Nearly 200 Attend 2014 CAWGC Meet & Greet Expo

Sat May 24, 2014 - Midwest Edition
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(L-R): Tom McGann, Timm Electric, gets registered for the CAWGC Annual Meet & Greet Expo and says hello to Karri Lane and Mary Ellis Metz, both of CAWGC.
(L-R): Tom McGann, Timm Electric, gets registered for the CAWGC Annual Meet & Greet Expo and says hello to Karri Lane and Mary Ellis Metz, both of CAWGC.
(L-R): Tom McGann, Timm Electric, gets registered for the CAWGC Annual Meet & Greet Expo and says hello to Karri Lane and Mary Ellis Metz, both of CAWGC. (L-R): Bob Loula, vice president of sales and rentals of Atlas Bobcat with Cal Damron, Mike Bukowski and Mark Pinelli, all sales representatives of Atlas Bobcat. Efficiency Shoring & Supply was well staffed at the annual Meet & Greet Expo. (L-R): Kevin Vollmer, Mark Mitchell, Blake Stevens and Sean Kerrins. (L-R): Don Williams, Tony Pesavento, Ken Kelly and Eric Cox, all of DLZ. (L-R): Jim Tacchia, McCann Industries, and Scott Ross of Max USA, do a demo for Dan Saxen on the Max USA products. Tom Stern (L), sales manager of West Side Tractor Sales, talks John Deere iron with Rick Rahn of Austin-Tyler Construction Inc. United Rentals representatives Joe Sleyko and Greg Tallarico catch up during the CAWGC Meet & Greet Expo. Paul Izral (L), Ray Edwards Constructing, catches up with Vince Blecha of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. (L-R): Ricky Bertaut of FCL Builders, stops by the Ozinga Materials table to see Pat Birmingham and Jay Boban, both of Ozinga Materials. (L-R): Working the grill and keeping everyone well fed are Bob Dehm of Baish Excavating, Bob Baish, president of Baish Excavating, and Dan Byrnes of Underground Pipe & Valve Co. Wayne Massad (L), West Side Tractor, and Ted Stipanovich of Stip Brothers Excavating network at the Meet & Greet Expo. Steve Costello (L), McCann Industries, talks Case skid steers with John Young of Seasons Landscaping. Representing Henry Bros. Co. are Joe Bartkus and Mary Hansen. Enjoying the 2014 CAWGC Meet & Greet Expo are Bob Schmaltz (L) and Chuck of EJ. Illinois Truck & Equipment Sales Representative Nick Stipanovich (L) and Mike Riotte in front of the Kawasaki 70 wheel loader.


The Contractors Association of Will & Grundy Counties held its Meet & Greet Expo on May 1 at the Stone City VFW in Joliet, Ill. Once again nearly 200 people attended the expo.

Attendees walked around and visited the 30 various vendors’ booths while enjoying the refreshments included in the admission fee. Bob Baish, Baish Excavating and his cooking crew prepared delicious shrimp, beef, chicken and pork kabob’s on the grills. The expo committee and the VFW prepared the rest of the food. Although there were vendors both inside and outside, the weather did not cooperate and most visitors stayed indoors.

Attendees had the opportunity to participate in a myriad of raffles. The winner of the CAWGC free Exhibitor Bingo drawing was Joe Tiffany, Midwest Access Solutions, who went home with a $500 iPad. Two CAWGC member companies held raffles with 100 percent of their proceeds going to the Joliet Area Hospice. Rod Baker Ford donated $400 worth of services at the dealership and the winner of that drawing was Dan Byrnes, Underground Pipe & Valve. George’s Landscaping held a drawing also for a beautiful floral planter and the winner of that drawing was Barb Van Herwaarden, Hastings Mutual. The proceeds from the CAWGC 50/50 raffle also went to the Joliet Area Hospice. The winner of that raffle was Rich Stott, Stott Contracting, who won more than $300. Numerous exhibitors also held drawings.

The expo committee consisted of Chair Lori DuPree, DuPree Construction; Dan Byrnes, Underground Pipe & Valve; Christina Hrebic, Gnade Insurance; Nick Johnson, Lyman & Nielsen LLC; Nick Stipanovich, Illinois Truck & Equipment; Sharon Nicholson, Baish Excavating; and Mary Metz from the Contractors Association. This is one of the Association’s great networking events and keeps growing every year, according to the association.