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ConExpo Breaks Records in Vegas

It's Viva La Industry in Vegas as the show drew thousands of attendees.

Tue March 18, 2014 - Southeast Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

ConExpo-Con/AGG and IFPE 2014 took center stage in Las Vegas March 4 to 8 with tremendous energy and serious buyers.
ConExpo-Con/AGG and IFPE 2014 took center stage in Las Vegas March 4 to 8 with tremendous energy and serious buyers.
ConExpo-Con/AGG and IFPE 2014 took center stage in Las Vegas March 4 to 8 with tremendous energy and serious buyers. ConExpo-Con/AGG and IFPE 2014 took center stage in Las Vegas March 4 to 8 with tremendous energy and serious buyers. The Liebherr LR 1100 with a lifting capacity of 1,200 tons (1,089 t) made it one of the largest machines at ConExpo. Ron DeFeo (L), president of Terex, and Dennis Slater, president of the Association Of Equipment Manufactures, add their artistic touch to the “I Make America” mural that was created in the Terex exhibit with the help of show attendees to demon Yanmar's Mobil promotion team did an excellent job attracting attendees to the Yanmar stand. The Sennebogen 875E, weighing in at 308,644 lbs. (139,998 kg), was one of the largest machines in the show. It features a 14-cu. yd. (10.7 cu m) clamshell, standard 59 ft, 6 in. (18.1 m) reach and optional configuration delivering 83 ft. 8 in. (25.5 m) of IronPlanet Chairman and CEO Greg Owens explains to the media how IronPlanet makes buying and selling used equipment efficient and convenient through its online process. “A Car for a Cause.” This 1949 Hudson Commodore Eight made its way across the country in what was called the “Dire States” tour this past year to raise awareness for improvements to America’s aging infrastructure. Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman answers questions from the media during the manufacturer’s press conference on Tuesday, March 4. Volvo CE’s new president, Martin Weissburg, spoke to invited media at the company’s ConExpo press conference. Hitachi was excited to announce and display its new EH1100-5 haul truck. Representatives of Topcon assembled the press to provide an in-depth look at the newest Topcon technology, including the new LN-100, which is the world’s first 3D positioning solution specifically designed for BIM and construction layout. (L-R): Den NASCAR’s Kurt Busch (L), driver of the number 41 Stewart-Haas Chevrolet and a Las Vegas native, was spotted at the Atlas Copco booth signing autographs and getting photos with race fans, including Matt LaDuke of The W.I. Clark Co., Wallingford, Conn At the Hamm display, one of The Wirtgen Group’s Southeast dealers, Tractor & Equipment Company, based in Birmingham, Ala., was well represented at ConExpo and included company president Dan Stracener (L) and vice-president, Hugh Stith. If you didn’t stop by the Leica Geosystems exhibit area when in the North Hall, this guy would club you. The HydrauliCircuit Technology staff, based in McDonough, Ga., was out in full force at the show. (L-R): Brady Bardo, Navin Baliga, Mike Davis, Robbie Hegwood, Dan Fields, and Bobby Hudson. Roadtec’s Jeff Richmond, Jr. (L) goes over some of the features of the Roadtec SP-100e Stealth Paver, a gravity-fed paver utilizing a Carlson EZ screed, with S.T. Bunn III, S.T. Bunn Construction, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Terex touted its FD5000 CNG front-discharge mixer truck in the Gold Lot at ConExpo. Representatives of GrinderCrusherScreen, based in Smyrna, Ga., (L-R) are Bob Helms, Josh Kuehnel, Maria Staelens, and Mark Morris. SANY America’s CEO Mike Rhoda addresses the press on the latest news and product offerings from SANY. The impressive Komatsu display featured a wide assortment of products including its new line of dozers featuring Integrated Machine Control Technology. North meets south at the Company Wrench booth while Northeast Regional Manager Michael Gilmartin (L) and Southeast Regional Manager Dick Mizzell were on hand to talk equipment and services with attendees. Ken Byrd (L) and Masami Morooka, both of Morooka USA Inc., had a wide variety of their machines on hand for attendees to look over. Shown is the Morooka MST 2200VD, featuring a 250 hp (186 kW) Caterpillar Tier IV engine, 22,046 lbs. (9,999 kg) payload and Customers told Terex they liked their cranes, but noted the cabs were a bit cramped. Well not anymore — the SL3800 features the main operators seat plus additional seating for one more. Ben Cockerham (L) of McClung Logan Cranes & Equipment in Charlo Link-Belt showcased its latest innovative cranes. (L-R): Jeff Weller and Tami Perry, both of Link-Belt Mid Atlantic, Richmond, Va.; Chuck Martz, CEO/president, Link-Belt Cranes; Butch England, Link-Belt Mid Atlantic; Jim Gregory, Digging & Rigging, Mount The LBX rodeo competition, featuring the Tier IV final LBX250 X4 excavator, drew a steady stream of operators who tested their skills. The goal was to pick up three basketballs off the cones with the excavator bucket and place them in a large bucket. The Ponch Frank (L) and Bob Schafer (R) of Ranger Construction chat with Dave Julian of Kelly Tractor about the IMT A150 drill rig. Bar None Auction representatives smile for the camera at ConExpo. Bill Thompson, president of Thompson Pump, was enjoying the good crowds that visited his booth. Nick Kelly (L), Kelly Tractor Co. of Miami, Fla., speaks with Waldy Polizzi of West Wing Contracting, Pembroke Park, Fla., about a Link-Belt crane. Doug Myers, president and founder of Myers-Seth Pump Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla., stands in front of his new DD6 double diaphragm combination pump. The Volvo display featured machines ranging from its skid steer loader to a 10-cu. yd. (7.6 cu m) wheel loader capable of loading a 40-ton (36 t) truck in two or three passes, depending on the material. Case had a huge presence at ConExpo. Heavy traffic 
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John Deere’s exhibit. Caterpillar’s presence was pervasive and expansive at ConExpo. (L-R): Howard McNeil, Flagler Construction Equipment; Paul Valenti, vice president of Sun Recycling; Lori Waldrop of Volvo, and Mike Hinson of Flagler Construction Equipment took a few minutes to get off their feet and have a chat. Ray Ferwerda, president of G. S. Equipment in Tampa, Fla., was enjoying his travels around the show. Kawasaki’s new 9-cu. yd., 100,000-lb. (6.9 cu m, 45,359 kg) wheel loader was a must see for all aggregate producers. Caterpillar’s new 336F H Hybrid excavator was prominent at the manufacturer’s expansive exhibit. Kobelco took the field in Las Vegas, showing ConExpo visitors that it plans to be a big player in the worldwide equipment market. Mike Suddreth (L) of Acorn Construction Co., Raleigh, N.C., gets information about the Bell B30E off-highway truck from the president of Bell Equipment Co, Neville Paynter. (L-R): LiuGong Construction Machinery N.A. LLC’s President Marc Dowdell provided impressive results for 2013 as well as all the exciting new programs for 2014.

ConExpo-Con/AGG and IFPE 2014 took center stage in Las Vegas March 4 to 8 with tremendous energy and serious buyers. Total registration of 129,364 soared past the last edition of the shows as they achieved the second-highest attendance in their history. The shows also set new records for exhibit space, number of exhibitors and education tickets sold.

The co-located ConExpo-Con/AGG and IFPE, at the Las Vegas (USA) Convention Center, delivered a global showcase of the newest product innovations and technologies for the construction, construction materials and fluid power/power transmission/motion control industries with more than 1,000 new products and services on display.

Attendees also took advantage of the shows’ strong industry education programs and the unparalleled opportunity to connect with industry peers, take the pulse of what’s happening and learn what the future holds.

“The enthusiasm and traffic on the show floor was just incredible. Exhibitors cited the high quality of attendees; they told us these were serious buyers and reported robust sales to existing as well as new customers that exceeded their expectations,” said Megan Tanel, ConExpo-Con/AGG show director.

Quality Attendance, International Scope

ConExpo-Con/AGG and IFPE 2014 maintained the growing international scope of the shows with international registrations totaling more than 31,000, or an increase of nine percent from the most recent events. The number of countries represented increased to 170 from 159 in 2011, and the number of international attendees matched the record 24 percent of total attendance set in 2011. International attendance drew heavily from Latin America, China, Canada and Europe.

More than 75 percent of show visitors were in managerial roles (with 36 percent of these with the top titles of president/owner and vice president/general manager/chief financial officer).

Both shows set new records for exhibit space and number of exhibitors, ConExpo-Con/AGG with more than 2.35 million net sq. ft. of exhibit space and more than 2,000 exhibitors, and IFPE with more than 161,000 net sq. ft. and 400 exhibitors.

A record 41,000 education ticket sales were sold to the shows’ education programs, underscoring their relevance to helping attendees succeed in today’s business environment.

“ConExpo-Con/AGG and IFPE 2014 reflected the feeling of momentum building in the industry. We are industry-run shows with industry needs put first; these show numbers are a testament to the value attendees, exhibitors, and other stakeholders derive from their participation,” said Melissa Magestro, IFPE show director.

Global Industry Gathering Place

Among the show visitors were Acting U.S Deputy Secretary of Commerce Patrick D. Gallagher, Acting U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation Victor Mendez and former U.S. Rep. James Oberstar, who served as chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from 2007 to 2011.

The shows were chosen for the prestigious U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) International Buyer Program, which helps facilitate global attendance. More than 50 official international attendee delegations were organized by DOC as well as show industry partners.

More than 95 allied associations and groups were official supporting organizations, coming from the United States, Canada and 16 other countries worldwide.

Several national industry associations held their annual conventions or high-level board meetings at the shows; they joined hundreds of other industry and company meetings, from large events to smaller committees and other groups, all taking advantage of the shows to meet and share knowledge and learn from one another.

Education, Exhibits

The ConExpo-Con/AGG 2014 education program covered 120 sessions over 10 targeted tracks. The IFPE Technical Conference anchored IFPE 2014 education, joined by half-day “college-level courses” and a new Fluid Power Seminar series, from Hydraulics & Pneumatics magazine.

ConExpo-Con/AGG featured a new Demolition & Recycling exhibit pavilion from the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA) and the Technology & Construction Solutions pavilion from the Associated General Contractors of America.

IFPE featured exhibit pavilions from the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) and for sensors manufacturers and product suppliers.

Reinforcing the global scope of the shows were eight international exhibit pavilions: ConExpo-Con/AGG with China, Ireland, Korea, Spain and United Kingdom, and IFPE with China, Italy and Taiwan.

Show safety and education/training events at the shows included:

• NRMCA International Truck Mixer Driver Championship, from the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

• Lift Safety Zone, from NCCCO National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators and IPAF International Powered Access Federation

• Crane Operator Rodeo from Maximum Capacity Media

Industry recognition and networking events and programs also amplified the show experience:

• Innovation Awards program (from Diesel Progress magazine and global powertrain specialist ZF Friedrichshafen)

• Young Leaders event (from Construction Equipment magazine)

• Quality of Life industry recognition campaign (from Dexter + Chaney)

• 5K Run/Walk benefiting the non-profit Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund (from Maximum Capacity Media)

• Night at the Race Track hospitality event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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