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ConExpo-Con/AGG, IFPE 2011 Attracts Hundreds of Thousands to Las Vegas

Fri April 01, 2011 - National Edition
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In Generations Park, an original Caterpillar Twenty crawler, serial number 0001, was on display.
In Generations Park, an original Caterpillar Twenty crawler, serial number 0001, was on display.
In Generations Park, an original Caterpillar Twenty crawler, serial number 0001, was on display. An Etnyre Blackhawk trailer provides a great place for visitors to rest their aching feet. (L-R): Pro-Tec’s Denny Caldwell, Robyn Zylman and Ron Wey were on hand to discuss trench safety. Allied Construction Product’s Chris Cadnum (L) and Rich Steinbrenner field questions about their new PowerPortable Boom series. Jim Preston of Conaggbit Inc., based in Mukilteo, Wash., was at the show to discuss Minnich’s new A-5SCW dow pin drill equipped with wireless remote and dust collection system. (L-R): Rudd Equipment Company’s Martin McCutcheon, Josh Poston and Dave Sizemore lend a hand at Volvo’s exhibit. Thomas Berry, archivist of the Historical Construction Equipment Association, shows off a new limited edition 1:10 scale model of the Otis Shovel, which is featured as a part of the association’s logo. Duane Webb (L) and Tracy Black of Kenco Corporation greet attendees at their outdoor exhibit. At NPK’s exhibit, John Moore (L) and Ryan Perkins proudly stand in front of their giant GH-50 hydraulic hammer. (L-R): Alan Binder, executive vice president; Brendan Binder, president and COO; and Bob Binder, chairman of the board, all of Binder Machinery Company, South Plainfield, N.J., take a much-deserved break from walking the miles of floor space at ConExpo-Co (L-R): Jim Donoghue, chairman of LiuGong North America, poses with Denis Charbonneau and his son, Yannick Charbonneau, and Eric Dagenais of Group GYMDEX, the LiuGong dealer in Terrebonne, Quebec, Canada. Jon Linstruth (R) of ASCO in Austin, Texas, dropped by the CEG booth to grab a photo op with his Western representative, Dale Agnew. Wirtgen, Hamm and Vogele boasted an impressively expansive display in the Central Hall. (L-R): Jeremy and Joe Jensen of Aggregate Machinery Inc. in Salem, Ore., have just been discussing the Raptor XL 500 cone crusher with Jerrod Dulmes of FLSmidth. (L-R): Dynapac’s Ricardo Perez has been pointing out the features of the CA 250 D compactor to Roberto Marte, Ronald Miller and Jose Cestero of Trekker Tractor in Florida. (L-R): Dynapac’s Bill Nittinger explains the F 1000T paver to Jeff Gessner of Newton Asphalt Paving Inc. in Strasburg, Ohio. (L-R): Nevada Espinoza, John Paterno and Mark Nova of the New York City DOT have just learned the features of the PL500 TD deep-cut milling machine from Bill Nittinger of Dynapac. (L-R): Seydel Jarquinn, Midco Demolition Tool in Dallas, Texas, and Chris Spainhour, Solida in Granbury, Texas, discuss hydraulic hammers and Solida tools with Ryan McDonald, McDonald Excavating Inc., and Mike Green, Green Construction Inc., both in Washo (L-R): Buddy Shandy and George Denny, Kirby-Smith Machinery in Oklahoma and North Texas, discuss the Vogele Vision 5200-2 paver with Rick Nichols of Team Fishel in Roanoke, Texas. (L-R): Matt Nelson (L) of Dynapac and Herb Lohnes of Diesel Machinery Inc. in Sioux Falls, S.D., interrupt their conversation for a quick photo op in front of the Dynapac CC224 HF roller. Eddie Gilmore (L) of Summit Truck Equipment takes a photo op with one of his company’s custom service trucks and Michael Morton of Essex Crane Rental Co. in Buffalo Grove, Ill. (L-R): Brothers Dave and Rob Desjardins of Desjardins Contracting Ltd. in Kelowna, B.C., speak with Kevin Loomis of Chicago Pneumatic about the RX 53 hydraulic hammer. (L-R): Dan Blade, Frank Priddy and Steve Green of Hi-Way Equipment are ready to help greet customers at the Case booth. LeeBoy displayed a host of track pavers, rubber tire pavers and much more. (L-R): Enrico Perissinotto of PEMO pumps in Milan, Italy; and Douglas Craver ADEDGE Technologies in Scottsdale, Ariz., have been talking about the PEMO pump with Dan Drinkwater of Crisp Industries/AZFAB in Bridgeport, Texas. (L-R): Lawrence Olguin of Tractor Service in Albuquerque, N.M.; Dave Watson, NorAm; and Jack Zibert, also of Tractor Service have been talking about the ease of service with the NorAm 65E. (L-R): Eric Mueller of NorAm speaks with Peter and Cindy Baschmann of Baschmann Services Inc. in Elma, N.Y, about the big benefits in a small package with the NorAm 65E. Rick Jensen (L) of J&R Atkinson in Shellbrook, Canada, has learned a great deal about the stability of the Klein trap tank K-400 from Johnny Rainey, Klein Products Inc. Curt Unger (L), president LiuGong North America, takes a photo op with one of his dealers,  Dave Hertz of Midwest Equipment in Vermillion, S.D., and the 835lll wheel loader. Lon Coon (L), Stephenson Equipment, a new LiuGong dealer in Syracuse, N.Y., discusses their marketing strategies with Curt Unger, president LiuGong North America. (L-R): Michael Lalonde and Dennis McShaw of Westrax Machinery Inc. in Rancho Dominguez, Calif., celebrate their March 16 contract signing to be a new LiuGong dealer with Curt Unger, president, LiuGong North America. (L-R): Steve Inman, Maeda, has been learning how Tyler Poulsen and Treini Smith of Jacobsen Construction Co. in Salt Lake City, Utah, have been using their Maeda MC 405 on their new retail/residential job in downtown Salt Lake. Dale Deweese (L), Werk-Brau Co., has been discussing the speed and efficiencies of the Bayonet Breaker/Werk-Brau hydraulic hammer/bucket system with Corky Underwood, inventor of the Bayonet Breaker in Prosper, Texas. Dave Martin (L), LBX has been discussing sales techniques for the 250 X3 excavator with Steve Schweigert of Bejac Corporation, the California LBX dealer. Drills, air compressors and much more pervaded the Atlas Copco exhibit in Central Hall. Casey Reed (L), MB America Inc., takes a photo op with Dana Warren of T.W. Excavating & Development in Rowley, Mont., and the MB-S23 crusher. (L-R): Howard Bair and Gary Kuck of Augaize County Highway Department in Wapakoneta, Ohio, discuss the Broce RJT 350 with a gutter brush with Jim Cornelsen, Broce Manufacturing. David Haskins (L) of Cornell Pump Co. in Reno, Nev., learns about the structure of the RANCO  LW 21040 from Johnny Aguilar, Dragon Products. (L-R): It’s photo-op time for Ben Warner, Warner Tractor & Equipment Inc. in Troy, Pa.; Andea Zamboni, CEO of TESMEC; John Garner of TESMEC USA and the TRS 1075 bucket trencher. (L-R): Paul Ebersele, Ditch Witch; Kevin Hass and Wyatt Allen of Western Foundation and Shoring Inc. in San Diego have been discussing the attributes of the Ditch Witch JT 100 trencher. (L-R): James McRay, director of marketing; Gary Stephens, national sales manager; Alex Nedeltchev, director of engineering; Greg Michalek, plant production manager; Mike Ross, slide rail system specialist; and Micky King, shoring production foreman, all o (L-R): Janene Ferris, Bryan Witchey and Raquel Van De Venter of The Equipment Lock Company introduced several new anti-theft devices at the show. (L-R): Steve Cooney, Barney Dugan and Tom Vernon welcome attendees to F & M Mafco’s booth. (L-R): Okada America’s Tony Neikirk, Cindy Smith and Bob Hagaman welcome attendees to their booth. (L-R): Robby Udelson of Powertrac Machinery, based in Miami, Fla., talks with Gary Lima and Jeremy Demelo of L82 Construction based in London, Ontario, at the Caterpillar exhibit. This Eagle Crusher 3242 jaw crusher was sold to a contractor in Algeria. Tana Utley, vice president and chief technology officer of Caterpillar, cuts the ribbon to open Generations Park. Behind Utley is a Cat Twenty tractor. David Grzelak, chairman and CEO of Komatsu America Corp., welcomes the media to the Komatsu exhibit and gets them updated on the situation in Japan. At the Allied Construction Products booth (L-R) are Ray Roland, chairman of Roland Machinery Co.; Ed Turner, president & CEO of Allied Construction Products; Mike Kohler of Allied; Jimmy Slavens of Allied; and Mike Green, vice president of Waukesha-Pearce Josip Bakula (L) came all the way from Bosnia and toured the Exodus booth with the help of Chris Fodor of Exodus. The Hyundai booth drew large crowds all week with the help of the Hyundai girls. Jamie Cole (L) and Dale Richardson of Link-Belt welcome attendees to the Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company exhibit. Paladin’s Christian Jarzab (L) teamed up with new partner Miller UK’s Stephen McMahon at Paladin’s booth. (L-R): Glenn Wills and Kerry Lankford of KW Lankford Excavating out of Tennessee talk with John Deere’s Michael Ackerman about their equipment lineup. Larry Matus of Gensco fields inquiries about his company’s new CAYMAN mobile shear attachments. Mark Odorico of RWF Industries shows off the Bron Mulcher. Metso’s Lokotrak ST3.5 beckons passersby to the company’s exhibit in Central Hall. Paul Morgan (L) and Mike Meehan were at the show to introduce Toku America, the manufacturer of Striker hydraulic breakers. Kent Pugsley (L), COO of Asphalt Recovery Specialists, based in Colorado, joined Morbark’s Tim Adams to discuss recycling and Morbark’s Wood Hog 4600XL. Looking over the new Hyundai R145LCR-9 excavator are PJ Zareski (L), Shadow Builders, and Chris Tartaglia of Tartaglia Landscape, both of Connecticut. (L-R): Talking trailers are Barry Hale, Hale Trailer Brake & Wheel; Gary Dwerlkotte, Landoll Corp.; William Fryer, Hale Trailer Brake & Wheel; and Jim Ladner, Landoll Corp. Manning the Landoll Corp. booth are Jamie Meier (L) and Gary Douglas, both of Landoll Corp. Here they stand in front of the ICON 6510 construction disc. (L-R): Taking time for a quick picture are Kent van Zanten, Komatsu America; Lauri McNulty, Komatsu America; David Mehrtens, Road Builders Machinery and Supply Co. Inc.; Mario Muxo, Komatsu America; Jay Germann, Roland Machinery Co.; Doug Mehner, Road Bui Tonya Bair of Bair Products, Louisburg, Kan., shows her newest products to J. Dale Clare of Cliftondale Construction Co. Rob Murray (L), product line manager of Stanley LaBounty, and Jesus Ruiz of Stanley Black & Decker show off the new Stanley MB05 breaker, which is capable of mounting to a skid steer or a mini-excavator without having to change out the mounting brackets. Bomag’s Chris Connolly takes some time out at ConExpo to explain the finer points of the MPH122 stabilizer/recycler to a couple of interested buyers. (L-R): Matt Hanson, project manager, equipment division; Corey Poppe, marketing communications; Andy Davenport, digital media; and Brooks Hill, customer support-components are all decked out in the company flannel, which worked out well in the unusually c A Tramac V1800 frames the company’s exhibit. Duratech’s president, Bob Strahm, and Sales & Marketing Coordinator Heather Strahm stand behind the wood grinding head at their booth. The Allmand booth was busy with many visitors checking out new job site lighting solutions with products such as the new Pro V-Series Light towers, on hand. Carter Storin (R), eastern operations director, and Inside Sales Jerry Neubauer are ready for ques Steve Sepaniak (L), Arctic Snow & Ice Control Products, shows Daniel Matarese, Danco Contracting, the sectional plow from Arctic Snow & Ice Control Products. Ion Warner, senior director of marketing, CNH, presents a check to Jennifer Ramieh of the American Red Cross, southern Nevada chapter. Drew Carey welcomes Dean Leonetti, Eagle Power & Equipment, to the “Cleveland Rocks” party, held at the Boulevard Bar & Grill and hosted by Allied Construction Products LLC. Michael Hickerson, Kobelco Construction Machinery America, answers questions from the media about the Kobelco SK295 excavator. Jim Hasler, vice president of CNH, addresses the media at the Kobelco Construction Machinery America exhibit. (L-R): Nick Korn, regional sales manager of Rotochopper of St. Charles Minn., shows customers Perry Isaacs, owner of Palm Tree Cut of Anaheim, Calif., with his father, Dean Isaacs, Rotochopper’s massive B66T with its unique track and dolly setup. John Manzi (L), product specialist of Bobcat, West Fargo, N.D., shows the extendable reach on this Bobcat mini-excavator to Steve Bennett of Bob Bennett Construction from Akron, Ohio. In the cab of this Cat 320E fifth generation hydraulic excavator is Brent Mehmert of Mehmert Tilling, Lime Springs, Iowa. Going over the cab features is Cat Specialist Kit Kyarsgaard. This unit was featured in the Classics booth, one of many exhibits that Seemingly tangled together at the Screen Machine display was a Spyder 516T, 6036T and a 4043T Impact. Troy Hitchcock, Kobelco Construction Machinery America, explains the easy access to perform maintenance on the Kobelco 55srx excavator. Mark Kruepke (L) and his brother, Dennis (R), both of McCann Industries, stop by the Case booth to visit with Eric Nettleton, territory sales manager of Case Construction. Dan Dean (L), Case Construction, answers some questions about product support from Ted Rose of Luby Equipment Services. In front of the NorAm 65 grader (L-R) are Dave Watson, NorAm; Mark Gronkiewicz, Lorn Schuessler and Wayne Massid, all of West Side Tractor Sales Co. Inc.; and Eric Mueller of NorAm. Werner Schwind, executive board member of Wacker Neuson, brings the media up to date on everything that is going on at his company. Dave Thorsen and Bruce Forster (seated), both of Lift Systems Inc., got the best seat in the house when they stopped by the Industrial Seats booth. Making sure they were comfortable are Heather and Bill Wickert, both of Industrial Seats, a division of Uni The M-B-W display was well stocked with compaction and concrete equipment and prospective customers. Caterpillar’s new CT 660 vocational truck. A visitor tries out the Caterpillar small wheel loader operator training simulator. Consistently among the must-see shows at ConExpo is the JCB Dancing Diggers, which drew tremendous crowds as they performed their new backhoe loader and skid steer loader routine. ESCO representatives are poised to discuss their company’s line of buckets, teeth and more. Ongoing presentations of the new generation of JCB skid steer loaders and compact track loaders were conducted by George Chaney (L), JCB Inc.’s product manager, skid steer and compact track loaders, and Larry Ashley, JCB Inc.’s sales support m Bill Gearhart (R) of Yanmar Construction Equipment, Adairsville, Ga., demonstrates the features of the new Yanmar SV100 excavator to (L-R) Len Honcoop, Chris Honcoop and Eric Molendyk of Len Honcoop Gravel, Lynden, Wash. JCB’s vision is focused on being the first to bring the JCB ICXtracked compact backhoe to the marketplace making it “the world’s first compact track backhoe.” Attendees wanting to obtain information on the newest products available for maximizing their attachment performance stopped by the HydrauliCircuit Technology booth to talk with (L-R, center) David Perry, Mike Davis and Bobby Hudson of HydrauliCircuit Tec Wirtgen’s Jeff Wiley (R) draws quite a crowd at a conference to promote the newest Wirtgen products and to provide information on the latest technology used in building the Wirtgen milling machines. Top executives of Mack Trucks field questions from the media after a comprehensive presentation of its newest product offerings, the latest technology for lower fuel consumption and a recap of its 111-year heritage of U.S. manufacturing. (L-R) are John Wa Introducing the new Hamm GW280 compactor is Hamm’s Jim Holland (second from R) to (L-R) Chuck Thompson, Kirby-Smith Machinery, Amarillo, Texas; Alan Hagemeir, J. Lee Milligan Inc., Amarillo, Texas; and Doug Walterscheid, also of J. Lee Milligan Inc. For some attendees ConExpo was their first exposure to the vast offerings from SANY, including its newest excavator products. SANY had a huge presence in the Silver Lot at ConExpo. Representatives of GrinderCrusherScreen in Portland, Ore., met with manufacturer, Screen USA based in Smyrna, Ga., and (L-R) included Mark Combs, Vicki Perdue and Brian Tinker of GrinderCrusherScreen; Neal Kaiserman and Rick Cohen of Screen USA; Mark Morr For crushing and screening needs, contractors steadily visited Sandvik’s exhibit in Central Hall. Representatives of Sakai America in Adairsville, Ga., were happy to have many of their top dealers stop by their exhibit area for a visit including Marcus Archer (C) of James River Equipment, Charlotte, N.C. (L-R, remaining) are Sakai representatives Todd Standing in front of their special ConExpo edition 912HM truck (L-R) are Hydrema’s Sterling Roberts, Kris Binder and Kevin O’Donnell. All experienced great traffic through their outdoor exhibit area and tremendous interest in the product line. Gathering at the FAE exhibit area (L-R) are Andreas Lambacher, worldwide sales manager of PrimeTech and Franco Covi, shareholder of FAE Group, both based in Italy; Giorgio Carera, CEO of FAE USA Inc., Flowery Branch, Ga.; Diego Scanconi, president FAE Gro At the Honda Power Equipment booth, attendees seized the opportunity to “crank up” the newest products offered by the company. Not a concept, but a reality. Takeuchi introduced the world’s first fully electric hydraulic excavator at ConExpo. At the Solesbee’s booth, (L-R) are Andre Trudeau, R.W.D. Inc. Manitoba, Canada; Gage Hunt of Solesbee’s Equipment & Attachments, Douglasville, Ga.;  Claude Trudeau, also of R.W. D. Inc. Sitting in a hydraulic thumb and bucket is David Jenkins, With an upswing in the industry, manufacturers came to ConExpo with great expectations. Many machines had “Sold” signs on them. (L-R): Ben Sherod, product specialist, and Tate Huizer, project engineer of Weiler of Knoxville Iowa,, talk with Fred Rio, Caterpillar paving specialist, America South, out of Brazil, South America, who said the South American market is experiencing robus Kubota debuted the New Kubota SVL track machine, which was a big hit at this year’s ConExpo. Dave Watz of D&H Paving, Buffalo N.Y., checks out the new machine. John Conner of Stephenson Equipment, Prospect Park, Pa., shows off the new Rogers Gentle Riser trailer to attendees at the show. A ConExpo visitor enjoys Liebherr’s tower crane operator simulator Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman addresses the media during the company’s press event on Wednesday, March 23. Here, he offers Caterpillar’s sympathy and prayers for the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami. Peter Bigwood (L), president of Flip Screen USA, poses for a photo with Sam Turnbull, managing director of Flip Screen Australia, Wagga Wagga NSW, Australia. Mike Ferguson (L) and Jason Schott of MultiQuip are proud to show off the Viper Pro trench roller. Rick Finney (L) and Doug Secord stand in front of the Husky 4 from Formost Industries. The undercarriage of the Cat 320D excavator was modified to achieve high approach angle. The Miskin 20C is a 20.3 cu. yd. (15.5 cu m) scraper engineered with the hydraulic lines secured behind steel plate. Megan Justice (pictured here) said the product delivers more blade clearance and a steeper dump. The K-Tec pull scraper is a 54-yd. (49.4 m) machine that can be attached to any 40-ton (36.3 t) carrier. Denny Bouchard (L) and Kelly Goosen of K-Tec are ready to answer questions. David (L) and Rusty Mabry of Mabry Construction, Ruston, La., are looking over the Kubota U-55 excavator.  The new model comes with increased power, more durability and comfort for more productivity. The new Tier IV engine was a big topic of conversation at the Case exhibit. The Volvo A40F 40-ton articulated (36.3 t) truck was tough to get a close look at due to the many contractors who were crowded around it. Ready to answer questions about the Tramac and Montebert products (L-R) are Greg Henry, general manager of heavy attachments; Maurice Stanich, president Montabert; Patrick Quattroccolo, Montabert; Bruce Collins vice president of attachments, aftermarket. Derek Miller (L), Mission Viejo, Calif., and Dmitri M. Cremo, Pittsburgh, Pa., both of Chicago Pneumatic, displayed their lineup of trench rollers, soil compactors, hammers and, of course, air compressors. Eddie and Pamela Duff of Carr & Duff Inc., Huntingdon Valley, Pa., stop by Construction Equipment Guide’s booth for conversation and a quick photo. The Kleemann Mobirex MR110Z EVO mobile impact crusher boasts impressive capabilities, including maximum feed capacity of 350-tons (317.5 t) per hour and a crusher inlet of 44 in. x 32 in. (17.3 by 81.3 cm). (L-R): Charles Busch and Mike Carney, both of Dielco Cranes in Las Vegas, and Tom Fox, service manager of H&E Equipment Services, Trussville, Ala. The Manitowoc 888 is a completely remanufactured crane and is part of a new program offered by H&E. (L-R): Russ Warner, Doosan Portable Power; Shawn Davis and Dominic Frank, both of Volvo Rents, Pittsburgh; Andrew Miller and Alex Paris, both with Alex E. Paris Contracting Company, Pittsburgh. The tricked out ConExpo show edition New Holland L220 skid steer loader has a 2,000-lb. (907 kg) capacity and a vertical lift height of 121 in. (307 cm).  Jorge De Hoyos of New Holland said many visitors to their booth asked if a version similar to the mo Even at a show featuring many really big machines the LH 120 dedicated port handler from Liebherr stood out.  The machine has an 85-ft. (26 m) reach and can reach 40 ft. (12.2 m) into the hull of a ship. Pictured here are Paul Hill and Ana Cabiedes-Uranga Glen Calder with his Mauldin 690G. The redesigned 690G features a new Berco track system available in steel, polyurethane pads or rubber tires and a new self dumping hopper. Jessica Howisey, marketing specialist, and Mark Lunsford, eastern regional sales manager, both of Helac Corporation, stand by their company’s new Tilt Roto. ?Ashley Seaton and Jason Zylstra of Vermeer, Pella, Iowa, stand in front of the new Vermeer RTX550 rubber-tire trencher, which features the TrenchSense electronic control system. (L-R): Bob Tedesco, founder and CEO of Gorilla Hammers, Randolph, Mass., stands in his exhibit alongside David Chamberlain of Bodine Mfg., the new Gorilla Hammer’s dealer for Ontario, Canada; and John Franchi, international and domestic account exec DJ Cavaliere of COR Equipment Sales flew to Las Vegas from Stamford, Conn., to visit with customers and manufacturer representatives, alongside his brother, Lou Cavaliere of Cavaliere Industries, also in Stamford. Once again, ConExpo seemed like Disney World with the tremendous crowds that attended the five-day event. Exodus Machines, Superior, Wisc., provides purpose built material handlers that maximize durability, productivity and efficiency.  Doug Hansen (L), president of The W.I. Clark Company, Wallingford, Conn., poses in front of the Exodus MX447 material handle (L-R): Evan Clarke, vice president of Kleemann, Nashville, Tenn., joins Doug Hansen, president of The W.I. Clark Company, Wallingford, Conn., the new Kleemann dealer for Connecticut and Rhode Island, and Joe Schappert, technical sales manager of Kleemann Gary Bell, vice president, general manager of Kawasaki Construction Machinery Corp. of America, Kennesaw, Ga., introduced the company’s new 42ZV-2 (shown above) and 45ZV-2 compact wheel loaders. ConExpo only happens every three years and Jesse Roy, supervisor of marketing and branch operations of Rotobec Inc., St. Justine, Canada, was among the 2,000 exhibitors who wasn’t going to miss the exceptional opportunity to display their product li McCloskey International Ltd.’s exhibit consisted of various models and types of recycling equipment, as well as a hospitality tent for current and prospective customers. For more than two decades, Continental BioMass Industries Inc., Newton, N.H., has manufactured profitable and environmentally friendly grinding, chipping and shredding machines and systems. At ConExpo 2011, the CBI team was readily available to provide us Rubble Master introduced the RM100 2.0, its new mobile compact crusher, to prospective buyers around the world. Many manufacturers at the show introduced new products and machines to more than 140,000 attendees. Sal Rizzo, owner of Salsco Inc., Cheshire, Conn., presented his latest model, the TP-411 track paver. Tom Boucher attended ConExpo to support and promote Bortech Corp. of Keene, N.H., which manufactures and provides service for automated bore welding systems. Wayne Powell, senior manager of product support of Kawasaki Construction Machinery Corp. of America in Kennesaw, Ga., rests his hand on the new 45ZV-2 compact wheel loader, which was designed to have the performance and reliability of larger Kawasaki whee At Wacker Neuson’s exhibit in the Silver Lot the company held an “Excavator Challenge.” Participants had the chance to win two tickets for a helicopter ride over the Las Vegas Strip. Rockster Recycler’s continued success and growth within the construction industry has been based on its goal to design a smaller-scale machine that matches or even surpasses the efficiency of larger plants. Its new 37-ton (33.6 t) R1100 impact crush Doppstadt US’s George Wilcox (L) and Martin Morgan help introduce the very first SM 1200 SA Triflex to the North American market. John Heinen (L) of Vermeer takes some time out to answer customer questions about the company's D1000 x 900 NAVIGATOR horizontal directional drill. There was plenty of fun to be had at the outdoor Link-Belt display where visitors had a chance to roll the dice in Las Vegas in a decidedly different way. With a new take on James Naismith’s game, visitors to the Link-Belt display could play a little basketball, complete with an official overseeing the action. New Holland's “Main Street” themed display gave potential customers a chance to see how the company’s equipment could best suit their individual needs. Bobcat had its fleet of skid steers well represented at the outdoor exhibit the company had at ConExpo. Hitachi’s eye catching multi-media display was a hit with ConExpo visitors. Achiel Sturm of Topcon offers some driving tips at the company’s very popular dozer simulator. Komatsu excavators weren’t the only thing able to lift boulders in Las Vegas. The Terex HPT 11/38 hydra platform garnered a lot of attention at the company’s exhibit in the Gold Lot. At The Komatsu Challenge attendees got the chance to “race” articulated dump trucks for prizes in the fast-paced, game show like setting. Tier IV compliance and “green” options were two of the topics discussed throughout ConExpo at the Komatsu exhibit. Astec’s scale model of a hot mix asphalt plant attracted plenty of attention. During the bilingual presentation at Hyundai’s outdoor display, company executives tossed free polo shirts to the appreciative crowd. While Mack showed off many of its latest models, it was a 1916 Mack AC 3.5-ton (3.1 t) truck that generated a fair share of attention. The striking LiuGong display was a favorite destination of many ConExpo attendees. When visitors weren’t checking out the numerous recycling pieces at the Sandvik exhibit, they were looking over the company sponsored NASCAR car that features the Sandvik Quarry Academy logo on the hood. Indexator Inc., headquartered in Ontario, Canada, attracted ConExpo attendees to its exhibit with a live demonstration of the Rototilt, a versatile excavator attachment that has the ability to dig, tilt and rotate in a single movement. Furukawa’s rock drill and breaker division was well represented at ConExpo. (L-R): Jeff Crane, vice president; George Ellis, regional sales manager; Jorge Gutierrez, international sales manager; and Charles Smallwood, regional sales manager. The new Terex AL 4L light tower features LED lighting with an average 50,000-hour lifespan. AEM representatives and members cut the ceremonial ribbon marking the official opening of ConExpo-Con/AGG 2011 on Monday, March 21. Visitors get ready to enter ConExpo-Con/AGG. Link-Belt cranes amid many others soar above the Gold Lot. Astec Industries representatives are busy with a slew of visitors. Bomag had contractors’ compactions needs covered at ConExpo-Con/AGG 2011. IronPlanet was eager to discuss the company’s upcoming online auctions. Kawasaki displayed many of its wheel loaders. Participants at the Link-Belt outdoor exhibit could show off their operating skills. Gehl displayed its 150th anniversary commemorative skid steer. The big 800-pound gorilla in the room was Gorilla Hammers. A Bauer drill pierces the Las Vegas sky at ConExpo-Con/AGG 2011. Wells Fargo made a nod to its past during ConExpo-Con/AGG 2011. A Volvo pipelayer turns heads upwards at the company’s exhibit in North Hall. Kenny Schrader (L), NASCAR driver, does a meet and greet with his legion of fans at the Sandvik exhibit. At the Topcon exhibit visitors could sit in a cut out dozer and view a job site in 3-D. A Case 1021F wheel loader entices visitors with a staged example of its loading prowess. Tim Watters (L), president of Hoffman Equipment, shows Ted McKeon, publisher of Construction Equipment Guide, the features of the all new Terex TA 300 articulated truck. Doosan featured the all new DX 700, 150,000-lb. excavator matched up with its MT 41, 40-ton articulated truck. John Deere continues to better serve its customers by introducing virtual operator training simulators. Caterpillar generated a lot of excitement with the introduction of its vocational trucks. This Case skid steer is built for the military, tough enough to withstand being air dropped to U.S. troops. This Volvo simulator gives operators a feel for actual machine operation. Contractors interested in Volvo products enjoy an informative video. Lee Horton, president of Leading Edge Attachments, demonstrates the features of his ripper Allu conducts live demonstrations of its screening buckets. Larry Giberson (L) discusses his complete lineup of material processing attachments, including the Eco Crusher and the Eco Muncher. The Edward Ehrbar Company recently announced that it is representing the Terex lineup of compact construction equipment in the New York metropolitan area and Connecticut (L-R): Jamie Wright and Tom Reith, both of Terex; Matt Ahern, Steve Schiavetta, Patri A steady crowd during ConExpo-Con/AGG kept the folks at MWI Corporation busy showing off their pumps. Part of the contingent from Ring Power Corporation was touring the outside exhibits.  (L-R): Mike Tropsha, Dan Leach, David Alban and Neil Carbaugh. Kelly Tractor Company of Miami, Fla., drew a lot of interest in its foundation equipment. This 1936 Rex Chainbelt Model 7S is overshadowed by its new cousin, the RexCon Batch Plant. Tier IV is all the rage in today’s market and that includes Thompson Pump’s 18JSVJ with the new John Deere PowerTech PVX 6090H engine. Russ Benuche of Globe Trailers had a full trailer, especially around lunchtime. Robert Griffiths (L), Jacksonville, Fla., branch manager of Heavyquip, spends a few minutes with Robert Struck of R.W. Struck Inc. in Elma, N.Y., going over all the company has to offer. Fred and Wilma Flintstone were at the first ConExpo and also made the 2011 one. Kevin O'Donnell (R) of Hydrema Trucks discuses the latest innovations in articulated truck technology. Mike Hinton (C), sales manager, and Mark Hollister, president of Norco Attachments, finally got a break after the show closed for the day. Rebecca Rutherford, helped draw a crowd to the Myers-Seth Pump booth. Standing with her are Charlie Barbour (L), Myers-Seth Pump, and David Priestly, president of Continental Engies of Greenville, S.C. Among the new Chinese manufacturers, Lishide had a good display of its equipment. John Deere’s scraper tractor video drew a steady crowd. Ashland Earthmover is now working with Case to market its line of pull scrapers. Mike Metcalf (L) and Jamie Vokes of Pirtek USA said they were having a good (and busy) show. Costex Tractor Parts’ booth drew a steady crowd looking at the parts the company furnishes to the construction industry. Representing Pemberton Attachments (L-R) are Jason Putnal, Luke Pemberton, Mike Ganier, Mike Duffy, Raven Cappola, Todd Pemberton and Scott Bagget. Jessica Howisey, marketing specialist, and Mark Lunsted, eastern regional attachments manager, were proud to show off their new Helac tilt rotator. Roy McCaughy (L) and Joe Strong, both of Bad Dog Tools are eager to how their Biters offer “less bark and more bite.” ConExpo-Con/AGG 2011 once again was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center and drew hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the world. David Leach of BYG Corp. stands ready to discuss DRP teeth and adaptors and more. (L-R): Shane Jimison, Dave Stafford and Craig Biers, all of Brunner & Lay are enjoying their time at ConExpo-Con/AGG. Robert Schutt of Crafco stands in front of his new product on display at ConExpo. Jim Palmer (L) of Diamond Products speaks with just a few of the many visitors to his exhibit at ConExpo. Laura Shields (R) of Godwin Pumps meets with a few potential customers. QPR’s driveway repair mix was a hit with the crowd. Sealmaster’s magician was a hit with the crowd. Rick York of Justa Buckets stands in front of the new Pitbull 2300. Tharen Peterson of MDS quotes a price on the new Auger Torque line, which the company is now distributing in the United States. Dan Cribari (L) of Valk Manufacturing rests his weary legs for a moment. In the North Hall, Caterpillar displayed its new 775G Tier IV final off-highway truck — one of only six currently in the field. This one, used by a local Las Vegas quarry, already has 2,200 hours on it. Unique Paving Materials representatives meet with a prospective customer. A ConExpo attendee tries out the Whiteman concrete smoother. ARI Hetra showcased its lift during ConExpo. Bob Schumanni (L) and Mike Krajewski stand in front of one of many lines SHURCO offers. Buffalo Turbine showcased many of its blowers during the show. Alibaba.com’s human robot was a crowd pleaser. Lou Holena of Royal Truck & Equipment speaks with customers about his company’s on-highway trucks. Snorkel introduced four new products at ConExpo — the S6090RT twin-deck scissor lift, the A62JRT articulated boom lift, the T66JRT telescopic boom lift and the M1230E mast lift. Sellick Equipment displayed the first ever lift it sold, a restored 1968 Ford 4500 industrial gas tractor. Casey Reed (L) and Max Ravazzolo of MB Crusher take great pride in their ConExpo exhibit, which demonstrates their jaw crusher excavator attachment at work. GOMACO had everything a concrete paver could need. Mike Brewster of Tri-County Lift Truck in Demorestville, Canada, receives V.I.P. Treatment at the Komatsu exhibit. (L-R): Gordon Terry, Alistar Forsyth, Martin Quinn and William Morgan display the new Anaconda DF410 portable tracked crusher. Pat Andrew (L) and Gary Smith of Construction Equipment Company proudly point out the new features of the Screen-It 4 x 10 screening plant. (L-R): John Dancy and Chris Felosky of Monroe Tractor tour the Kleeman ConExpo exhibit with Scott Rommel of Poland Sand & Gravel in Poland, N.Y.  Rommel recently purchased a Kleeman portable tracked processing plant from Monroe Tractor. (L-R): Darin Ofstie of Precision Excavating, in Baldwin, Wis., and Dean Schilling of Extreme Seal Coating & Supply, in Lakeside, Colo., speak with Troy Dodson about RoadHog Inc’s milling attachments. (L-R): Frederick Revera II and Luis Cruz of Cruz Contractors LLC, based in Philadelphia, Pa., talk laser & GPS technology with Thad King of GeoShack. (L-R): Gradall Market Analyst Ty Simmelink, Gradall Industries President Michael Haberman and Director of Sales & Marketing Michael Norman were on hand to introduce Gradall’s Series IV highway speed excavators at ConExpo-Con/AGG. Kinshofer Managing Director Thomas Friedrich (L) and General Manager Francois Martin had three new products to discuss at the show. (L-R): Steve Antill, Chad Ode and Frank Osborn of Foundation Software welcome attendees to their booth. (L-R): Powerscreen’s Tyler Trowbridge joins Luc Grenier of Powerscreen of Canada, Jasmin Douville of Les Enterprises St-Ubald Inc., Tony Weir of Powerscreen and Eric Comeau, also of Les Enterprises St-Ubald Inc (Based in Quebec, Canada).

The mood was overwhelmingly positive at the ConExpo-Con/AGG and IFPE 2011 expositions held March 22-26 in Las Vegas.

Despite continued uncertainty in U.S. construction markets and the overall economy, industry professionals expressed hopeful optimism for a sustained U.S. upturn in the coming months, while global sales continue to be strong.

ConExpo-Con/AGG and IFPE 2011 attracted nearly 120,000 registered attendees; the shows were the global industry gathering place for the year and the largest gathering in North America since 2008 for the construction, construction materials and fluid power/power transmission/motion control industries. The shows were held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Attendees said they were at the shows to examine the newest equipment and product technologies and innovations to help them prepare for future business; exhibitors cited the high quality of customers and reported strong purchases and sales leads to new as well as existing customers.

“The construction industry has been through some very tough times, with record unemployment, since the last ConExpo-Con/AGG and IFPE in March 2008. With these positive numbers and the industry support of the shows, we’re optimistic about the future and looking forward to seeing these new sales orders fulfilled,” said Megan Tanel, AEM vice president of exhibitions and events.

“There was such a tremendous upbeat feeling at the shows; it was really great to see our industry looking ahead with some enthusiasm after the recession,” said Mike Haberman, chairman of the ConExpo-Con/AGG 2011 management committee and president of Gradall Industries.

A record number of more than 860 co-located events, educational programs and pre-planned meetings were held with the shows, plus dozens more meetings scheduled onsite. Co-locations included ICON Expo for the concrete products industry and several annual conferences of national industry associations.

Quality Attendance, International Scope

International registrations accounted for a record 24 percent of the total, representing more than 150 countries. ConExpo-Con/AGG 2011 and IFPE 2011 were among a select group invited to participate in the U.S. Department of Commerce International Buyer Program, which facilitates the participation of international visitors. The shows hosted 42 official international customer delegations from 37 countries, organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce as well as in-country associations and related groups.

The majority of show attendees were key company decision-makers, including 44 percent with the top titles of president/owner and vice president/general manager/chief financial officer.

“The increased global participation by attendees and exhibitors underscores the importance of world markets to our industry. The U.S. economy is slowly improving and we have a ways to go, especially in construction, but after 18 to 24 months there is more pent-up demand for equipment to be ready for the upturn,” Tanel said.

“IFPE-related markets have fared somewhat better than construction and there definitely was a lot of positive momentum and interaction on the show floor. At both shows, attendees told us this was the place they needed to be to check out what’s new and get up to speed on the latest industry trends,” said Melissa Magestro, IFPE show director.

On the Show Floor

Altogether on the show floor there were more than 2,400 exhibitors taking more than 2.34 million net sq. ft. of exhibit space. IFPE was the largest ever, and ConExpo-Con/AGG’s exhibit space was the second largest in the show’s history.

Reinforcing the global scope of the shows were 10 international exhibit pavilions — IFPE with pavilions from China, Italy and Taiwan, and ConExpo-Con/AGG with pavilions from China, Finland, Germany, Italy, Korea, Spain and United Kingdom.

IFPE 2011 featured exhibit pavilions from the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) and the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA), as well as an exhibit pavilion, which highlights the expanded presence of sensors manufacturers at the show. ConExpo-Con/AGG 2011 featured the IT & Business Solutions pavilion, sponsored by the Associated General Contractors of America.

Educational Opportunities

Industry-focused education was an important component of the show experience, and there were a record number of education, training and certification programs offered.

ConExpo-Con/AGG’s education program featured a record 126 sessions across nine tracks, with sessions emphasizing industry issues and trends, management and applied technology, and numerous industry training and certification programs also were held. New for 2011 were a Crane and Rigging Conference and the Green Roads Summit.

At IFPE 2011, the 52nd National Conference on Fluid Power featured a record 114 presentations, and the Innovations Theater offered 14 sessions developed from abstract submissions for the conference. New for 2011 were national conference keynote presentations from leading industry and university researchers, and sessions from the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power. IFPE also offered new college-level courses.

More than 80 allied associations and groups were official show supporting organizations, coming from the United States, Canada and more than a dozen countries worldwide. They promoted the shows’ value and brought qualified buyer groups to the events, and many helped develop direction and content of the shows’ education programs to ensure they met industry needs.

Safety, Training, Workforce Initiatives

A Lift Safety Zone focused on cranes and other aerial lift equipment and ensuring adequate ground support for the machine and load carried. In conjunction with the Crane and Rigging Conference, a Crane Rodeo promoted education and safety at the same time as providing a hands-on operational experience. These and the many certification and training programs held at the shows helped ensure a properly trained workforce of equipment operators and other jobsite personnel.

The International Mixer Driver Championship by NRMCA recognized driver skills and inspection expertise. The AEM teen-focused Construction Challenge competition presented by Volvo Construction Equipment generated interest in construction careers. The I Make America national grassroots campaign had a substantial presence to promote job-creation policies for manufacturing and construction that improve the economy and keep the U.S. globally competitive.

VIP Guests

The shows welcomed visits from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood as well as U.S. Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary Suresh Kumar and numerous other government officials.

Looking Ahead

The next edition of the triennial ConExpo-Con/AGG and IFPE expositions will be held in 2014 (March 18-22) at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.