MRWA Holds 6th Annual Operator Equipment Expo

Fri October 24, 2014 - Midwest Edition
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RDO Vermeer, Burnsville, Minn., had sales professionals Pat Arnold (L) and Tim Williams with a VacTron LP 833 SDT.
RDO Vermeer, Burnsville, Minn., had sales professionals Pat Arnold (L) and Tim Williams with a VacTron LP 833 SDT.
RDO Vermeer, Burnsville, Minn., had sales professionals Pat Arnold (L) and Tim Williams with a VacTron LP 833 SDT. Reese Meacham (L), utilities operator of the city of Red Wing, Minn., prepares to take a shot at the trials course in this Kubota SVL 90 provided by Arnolds Equipment as Mike Strodtman, source water protection specialist of the Rural Water Association, sh Joe Pick of Rock County, Minn., likes the hands-on aspect of this event as he tries out the John Deere 410 TLB provided by RDO Equipment. Donald Block (R) gives this Kubota U35-4 excavator a try at the ball challenge with pointers from Spencer Kolles, light construction specialty sales of Arnolds Equipment, Mankato, Minn. Joe Miller (L), Gary Carlson Equipment, and Josh Opheim, city of Robbinsdale maintenance specialist,  go over a steel trench shield. (L-R): Josh Jensen, city of Apple Valley, Minn., sewer and water specialist; Kent Zimmerman,  tech specialist, city of Apple Valley, Minn.; and Bernie Bourasa, Truck Utilities utility sales check out an IMT 10,000 lb. (4,536 kg) crane on a Truck Utilities Attendees test their skills by placing rings on cones during the rodeo skills contest.


More than 230 people participated in the Minnesota Rural Water Association (MRWA) 6th Annual MRWA Operator Equipment Expo on Sept. 24, in Waconia, Minn., at the Carver County Fairgrounds.

The Expo is not an exhibit hall; it is a live, hands-on demonstration show with demos geared towards water and wastewater operators, managers and personnel using heavy equipment. Attendees were able to try out the products and heavy equipment and see for themselves how these products work. They also could choose to participate in the heavy equipment contests.

Heavy equipment for attendees to test drive was provided by Arnolds Inc. from Kimball, Minn., and RDO Equipment Company from Burnsville, Minn.

Attendees also had a chance to learn about the newest products and technology in the industry. Attendees received up to six certification hours (water and/or wastewater) for full-day attendance.

There was lots of training opportunities to take advantage of such as valve exercising, flow meters, tapping pvc pipe, emergency hydraulic pumping equipment, groundwater well demo, water main flushing, chemical feed, fire hydrant rebuild, GIS tools, poly pigging, a chance to participate in a skid loader rodeo skills contest, a backhoe skills contest, mini-excavator contest and other all-day events such as line tracing demo, water tower inspection services demo and a sewer nozzle demo.

Next year’s Expo is set for Sept. 23, 2015 at the Carver County Fairgrounds.

For more information, visit www.mrwa.com.