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HCEA Annual International Convention Will Feature Demos, Displays of Antiques

Thu June 27, 2013 - National Edition
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The show features demonstrations and displays of horse-drawn, steam, gas and diesel-powered antique construction machinery, cable and hydraulic shovels and cranes, hit and miss engines, antique trucks and tractors, and more.
The show features demonstrations and displays of horse-drawn, steam, gas and diesel-powered antique construction machinery, cable and hydraulic shovels and cranes, hit and miss engines, antique trucks and tractors, and more.

The Historical Construction Equipment Association (HCEA), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of the construction industry, is hosting its 28th Annual International Convention and Old Equipment Exposition, to be held Aug. 16 to 18, 2013, at the International Union of Operating Engineers’ Local 150 Apprenticeship and Skill Improvement Program Center, 19800 West Arsenal Road, east of Wilmington, Ill. Wilmington is roughly 60 mi. southwest of Chicago, and 20 mi. south of Joliet.

The show features demonstrations and displays of horse-drawn, steam, gas and diesel-powered antique construction machinery, cable and hydraulic shovels and cranes, hit and miss engines, antique trucks and tractors, and more.

The center is home to a pair of fully restored and operable Erie B steam excavators — a shovel and a crane. These will be the featured machines for the show.

The show is open to the general public. Anyone involved with construction, mining and dredging equipment is especially encouraged to attend, so they can observe the ancestors of today’s machinery in action. The last HCEA show, which was held in September 2009 in Bowling Green, Ohio, featured more than 330 exhibits and drew some 5,000 attendees from around the world.

Show hours are Friday, 9:00 to dusk; Saturday, 9 to 5; Sunday, 9 to 3. Admission per person 12 or over is $8.00 daily, or $15.00 for a weekend pass. Free admission for Local 150 members and children under 12.

For more information, call 419/352-5616 or visit www.hcea.net.