Meyer Product’s Eric Sexton (L) and Peter Robison had several new product developments to discuss with attendees, including additional sizing options for their Road Pro series and the Meyer Diamond Edge snowplow.
More than 700 exhibitors displayed their equipment at the 2014 GIE+Expo, which was held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville on Oct. 23 and 24. The event also featured a Dealer Preview Day on Oct. 22nd.
Attendees and dealers had an opportunity to get a first look at plenty of new machines as several manufacturers chose the show to debut their latest equipment. Gravely, an Ariens Company brand, unveiled the new job site vehicle (JSV), the Atlas. Caterpillar’s indoor and outdoor displays featured several new machines and accessories, including the new Cat 303E CR and Cat 305.5E CR mini hydraulic excavators and the new Cat 903C compact wheel loader.
Case Construction Equipment introduced the new TR310 Alpha series compact track loader, offering a midsized frame with wider tracks with a counterweight for greater lifting capacity. JCB’s new 86C compact excavator and new 3CX backhoe drew a lot of attention at the show.
Toro unveiled the new steering-wheel Z mower and stand-on sprayer.
Gravely also held a special press event at the Buffalo Trace Distillery before the show to give editors an up close preview of the Atlas job site vehicle with presentations conducted by factory representatives and hands on demonstrations of the new vehicle. The Atlas is the product of a strategic alliance with Polaris. Design and engineering was conducted by Ariens while production of the Atlas JSV is undertaken by Polaris. The vehicle features a 1,750-lb. (793 kg) payload and 2,000-lb. (907 kg) towing capacity, and is offered in two models, the Atlas JSV-3000 with three person seating capacity and the Atlas JSV-6000 with a seating capacity of six. Both vehicle models may be powered by either a Polaris 40hp engine EFI gas or a Kohler 24hp diesel engine.
The show featured a 19-acre outdoor live demonstration area adjacent to the show hall, with a wide variety of outdoor power equipment for light construction, lawn and landscape applications as well as garden and outdoor products.
Educational seminars, technical training sessions and workshops also were conducted throughout the two-day event. Three free concerts, sponsored by Nissan Commercial Vehicles and featuring Montgomery Gentry, Jamie Lynn Spears, The Crashers, Josh Logan and Olivia Henken, also were held as a part of the evening festivities for the show.