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The Philadelphia Construction Expo VI had something for everybody — contractors, landscapers and municipal workers alike. Held at the Fort Washington Expo Center on March 8 and 9, the Expo again provided equipment and attachment dealers a forum in which they could meet the thousands of potential customers.

The Philadelphia Construction Expo VI is just days away from again transforming the Fort Washington Expo Center into an Equipment Mecca. New for this year’s show will be a significantly expanded exhibit in the Washington Room, an area adjacent to the main exhibit hall, by Asphalt Care Equipment, of Bensalem and Doylestown, PA.

From the moment the Pittsburgh Construction Expo’s doors opened the morning of Feb. 8 until they closed the evening of Feb. 9, a steady stream of contractors from all over western Pennsylvania and Ohio filled the ExpoMart’s aisles, keeping exhibitors busy — and happy.

On March 8 and 9, 2005, backhoe operators will once again be showing off their expertise during the Philadelphia Construction Expo at the Fort Washington Expo Center, just 15 mi. north of Philadelphia. A total of $5,000 will be up for grabs to those who can master the following five events:• The Pipe Drop — The operator must lift two cylinders, one at a time, using a tooth on the bucket and placing each over a metal post.

For many of the more seasoned Philadelphia Eagles fans, Chuck Bednarik’s hit against Frank Gifford, of the New York Giants 45 years ago, is an indelible image of the team’s glory days. And for many fans — both elder and younger — Chuck Bednarik is a black and white photograph dating the time their beloved football team last won a championship.

On March 8 and 9, 2005, the Philadelphia Construction Expo will return to the Fort Washington Expo Center in Fort Washington, PA. The sixth annual expo, also called “The Greatest Show in Construction, Public Works & Landscaping,” will again feature a wide array of equipment dealers and manufacturers, including: Eagle Power & Equipment, Giles & Ransome, Midlantic, Norris Sales, Eager Beaver, Earthborne, Ingersoll-Rand, Delaware Valley Bobcat, Total Rentals, United Rentals, Sunbelt Rentals, Vermeer, Ritchie Bros., King of Prussia Equipment, Curry Supply, Historical Construction Equipment Association, National Kids Construction Club, Godwin Pumps, Norki Energy Systems and first-time exhibitors Power Curbers Inc., Speedy Scan Company Inc., Diamond Blade Warehouse and Conklin Company.

The word, “Sold,” emblazoned across a placard placed on a piece of equipment in one of more than 100 exhibit booths really says it all. It’s why exhibitors and iron shoppers flock to the Philadelphia Construction Expo — dealers know that they’ll get one-on-one contact with thousands of potential customers and contractors and township, county and borough highway department officials know that they’ll find whatever make and model of equipment they’re looking for.

Negotiations almost broke down at the last minute. Just as our prospective guests were about to sign the contract to appear at the Philadelphia Construction Expo V, their attorneys requested lavish personal dressing rooms at the Fort Washington Expo Center.

At press time, representatives of CEG Productions, the trade show division of Construction Equipment Guide (CEG), had just wrapped up late-night negotiations with our “celebrity guest” for the Philadelphia Construction Expo V, to be held at the Fort Washington Expo Center on March 9 and 10, 2004. Some minor contractual agreements with our celebrity guest remain, such as access to our Learjet, weekend usage of the company’s cabin in the Poconos, along with sundry incentive bonuses and clauses.

Construction Equipment Guide’s (CEG) Philadelphia Construction Expo V will once again prove to be the “Greatest Show in Dirt,” with much more in store for 2004. On March 9 and 10, 2004, CEG Productions, the trade show division of CEG, will present its fifth construction trade show at the Fort Washington Expo Center, just 15 mi.

It was everything a trade show should be. If you wanted one-on-one contact with hundreds of potential customers, if you wanted to hobnob with your peers in the industry, if you wanted an ideal setting to tout the virtues of your equipment line, if you needed to bolster your bottom line despite a sagging economy, and if you wanted to have a lot of fun in the process, then the Philadelphia Construction Expo was the place to be in 2003.