More Than 1,400 Attend AED Summit, Condex Show

During the event, a new 2015 AED chairman was inducted.

Mon February 23, 2015 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Bidspotter.com Sales Manager Tim Hill stands ready to answer questions about online auctions.
Bidspotter.com Sales Manager Tim Hill stands ready to answer questions about online auctions.
Bidspotter.com Sales Manager Tim Hill stands ready to answer questions about online auctions. Eamon McMahon (L) and Alistair Forsyth of Anaconda have crushers, screeners, scalpers, trommels and conveyors to meet every need. If your customers are dealing with closed asphalt plants, potholes or need portable asphalt plants to process recycled asphalt, Pavement Recyclers can help you help them. Featured at the AED CONDEX, was a Hydrema truck equipped with a water tank from Curry Supply. (L-R): Barry Ferrell of Hydrema, Alan Patterson of Alberta Construction Equipment, Tom Schnackenberg of Curry Supply, Kris Binder of Hydrema, Sterling Roberts of Looking over the CEG Midwest Edition are Doug Murray (L) and Brian McCoy of RoadBuilders Machinery & Supply Company Inc., with locations in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. Stewart-Amos Sweeper Company display featured its Starfire Series sweeper trucks. John Paraschak (L), vice president, and Frank Chulick, president, both of Stewart-Amos. Stopping by the EBS booth were Bob (L) and Pete Schaeffer, both of Elliott & Frantz, Jessup, Md., with Kim Prevost of EBS, Houston, Texas. Looking over an Allied hammer spec sheet (L-R) are Sal LaCorte and Greg Smith of Allied Construction Products LLC with Bob Harrell, Specialty Rentals and Attachments Company Inc., an Allied dealer in Hammonton, N.J. Hugh Gordon (L) and Eric Thornton of C.W. Machine Worx received a lot of attention with the company’s HAWC (High Air-Pressure Water Canon), on display at the show. Keith McCann (L) and Brendan Fox of Terex Mobile Processing Equipment spoke with attendees about the company’s comprehensive line of mobile crushing, screening and recycling equipment. Multione USA displayed its mini-loaders that can be equipped with 170 attachments (L-R): Kevin Whitworth, Ryan Zweerink, Chris Minton and Alex De Luca. Okada America’s Michael Meehan (L) and Tony Neikirk spoke with attendees about their hydraulic breakers, shears, crushers, pulverizers and processors. (L-R): At the Screen Machine Industries display, Mike Thurman; Jeff Williams, president; Steven Cohen; and Director of Sales Lewis Long welcome attendees Denis Bataille (L) and Gary Hesseltine of Tramac Corporation are eager to tout their company’s line of hammers to attendees. (L-R): Sean Donaghy, Ken Taylor, Dan Davis and Thomas Jordan spoke with attendees about the company’s crushing and screening equipment. Larry Matus of Gensco Equipment discussed the company’s range of material handling attachments and Dynaset hydraulic equipment. Cathy DeSanto of Alpine Sales & Rental Corporation was on hand to field questions about her company’s rock and concrete grinder attachments. Salvatore LaCorte of Allied Construction Products discussed his company’s line of attachments. LBX Company President Eric Sauvage said the show offered an excellent opportunity to meet with dealers one-on-one to share their thoughts and action plans. Winsby Incorporated’s Managing Director Steve Clegg (L) speaks with Wilson Equipment Company President Jay Rodes. Sullivan-Palatek brought its dual fuel G185 and Tier IV Final 185 with a Deutz engine compressor to the annual AED Condex (L-R): Tom Viskniskki, vice president of sales; David Smith, regional director; and Steve Van Loan, president. Rene Wagner of RubbleMaster is looking for a few good dealers for his state-of-the-art material processing plants. Rototilt manufactures one of the most rugged, versatile rotating bucket systems available.  The system has gained wide acceptance in the United States and Canada. Rick Gordon (L) and Gerry Mallory. Broce-Walden is firming up relationships with its U.S. distribution network during the AED conference. (L-R): Merle Patzkowsky, John Mortan, and Scott Wimmer, all of Broce-Walden; and Greg Schultz and Jock Cockroft of Glynn General Corp. Construction Equipment Guide published a 25th anniversary supplement for Illinois Truck in 2014. Adam Salinas (L) and David Welter show off a copy. Hydraulic Circuit Technologies are experts in the field of hydraulic kits for excavators and backhoes. Gorilla Hammers and Bob Tedesco have decades of experience in helping you match up your customer with the right hydraulic hammer.

The Associated Equipment Distributors (AED held its 2015 Summit and Condex show in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 10 to 13.

The AED Summit and Condex is an annual convention designed specifically to provide equipment distributors with opportunities to see new products, meet with current and prospective business partners, attend educational seminars and network with dealer peers.

More than 1,400 people attended; of that, 433 were equipment dealers. The Condex show was sold out with a total of 122 exhibitors with 45 exhibiting for the first time.

During the event, Don Shilling was inducted as the new 2015 AED chairman. Shilling is president of General Equipment & Supplies Inc. and General Aggregates Equipment Sales, Fargo, N.D.

Ken Taylor, owner of Ohio CAT, was presented with the AED Democracy Award during a special AED PAC reception

During the event, U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Deputy Secretary Victor Mendez laid out the Obama administration’s ambitious highway reauthorization plan while encouraging equipment distributors to press for congressional action.

Mendez emphasized the impact the federal highway program’s uncertainty on the construction industry while outlining the Obama administration’s Generating Renewal, Opportunity and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America Act (the GROW AMERICA Act). The proposal increases surface transportation infrastructure funding over the next six years and “provides a strong investment in aging highways and bridges across the nation, to ensure that they are safe, reliable and well maintained.” Mendez highlighted the broad job creation and economic benefits of a robust, multiyear highway bill as well as the value of public-private partnerships as tools for rebuilding the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

Recognizing AED’s top-tier advocacy program, the Deputy Secretary of Transportation implored attendees to urge lawmakers to take immediate and decisive action to restore certainty to federal surface transportation programs. From his own experience, Mendez recalled meeting with the Arizona congressional delegation while serving as the state’s top transportation official and used the memory to underscore the importance of constituent engagement, particularly at a local level. Small business owners and executives are powerful advocates. By educating Congress about AED’s policy priorities, equipment distributors can illustrate the needs of the entire industry. AED’s next Washington Fly-In will be June 3 to 4 when dealers will storm Capitol Hill as part of the equipment industry’s premiere public policy event.