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Charleston Hosts 39th Annual Construction & Design Expo

Mon April 16, 2018 - Northeast Edition #8
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(L-R): The crew at Anderson Equipment, including Brad Coleman, Andy Breedlove, Tammie Staten, Jonathan Hale, Taylor Reed and Casey Haverty, welcomed attendees to see their line of Komatsu, Kobelco and Takeuchi equipment on display at the show.
(L-R): The crew at Anderson Equipment, including Brad Coleman, Andy Breedlove, Tammie Staten, Jonathan Hale, Taylor Reed and Casey Haverty, welcomed attendees to see their line of Komatsu, Kobelco and Takeuchi equipment on display at the show.
(L-R): The crew at Anderson Equipment, including Brad Coleman, Andy Breedlove, Tammie Staten, Jonathan Hale, Taylor Reed and Casey Haverty, welcomed attendees to see their line of Komatsu, Kobelco and Takeuchi equipment on display at the show. Contractors Association of West Virginia Executive Director Mike Clowser was enthusiastic about the prospects for West Virginia’s construction industry in 2018. Vermeer Heartland’s George Jones (L) and Jon Abshire welcome attendees to their booth at the show. (L-R): Bob Runions of Leslie Equipment, West Virginia’s authorized John Deere construction equipment dealership, was joined by Allied Construction Products’ Rich Steinbrenner and John Grow and Pete Culicerto, also of Leslie Equipment, to discuss the company’s line of equipment. (L-R): Cephas Evans III of Ace Pipeline joined Shafer Equipment’s Amy Bishoff-Evans, Courtney Runyan and Billy Evans to discuss the dealership’s Terramac crawler carrier line for use in pipeline, environmental work and general construction. State Equipment’s Seth Gardner (L) and Rodney King welcomed attendees to review the dealership’s Case and Kubota machines on display at the show. Ritchie Bros.’ Dakota Dyer (L) and Todd Meadows spoke with attendees about the company’s upcoming auctions, including an auction in Columbus, Ohio, on April 20 in Nashville, Tenn. Bridgeport Equipment & Tool’s Bodie Grass (L) and Jeff Hartey spoke with attendees about their dealership’s broad range of equipment for sale and rent. Among the machines on display at the Walker Cat booth was this special edition 914M wheel loader purchased by Benchmark Construction and presented here by Walker Cat’s Gary Angle (L) and Chad Stewart. Rob Mitchell of Sullivan Palatek introduced the company’s D260 compressor at the show. William (Rusty) Harbert of Mountain Air Compressor was ready to talk Sullair compressors at the show.

The 39th annual West Virginia Construction & Design Expo was held March 21 and 22 at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, W.Va.

Ongoing major renovations of the Charleston Civic Center did little to impede the overall spirit of optimism and enthusiasm among those in attendance and exhibiting at the show. Speaking during a press conference at the event, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice cited a recent Association of General Contractors of America (AGC) report that ranked West Virginia as adding the highest percentage of new construction jobs this past year, with a 14.4 percent gain and a total of 4,300 jobs.

According to the Contractors Association of West Virginia Executive Director Mike Clowser, optimism abounds in the state because of growth in the area's construction and related fields spurred by increases in infrastructure development, mining and natural gas activities and forestry.

Sponsored and organized by association members from West Virginia's construction and design industries, the event was billed as the largest annual trade show of its kind in the region. With a goal of helping attendees learn about and incorporate the latest advances in technology, equipment and innovative management strategies, the show featured a wide range of more than 70 educational seminars and meetings.

With equipment displays and tabletop booth exhibits situated throughout the Civic Center, the trade show served as a forum for more than 400 exhibitors to showcase a wide range of equipment, products and services geared toward the state's architectural, building, construction and design industries.

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