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ICUEE Sets Records in Louisville

Sat October 14, 2017 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

The Manitowoc booth featured a Grove GHC30 crane.
The Manitowoc booth featured a Grove GHC30 crane.
The Manitowoc booth featured a Grove GHC30 crane. Kevin Teets (L) and Darrel Houle of Yoder & Frey were on hand to help utility contractors manage their equipment inventory. Xtreme manufactures oversized, rough-terrain material handlers. This American bald eagle paid a visit to the Bioguard Wildlife Covers exhibit to promote utility companies taking precautions not to disrupt their habitat. (L-R): Lorenzo Landi came all the way from Italy to see the 2017 ICUEE show and stop by the Tadano Mantis Corp. booth and to speak with Greg Etue, Tadano Mantis; Ed Hisrich, vice president of sales, Tadano Mantis; and Mark Dehnert of Howell Tractor and Equipment Co. Representing Walter Payton Power Equipment LLC are David Wisnieski (L) and Tacho Gamino. The Terramac booth showcased the company’s lineup of machines, including the RT9 concrete mixer and the RTG rubber-track carrier. Standing next to the Allied 2577 hammer are Vince Davitto (L), district representative, and Phil Paranic, president and CEO, both of Allied Construction Products LLC. Attendees had opportunities to run some of the Volvo excavators at the outside display area. Trying her operating skills on the Hyundai HW210 wheeled excavator is Meredith Newman of Newman Tractor, Verona, Ky. At ICUEE, visitors can expect many interesting and fun demo areas, including a good old-fashioned ring-the-bell test of strength. Attendees could operate John Deere iron in the Deere display area. RCE Equipment Solutions, a sister company of West Side Tractor Sales Co., displayed some of its products at the ICUEE Show. (L-R) are Company President Steve Benck; Lauren Caffaro, marketing manager; and Brian Riordan, general manager. A contractor does some digging with this Case CX80C excavator. Chris Baker of Eby Truck Bodies, Blue Ball, Pa., stands in front of the 23K low pro aluminum trailer. Fred Ross (C), CEO of Utility One Source, addresses the media at the company’s press conference about the company’s new offerings and future plans while Ryan McMonagle, COO (L) and Ben Link look on. (L-R): Steve Headden (L), Utility One Source, shows the group from Dominion Energy — Joe Love, Cecil Spitler, David Ford and Justin Mitchell — its latest equipment lineup. At the Bay Shore booth, (L-R) are Trip Story, southeast sales, Marietta, Ga.; Tim Cellars, president, and Chris Bates, service manager, both Drillers Choice Inc., Assonet, Mass.; Jay Brack, shop manager, Marietta, Ga., standing with their Komatsu PC290 with a Bay Shore TR80 drive and Drillers Choice modified expandable under carriage. National Account Representative Mike Schaum of VMAV with the company’s newest air compressor.  ICUEE was the official launch of the new VMAC G30 gas engine driven air compressor, now powered by Honda. (L-R): Bandit Industries’s Colleen Hall, Kyle Hobbs, Dawn Cook, Gene Bridges and Vickie Dawe welcome attendees to learn about the company’s lineup of self-powered industrial strength wood and waste processing equipment. (L-R): At the J&J Truck Bodies and Trailers equipment display, Quintin Wyandt, Kim Stenger, Jason Cornell and Mike Riggs spoke with visitors about the company’s range of standard and specialty truck bodies and trailers and customization capabilities. Milwaukee demonstrated its high-end cordless tools capable of drilling 1-in. diameter holes in power poles. (L-R): Emily Rentschler, Kyle Schofield and Renee Burkhart of Fecon welcome attendees to review the manufacturer’s line of wood and waste management equipment, as well as its drills and wood to energy equipment. Derrick Thomason of Cummins Inc. presented the company’s line of Onan commercial generators at the show. (L-R): The crew from Vacall, Bill Petrole, Tod Ebetino and Jack Fernandes welcome attendees to their booth. (L-R): KM International’s Mike McGuckin and Michael Blake get an assist from Ed Misajet, territory manager for Paving Maintenance Supply, to discuss the manufacturer’s innovative asphalt equipment, which include infrared recyclers and hotbox reclaimers. PALFINGER National Sales Manager, Brian Heffron, was suited up to speak with attendees about the company’s work truck bodies and lifting systems. Rayco’s Jamie Stephenson (L) and Matt Beckowitz found that the company’s recent introduction of the AT71 mechanical aerial trimmer and other equipment gained a good deal of interest from utility contractors at the show. JCB Inc.’s Rebecca Yates demonstrates the factory installed optional radio-controlled work platform, which is now available on the 509-45TC tool carrier-telehandler. Hyundai’s Michael Pooler (R) provides some pointers to Dustin Durham of Craighead Electric, Jonesboro, Ark., before he takes a run at the Hyundai Construction Equipment excavator competition. The Ditch Witch demo area was non-stop action with attendees taking the opportunity to test some of the newest Ditch Witch machine offerings. Ready to discuss their newest engine offerings was some of the Deutz staffers, (L-R) including Bob Mann, Steve Corley, Brian Matthews, John Dutcher, Jeff Wolfe and John Chowaniak. ICUEE offers a great opportunity for various manufacturers of portable line boring equipment to provide live demonstrations to potential and existing customers. (L-R): The guys from Yanmar, Dale McLemore, Gary MacPhail, Kenji Kuramoto, Tim Fernandez, and David Morice, were proud to introduce the brand new Yanmar C30-3 track-carrier. Yannick Lefebvre (L) of cm-labs provides a hands-on demo of his company’s simulators for construction equipment operator training with show attendee Brian Schreier of L&L Construction Inc., Quakertown, Pa. The staff of FAE USA Inc. (L-R) including Will Rigdon, Allen Tennis, Lee Smith, John DalBianco and Chris Koch had an impressive display of mulching and grinding products to showcase at ICUEE. The Ultra-Shore display area was absolutely packed with attendees wanting more info on their aluminum light weight-easy to use trench shoring products. A nice array of all the newest models from JCB were on display in the ICUEE demo lot. Jim Blower, regional business manager of JCB North America addresses a gathering to discuss the company’s latest equipment introductions from the ICUEE Demo Stage during the event. Eager Beaver’s Randy Hall (L) catches up with customer David Aldridge from the city of Highpoint, N.C., at the show. Gage Wattenhofer of Crow Wing Power, Brainerd, Minn., tries out a Caterpillar 304.5 mini-excavator at the show. Rory Allison of Hammerhead Trenchless Equipment demonstrates a Catamount piercing tool at the company’s outdoor equipment display. Bryan Gregor (in cab) of Gregor Well Drilling, based in Hampton Bay, N.Y., gets some operating tips on the John Deere 160G excavator from John Deere’s Alex Anhalt. Case is among the oldest and most respected names in backhoe manufacturing and backhoes remain a critical tool in most utility contractor fleets. Volvo’s Andy Capps (L) joined Rob Ekno, who officiated at the show’s Volvo rodeo competition. Chris Ballengee (L) and Mike Demond of MB Crusher America were kept busy discussing the company’s line of crushing attachments and screening buckets at the show. Hugh Gordon of Company Wrench was on hand to discuss the company’s many equipment based solutions for utility and construction contractors. Perry Girard (L), CNH Industrial product marketing manager, construction attachments, speaks with strategic partner, Toku America’s Willie Studway about the company’s TNB-4M Striker hydraulic breaker. JJ Kane Auctioneer’s Rich Ehmer calls out the bids during the show’s benefit auction for the Call of Duty Endowment, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans find employment. (L-R): Housby Auctions of Des Moines, Iowa, had a great team on hand at ICUEE with Madison Kasper, graphic design; Josh Carrington, national account executive; Brennan Davey, account manager; and Len Brester, senior appraiser. With a big smile and having a great time showing attendees the versatility of this Bobcat E20 Excavator is Wyatt Franks, key account manager of Doosan Portable Power.  Loftness Territory Manager Blake Eavenson of Hector, Minn., stands with a Loftness G4 carbide cutter on an ASV RV120 — a perfect combination to tackle the toughest brush and debris and turn it to mulch. ASV is based in  Grand Rapids, Minn. Rebecca Gerads, marketing director of Felling Trailers, Sauk Centre, Minn., stands with her company’s  popular FT-3 Trencher Series light utility drop-decks with a Ditch Witch VR30 trencher. (L-R): The Felling Trailers team of Mike Flynn, northeastern sales; Rebecca Gerads, marketing director; Nate Uphus, southeast sales; and  Gary Knudsen, inside/outside sales, stand with an FT-45-2 trailer carrying a Ditch Witch JT30 all-terrain directional drill. The John Deere demo area was an impressive display of the vast variety of earthmoving machines the company has available through its dealers across North America. District Sales Manager Deree Eaton Bivins of Doosan Portable Power stands with her company’s popular XP185WDOUA-T4F portable air compressor, powered by a Tier IV Final  Doosan D24 engine. Vermeer’s D40x 55 DR dual rod rock drill was a big hit at ICUEE. SDLG had its impressive L918F wheel loader. Nick X. Tullo, sales manager of SDLG North America, was happy to talk about it. Ez-Spot-Ur, Fargo, N.D., debuted its newest attachment for the utility industry — the Spool Reel Wire roller attachment — which is a universal mounted and can handle from 24-in. to 72-in. wire spools, has 3,600 lbs. of torque, and handles more than 1.5 mi. of wire. (L-R): Lonny Emerson, general manager; Roger Crom, consultant; and Bernie Emerson, equipment driver. Equipment rodeos and other operator contests were pervasive at ICUEE. Here, Volvo lets operators test their skills in compact excavators. “Andy,” one of the booth attendees at HBC Radiomatic, distributes hats and other gifts to ICUEE visitors. Representatives of MB Crusher discuss the advantages of using excavators to crush on site. Now here’s something new that everyone can use. OXX’s CoffeeBoxx is a virtually indestructible coffee maker that uses K cups so that you can make coffee anywhere on your job site.

The International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE), also known as The Demo Expo, kicked off at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., on October 3 to the sounds of the official Kentucky Derby Bugler.

The three-day event is produced by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and offers utility professionals and construction contractors an opportunity to gain insights into the latest technologies, innovations and trends impacting the industry.

Educational programs presided over by leading industry professionals were combined with more than 1.24 million net sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor displays featuring the newest equipment, product and service innovations presented by more than 1,000 exhibitors, of which 25 percent were new to the show.

The outdoor demonstration area featured live demonstrations of equipment at work in jobsite type settings, while also providing attendees with firsthand experience of time behind the controls of the latest equipment.

With almost 18,000 registered attendees from around the world, the show closely matched up with the event's 2015 record setting numbers. Attendees included contractors and industry professionals involved with providing and maintaining electric, natural gas, water and waste water and telecommunications utilities services. An outstanding opportunity for attendees to learn and network, the event continues to be an excellent forum for exhibitors to introduce and launch new products and equipment.

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