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GIE+EXPO Draws Large Crowds to Louisville, Kentucky

Fri November 12, 2010 - Midwest Edition
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Chuck Rentfro (L) and Jeff Brown were stationed in Caterpillar’s indoor exhibit to discuss their new line up of equipment.
Chuck Rentfro (L) and Jeff Brown were stationed in Caterpillar’s indoor exhibit to discuss their new line up of equipment.
Chuck Rentfro (L) and Jeff Brown were stationed in Caterpillar’s indoor exhibit to discuss their new line up of equipment. In the outdoor demo area, Rob Jackson discusses the operating capabilities of Cat’s new the 305D CR mini-hydraulic excavator. Will Pinkerton (L) of the Plant Ranch in Tennessee gets some operating pointers from Colby Spielbusch of Ditch Witch. (L-R): Van Clarkson, JCB’s vice president of sales, Eastern Region, joins MH Equipment President Frederic Metzger and JCB District Manager Des Jarvis to introduce JCB’s new 4CX ECO backhoe loader. Nick Harlan of the City of Evansville, Ind., Parks Department is coached by Volvo’s John Nunnally before his try in the excavator rodeo. At the outdoor Case Construction Equipment exhibit, Kimberly Lilly from Michigan State University’s horticultural program turned out to be a natural behind the controls of the CX50B excavator. Dan Kakareka (L) of New Holland talks with Chris DiSabatino of DiSabatino Landscaping, Wilmington, Del. Mike Stegall (L) and Mike Cheek of Kubota invite attendees to try out some of their machines. (L-R): Volvo’s Marcello Bargellina, Jim Denhard and Andy Capps welcome attendees to the Volvo indoor exhibit. Ben Martin (L) of John Jones GM, Salem, Ill., gets some tips from Ryan Fohl of Bobcat Enterprises on the operating of an S630 skid steer loader by remote control. Indy Equipment & Supply’s Amrit Rebello was on hand to discuss this hydraulic power buggy. John Deere’s Manager of Commercial Development Steven Lotz (L) reviews features on a 35D compact excavator for Chris LeFevre of Northeast Irrigation and Landscape. Brad Stemper was on hand at the Case Construction Equipment exhibit to discuss the new 2011 Case 580N backhoe. (L-R): Chad VanSoelen, Jim Reeves, Kelli Meyer and Ron Vroegh welcome attendees to the Vermeer exhibit.

The 2010 GIE+EXPO was held from Oct. 28 to 30 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. This year Hardscape North America joined the show, offering attendees an opportunity to go to two shows at once.

Billed as the largest of its kind and drawing approximately 17,000 industry professionals, the show presented the latest in construction and landscape equipment as well as new products, supplies and services for general contractors, landscapers, golf course superintendents, municipalities and parks & recreation professionals.

Equipment, products and services were displayed by the 500 exhibiting companies that covered approximately 500,000 sq. ft. inside the Kentucky Exposition Center. In the area outside, nearly 100 equipment companies presented live demonstrations and held equipment rodeos where attendees had an opportunity to try out the equipment for themselves. Inside, the new products arena and the high-performance pavilion attracted a good deal of attention.

Many equipment companies used the show to unveil new products and innovations. Caterpillar presented its new Cat B3 Series skid steer loaders and Cat 3.5 — 5.5 ton D series mini hydraulic excavators in action in the outdoor demo area and Case displayed its new N Series loader backhoes for the first time in a public setting.

The show also featured workshops, seminars and conferences providing education and certification for lawn and landscape professionals and installers.

In addition to all of the equipment and educational sessions, the show also featured entertainment by country stars Neal McCoy, Candy Coburn, Heidi Newfield and the country duo Aly’an.