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Sales Soar at ConExpo-Con/AGG 2017

The shows received U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) International Buyer Program status, signifying their status as a leading worldwide event.

Wed March 22, 2017 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Huge crowds packed every walkway at ConExpo 2017
Huge crowds packed every walkway at ConExpo 2017
Huge crowds packed every walkway at ConExpo 2017 Total attendance neared 128,000 for the week. Rod Schrader, Komatsu president and CEO, addresses the media during the company’s press conference at ConExpo. Hammers abound at the Furukawa exhibit. (BJody Smith (L) and Brian Singer, both of Buffalo Turbine.
Tom O’Brant (L) of Elgin Fastener Group speaks with Steve O’Neill of O’Neill Components about “The Plug” vehicle electrical cables.
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Steve O’Neill (L) and Darren O’Neill, both of O’Neill Components.
(L-R) are Steve Peel, Pat Crawford, Brian Hartsveld, John Wright and Jack Moniger, president of Construction & Industrial Equipment in Lodi N.J.
(L-R): Jeff Cox, Louis Pearce III, Bruce Truesdale and Scott Smith of Waukesha-Pearce Industries met with Takeuchi Manufacturing Company President, Akio Takeuchi (C) at the show. (Whayne CAT’s Kevin Lee (L) and Trey Cooper walked the show for a first-hand look at all of the new equipment innovations.
Seen here with CW Machine Works/Company Wrench’s Kobelco long reach excavator at the company’s outdoor equipment display (L-R) are Alex Samarin, Bernard Whitley, Sean Haviland, Danny Seal, Eric Thornton, Hugh Gordon, Gabe Clark, Billy Wall, Clay Durham and Brad Hutchinson.
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At Morbark’s equipment display, Tom Malley was on hand to discuss the debut of the company’s Pronar MPB 20.55 trommel screen and the new 3400XT Wood Hog horizontal grinder (L-R): Dennis Williams and Benjamin Bautista of Williams Tree Service, Santa Cruz, Calif., speak with Bandit Industries’ Jason Morely about Bandit’s equipment lineup, including the new Bandit Beast 2460. Attendees make a pit stop at the Etnyre exhibit. Murrysville Machinery Company’s Sam Stimmel (L) stopped by at the Screen Machine Industries equipment display to speak with Rick Brown about the company’s latest machine introductions. (L-R): Okada America’s Johnnie Gibbons, Geordie Stewart, Cindy Smith and Adam Daher were on hand to discuss the company’s selection of hydraulic breakers, compactors, crushers, shears and trommel buckets.
Eugene Lyons, vice president of global sales and marketing for Sandvik’s mobile crushers and screens, addresses the media at the company’s ConExpo press conference.
Carlos Hernandez, executive managing director of the Americas, Haulotte Group, discusses market trends and equipment innovations during a press conference at ConExpo The crew at Lake Erie Portable Screeners was kept busy speaking with attendees about the company’s Pitbull 2300 and new 2300B screeners.
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AIS Construction Equipment’s Jim Hardwick (L) caught up with Rayco Manufacturing Vice President J.R. Bowling at the company’s outdoor equipment display.

Minnich Manufacturing’s Rob Minnich (L) and Todd Jurjevic presented a prototype 50CC Backpack Vibrator with quick disconnect hose and a new harness set for release in late summer this year. Company’s Chris Wilson, Ralph Dodge and Andy Perrin were on hand to discuss the company’s lineup of commercial service vehicles.
L-R): Efficiency Productions’ John Duncan, Kelly Worrall, Suresh Krishnasamy, Josh Remacle, Mike West, Al Baron, Raul Felman and Rod Austin discussed trench safety with attendees.
(L-R): Pro-Tec Equipment’s Jon Lentz, Paul Rosemeck and Tommy Marciniak displayed a model representing the company’s line of trench safety equipment. (JM) MNSW (Astec)
A slew of hammers was on display at the Astec Industries booth.
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During a press conference at the show, incoming Link-Belt Construction Equipment President, Melvin Porter (L), is congratulated by Chuck Martz, Link-Belt’s president and CEO, who is retiring after 42 years with the company. Martz will continue to serve as chairman of the Link-Belt board of directors.
A full contingent of NPK Construction Equipment representatives was on hand to talk about the company’s line of hydraulic hammers, crushers, shears and pile drivers, including two lines new to the North American market: demolition grabs and sheeting drivers. (L-R): John Patton of IROCK Crushers LLC welcomed Chi Sung Lee of Dong Haeng Corp in Korea, Mohammed Bennadz and Farid Haddar, both of Pengpu Algerie, along with Slavic Velet of IROCK and Chris Harris of Ohio CAT. Frank Pitkin (L) and Chip Kogelmann of Alpine discussed the company’s line of RockWheel rock and concrete grinders at the show (L-R): Given their choice of attire and impressive lineup of machines it was hard to miss Bernie Linn, Michael Norman and Bob Heidenreich, all of Gradall, at the show.
(L-R): Fecon’s Matt Warfel, Dave Burns, Ryan Bricker, Kyle Schofield and Bob Candee had plenty of land clearing equipment on display, both at the company’s indoor booth and outdoor equipment display. The folks from Mega Corp proudly displayed their Mega8 Water tank conversion of a Caterpillar 740.  (L-R): Regional Sales Managers Wayne Kellard and Claudio Cordova, Sales Director Jeff Linn, Sales Administrator Jennifer Gockley, RSM John Stubbs and Pat Brown, account manager of Caterpillar.
Hartl Crusher North America brought its line of crusher buckets to ConExpo. (L-R): Martin Hartl, vice president; Alexander Hartl, CEO; and Dominic Hartl, president, pose for a photo around their HBC1250 model.
MB America had live crushing demos of its MB Crusher line throughout the show. (L-R): Chris Ballengee, area manager of MB; CEO Max Ravazzolo, along with customers Mike and John Huston of Totem Equipment of Anchorage, Ak.
Vacuworx President Bill Solomon discusses his company’s lifting solution products with members of the media at ConExpo.
Representatives meet with customers at Geith/Montabert exhibit. (L-R): Takeuchi’s Tammie Snodgrass, David Caldwell and Dean Hoffman were talking up the company’s E-240 Green Machine compact excavator, which will be launched soon.
Atlas Copco/Dynapac’s Dan Dorran was on hand to answer customers’ questions about the company’s compaction products, including the CC4200 asphalt roller.
Steve Flowers (L) and Matt Laws of Interstate Trailers saw a lot of activity at their booth in the Gold Lot.
Representatives of HydrauliCircuit Technology were out in full force at ConExpo and (L-R) included Greg Hickman, Bobby Hudson (who briefly came out of retirement), Kevin Foster, David Perry, Navin Baliga, Heidi Dover and Mike Davis. The all-star panel of experts leading the Deutz press conference (L-R) are Georg Diderich, Stephen Corley and Robert Mann.
(Representatives and dealers of KCM reconnect at the exhibit area (L-R) including Jackie Sparks and Cole Thibault of Heavy Machines Inc. (HMI), Shreveport, La.; Mick Mikami, KCM; Steve Northcross and Jay Nelson, HMI, Memphis, Tenn.; John Flake, HMI Birmingham, Ala.; Chad Parker, KCM; Rich Wilson, HMI, Memphis, Tenn.; and Warren Legg, HMI, Gray, Tenn.
Talking about the addition of steps (rather than ladders) and a crossover platform incorporated into the unique design of the brand new Roadtec, the MTV-1100e material transfer vehicle, are Bryan Ady (L), Goodfellow Corporation, Boulder City, Nev., and Roadtec Product Manager Kyle Neisen. Promoting the latest Screen USA and Red Rhino products (L-R) are Rick Cohen and Maria Staelens of GrinderCrusherScreen Inc.; Simon Winfield, Red Rhino Mini Crushers, Lincolnshire, England; Ron DuPerow, GrinderCrusherScreen Inc.; and Bob Helms (in back) of GrinderCrusherScreen Inc.
The Wirtgen Group had an astounding array of new products on display and Jim Holland provided a walk-around of one of the new Vogele pavers Distinguished gentlemen from Sakai Heavy Industries in Japan, were working with Sakai America to promote the product lineup. (L-R): Yukihiko Tomitori, Toyohio Aida and Ichiro Sakai.
A sleek, inviting exhibit greets guests to Komatsu. The all-new McCloskey Sandstorm 620 was by far the most viewed product at the McCloskey Washing Systems’ exhibit area. (RO) MNSW (Takeuchi)
(L-R): Takeuchi’s Dean Hoffman goes over the features of the new Takeuchi TL10V2 compact track loader with Adam Endicott (in cab) of Unique Metal Fabrication, Pittsburg, Kan.; and Judy Brick-Arney and Ron Arney of Don Brick Excavating & Construction, Rogers, Ark Everdigm representatives and dealers discuss the latest rock drilling products (L-R) including George Whitaker, Everdigm America, Metter, Ga.; and Colton Sanders, Jake Sanders and Todd Wright of Jaco Rock Tools, Henderson, Nev.
Exhibiting their uniquely designed trucks and excavators, including this Tier IV final 922HM off-road truck with increased horsepower, (L-R) are Scott Becker, Simon Kofoed-Dam, Tom Hartman, Barry Ferrell and Kris Binder, all of Hydrema.
The newly designed Hydrema MX20 rail-wheeled excavator was on display at ConExpo and isn’t a product you’ll see every day.
Jonathan Smith of Liebherr Cranes, Newport News, Va., makes a pretty good run at the Wacker Neuson mini-excavator competition. 
The Allu DH317 bucket demonstration provided some of the highest yard-per-hour material production in all of ConExpo.
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Hyundai rolled into ConExpo with its largest exhibit ever and one that you certainly did not want to miss.
The John Deere display showed just how far motorgrader technology has evolved over the past 40 years with a perfectly restored 1967 John Deere JD570 next to a brand new 2017 John Deere JD622G. The John Deere display showed just how far motorgrader technology has evolved over the past 40 years with a perfectly restored 1967 John Deere JD570 next to a brand new 2017 John Deere JD622G. The sun shone on Caterpillar’s exhibit in the Gold Lot. (RO) MNSW (LeeBoy)
In the LeeBoy exhibit area, company representatives were excited to convey the news of their four new Tier IV final pavers on display at ConExpo.
(L-R): Solesbees’s David Jenkins, Chuck Liston and Lane Scroggins kept extremely busy promoting their line of attachments — a variety for virtually any earthmoving or lifting machine on the market. Allied Construction Equipment’s crew welcomed attendees and kept busy discussing the company’s line of hydraulic breakers and boom-mounted vibratory compactor/drivers. The world’s first 3D-printed excavator was unveiled and on display during ConExpo-Con/AGG and IFPE 2017.
Graeme MacDonald, CEO of JCB, addresses media during the company’s press conference in the Gold Lot.
A crowd gathers to watch a demonstration of new JCB equipment at ConExpo.
Huang Haibo (L), president, and Li Dongchun, chairman, both of LiuGong, pose for a photo following their company’s press conference at ConExpo.
Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby addresses the media during Cat’s press conference at ConExpo.
Answering questions from the media during Caterpillar’s press conference (L-R) are Bob De Lange, group president of construction industries; Robert Charter, president, customer and dealer support; and Jim Umpleby, CEO.
Ready for changing ANSI weight restriction changes on lifts, Genie was excited to introduce its SX-125XC and SX-135 XC (standing for extra capacity) lifts Attendees could show off their operating prowess to win $500 at the Volvo CE exhibit.
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Isuzu Diesel was proud to show off its lineup of engines on display, as well as its new natural gas/propane engine in development.
Isuzu Diesel was proud to show off its lineup of engines on display, as well as its new natural gas/propane engine in development.
Topcon had an expansive exhibit at ConExpo. Excavators dominate the Hitachi exhibit at ConExpo.
Martin Weissburg, president of Volvo CE, answers questions from the media during the company’s press conference at ConExpo. SDLG featured its wheel loaders at its exhibit in the Gold Lot at ConExpo Bagpipe music greeted visitors to the Terex Truck exhibit in the Gold Lot.
Kazuhide “Kaz” Naraki, president and CEO of Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., speaks with the media during his company’s press conference at ConExpo. Robert Slikker, Gusella-Bakker, said the design of the base of the Scrap King SCE Orange peel grapple allows for a minimum amount of welding.  Joe Seckinger, Southeast district manager, Sakai America Inc., showcases the Sakai SV544FB, which replaces the 540 model, and features a Tier IV Final engine. 
Terex Trucks had an attention-getting gateway to its exhibit in the Gold Lot.
ConExpo guests try out the Ditch Witch virtual reality simulator. Giorgio Carera, CEO of FAE USA Inc., goes over the features of the company’s rock cutters with fixed teeth for excavators ranging from .25 to 70 tons (.22 to 63.5 t). 
This FAE USA UML/S/EX excavator mulcher with fixed teeth rotor works for excavators between 20 and 25 tons (18 to 22 t). 
This mini pipe band performed for guests in front of this Terex Trucks TR60 rigid hauler. 
Engcon showed off its Tiltrators and Q-Safe quick coupler with EC-Oil automatic connection at ConExpo.
Doosan Marketing Manager Aaron Kleingartner helped introduce the new Doosan DL420-5 CVT wheel loader during ConExpo. Link-Belt excavators greet attendees as they enter the company’s exhibit in the Gold Lot. JCB had an impressive exhibit area in the Gold Lot. Cem Peksaglam, chairman and CEO of Wacker Neuson, welcomes the media to its press event. SANY mascot greets attendees to the company’s exhibit. Elliott Equipment Company’s exhibit in the Gold Lot. Kobelco had towering yellow cranes at its outdoor exhibit. (JM) MNSW (Link-Belt cranes)
Link-Belt cranes line the Vegas sky at ConExpo. (Broderson Manufacturing, which is owned by Mi-Jacks, which owns Howell Tractor and Walter Payton Power Equipment, had a prominent display at ConExpo. Sennebogen Green Machines filled the Gold Lot at ConExpo.
 A huge B60E haul truck greeted visitors to the Bell Trucks exhibit. Wacker Neuson provided dirt-moving demonstration at its outdoor exhibit. Link-Belt featured a special pink compact excavator where visitors could experience the smooth hydraulics of the machine by rolling (Kendall and Kevin O’Donnell, both of Bell Trucks. The company featured its B60E 60 ton 4x4 artic truck and the B45E 6x6 artic trucks.  Bell also introduced a new 20-ton artic truck.
 The Komatsu booth was jam-packed with attendees. Paula Terpstra of Orlaco Camera & Monitor Solutions. SANY introduced many new models and updates. In front of the SANY SY215LC and SY235LC top-selling excavators are Bill Step (L) of SANY and Jeff Udelson of Easton Sales & Rentals in Houston, Texas. (Giorgio Carera of FAE USA. The company introduced the UML/S/EX cutting head, which is designed for a 12-ton excavator. FAE USA had several new models on display.
(nterstate Trailers new 50-ton trailer features a new airbrake ramp system that is powered from the air system on the truck. Discussing this are Amanda and Steve Flowers of Interstate Trailers, and Joshua Laware of Laware Construction Inc., Plattsburgh, N.Y. Prinoth displayed its new cutting head systems. Pictured here (L-R) are Paul Harmer of Richardson Services in Conway, S.C.; and Michel Van Wees and Kai Fetscher, both of Prinoth in Quebec, Canada.
Sennebogen featured several of its large material handling machines.
Wacker Neuson held an operator contest that had a steady stream of prospects trying out their machine. (RM) MNSW (JCB)
The ever popular JCB Dancing diggers performed to large crowds. The JCB HMEE backhoeloader is a dedicated military machine that can travel up to 60 mph and dig down 21 ft.
Bagela Asphalt Recycler showed off its BA 10000 during ConExpo 2017.
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Many attendees stopped by to take a look at the Manitowoc MLC650 crane — a 650-ton giant, featuring a 479-ft. boom and a 400-ton counterweight. Liebherr introduced new wheel loaders, excavators, dozers and expanded into new crane segments. (L-R): Darrin Martin of Doosan Bobcat in Statesville, N.C., goes over air compressors with Doug Howard and Randy Kyllo, both of KRB Gravel in Mayville, N.D.
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The Link-Belt excavator display featured the company’s excavators, plus the line of demolition attachments.
Polydeck Screen Corporation in Greenville, S.C., displayed its 4-ft. section Kwideck Screens that feature quick and easy installation. Showing a sample are Kevin Moore (L) and Brian Cody.
Case showed off its complete product line and introduced the Case DL450 compact track loaders. They feature a ripper, steel tracks and a dozer blade. Volvo showed its new 45- and 60-ton smooth, productive and more efficient artic trucks.
(Going over the new Volvo 60-ton artic truck (L-R) are Eric Fatyol, Volvo; Adam Bogert, Joel Taylor and Vince Pagano, all of Highway Equipment & Supply in Harrisburg, Pa.; Shannon Crouse, Old Castle Materials/Pennsy Supply Corp in Harrisburg, Pa.; and William Sylvia, McCarthy Tire, Lancaster, Pa. Visiting the Maeda Cranes display are Craig Hunt (L), Buckner Heavy Lift Cranes in Graham, N.C., and Ben Cockerham, ML Cranes & Equipment, Charlotte, N.C.
)Reaching up into the sky delivering greater versatility is the Sennebogen 870E. Berco America representatives meet with attendees. Morooka displayed a variety of products, including its MST1500 VDR —  a 28,100-lb. machine that features a 20,000-lb. payload while delivering 3.8 psi while empty. On hand to answer questions are Liz and David Byrd.
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Link-Belt showed its 75-ton rough-terrain crane, which features remarkable control, reliability and capacity performance.
The theme at Komatsu was “Smart Construction.” The company’s outdoor display featured several of the top performing dozers featuring the latest in performance and technology.
At the Graco Inc. Lubrication Equipment Division booth are (L-R) Shannon Troglauer and Dustin Boling, both of FQS/Franks Quality Services in Lexington, S.C.; Gabe Elmhorst of Graco; and Robin and Frank Troglauer.
Brandon Granger of Calder Brothers goes over the new user interface in the company’s Precision Spray Truck. The interface increases the productivity of the machine by monitoring the outflow of the material, providing instant feedback to the operator.

Brandon Granger (L) and Glen Calder, both of Calder Brothers, the manufacturers of  Mauldin Paving Products, stand in front of their popular 1750C paver. 
Rubble Master featured several of its mobile compact crushing units. Edge Innovative MC1400 extracts impurities from compost and biomass fractions in one pass.  Interested in it (L-R) are Dylan Smith, Hayes Wennersten, Eric Huff, Vaughn Smith and Grant Smith, all of Mid Michigan Crushing & Recycling in Fenton, Mich. Stu Gamble, president of Maximus, works the crowds at his display at ConExpo, Here, he stands in front of his Maximus TFC-80, ready to be sold. 
(Michael Wright (L) and Ian Bradford, both of Perkins Engines Company, were on hand to announce their company’s new engines during ConExpo The KCM exhibit bustles with activity. Nathan Mayell (L), president, Patrick Powel, owner and CEO, both of Axe Trailers of Delray Beach, were busy working their outside booth at ConExpo — and having a good time doing it. 
Mike Duffy of Pemberton Attachments of Orlando, Fla., energetically worked his booth, talking to customers about his quality attachments. Josh Weinsten, owner of Witzco Trailers from Sarasota, Fla., was on hand to speak with his new and existing customers.
Lance Burney of Sigalarm, Sanford, Fla., had a busy week working his booth and was happy to talk to new and existing customers. Julian Foltz (L) and Jason Foltz, both of HEAVYHAULERS.COM, and their team, were busy telling prospects about their products and services during ConExpo (TM) MNSW (Bomag)
Bomag representatives were ready to discuss their company’s “millions of miles” of paving and compacting prowess. The Astec Industries exhibit drew many attendees during the five-day show.
Concrete paving equipment filled GOMACO’s exhibit at ConExpo 2017. (TM) N
Mike Chenet (L) and Bill Barry (R), both of CC&T, the Roadtec dealer for eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland, stand with Paul Schifano of Schifano Construction Corp, Middlesex, N.J.
ConExpo attendees gather around the Alitec/Woods exhibit. On display was the Volvo 60-ton capacity articulating hauler, which is the world’s largest articulating truck.
A huge crowd gathered at the Kobelco exhibit to check out a full line of hydraulic excavators in the North Hall.
The Caterpillar display in the North Hall drew heavy traffic throughout the show. The Volvo Golden Hauler, celebrating Volvo CE building artics for 50 years, was on display and the hit television show Gold Rush’s Parker Schnabel signed autographs – including one for Joe Moran (L) from Canada.
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All the latest models were on display at the Volvo North Hall exhibit. At the booth (L-R) are Tony Rosetti, Penn Jersey Machinery; Kevin Reimert, Schlouch Inc.; Walt Joachim, Penn Jersey Machinery; and Don Swasing and Richard King, Schlouch Inc. in Blandon, Pa.
Thunder Creek Director of Marketing Fred Buser goes over the features of the company’s new diesel/DEF transfer tank. Made to look like a standard truck bed tool box, this unit has a diesel tank system and a DEF tank system — perfect for contractors who want to fuel their equipment and keep their trucks looking good. Thunder Creek Equipment of Pella, Iowa, had a Multi Tank Trailer giveaway at its booth.
Excavator simulator was a big hit at the Helac booth. (L-R): Mark Lunstead, Helac national sales manager, had MN Roadways’ Brian Buesgens give it a shot with his co-worker, Mark Miller looking on (PK) M (Helac)
Standing with Helac’s new Powertilt PTO 9 are Eastern Sales Manager Gary Anderson (L) and Jocelyn Jacques of Altelier RF in Sherbrooke, Canada.
Digga Attachments of Dyersville, Iowa, had its new Digga T.P.E. telescopic piling end driver extension on display. Here, Mudtech LLC Owner, Steve Gapp of Dousman, Wisc., checks it out.
Metso’s exhibit stood out with a host of crushing and screening equipment on display. With the Pengo Anchor Drive RV300 with Variable Torque Speed (L-R) are Kathryn Malm, marketing specialist; Gerald Logan, northern territory manager; and Dawn Jamison, manager of OEM Accounts.
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Rodney Crim, vice president of sales of XL Specialized Trailers, shows off the new XL 80 Power Tail. The trailer is ideal for transporting medium-duty construction equipment and features a hydraulic fold-under flip tail ramp for quick loading and unloading.
The new Bobcat R-Series compact excavators provide enhanced stability, increased operator comfort and wide-open access to the engine and daily maintenance checks.
Speaking to the media in front of an ASV RT-75 outfitted with the brush-guarding package is CEO Andrew Rooke (C), while Steve Gatti (L), national sales manager, and Bill Wake, director of product development, all of ASV, look on. 
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Elliott Crane of Omaha, Neb., had its brand new high visibility cab, which will be standard equipment on many of the company’s crane platforms, on display. Here, Matt Knoll (in cab) of Stephenson Equipment checks it out with Elliott Development Manager Terry Radenslaben.
The massive Astec exhibit showcased a great line of equipment, such as this RX600-Ex, which is a 675 hp cold planer available with four-track assemblies or optional three-track assemblies, according to Roadtec Regional Sales Manager Rick Pare Carlson’s commercial-class paver, the CP130, gives contractors an industry-leading platform for large commercial applications, according to Carlson Marketing Manager Travis Colwell.
A new product unveiled during ConExpo, the Vermeer HG6000TX tracked horizontal grinder is designed for wood waste, land clearing, municipal waste processing, tree service, logging and urban construction. Seen here are Ted Dirkkx (L), solutions specialist for recycling and forestry, Vermeer, and Andrew Knudson, of RDO Equipment, a Vermeer dealer out of the company’s Fontana, Calif. location.
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A happy Rubble Master RM90 GO! owner, CFO David Beinhower of E.K. Services Inc. (L), stands with Rubble Master dealer, Groff Tractor’s Regional Sales Director Corey Berkheimer.
K-Tec, known for its line of earth scrapers, had its new Ox Block front-end pusher dozer blade for quad tractors on display. K-Tec Vice President of Marketing Shane Kroeker was happy to talk about it.  
The Wirtgen Group exhibit offered a wide range of Wirtgen, Hamm and Vogele equipment on display. PK) MNSW MUST RUN (MTS)
Mobile Track of Elkader, Iowa, had this beautifully restored Caterpillar dozer on hand at its booth. MTS Mobile Service Technician Mark Hoppenjans (L) and Don Moose, shop foreman, C.J. Moyna & Sons. PK) MNSW MUST RUN (MTS)
Mobile Track of Elkader, Iowa, had this beautifully restored Caterpillar dozer on hand at its booth. MTS Mobile Service Technician Mark Hoppenjans (L) and Don Moose, shop foreman, C.J. Moyna & Sons. Doosan Portable Power’s air cannon was a huge hit at the show; if attendees could shoot a stress ball through a target hole, they would win a prize.
HitchDoc had its new innovative Pusher Bucket, which can quickly clear wet or compacted products without having to shake, rattle or bounce the bucket, drastically increasing productivity on the job site. Co-owner Chad Mohns and Laura Underwood, marketing coordinator, were very excited to talk about it with attendees. 
Michelle Williams and Chris Hingst of DICA were on hand during ConExpo.
(L-R) are Gary Weisman, Dan Blum and Vince DeRienzo, all of Paramount Equipment LLC, the U.S. representative of Magni telehandlers. Travis Morrow (R) of GSE&E speaks with Tom Brlyeat of Tom’s Tree Removal about the Merlo telehandlers.
(Bernd Schwengsbier, president of TII Sales Group, stands in front of the Scheuerle self-powering trailer.
((L-R) are Don Koehler, Bill Stull and Mark Frankenfield, all of Unique Paving Materials. (L-R) are TJ Green, Matt Klass, Max Davis and Byron Montenegro, all of Buffalo Wire Works.
Overall contractor and producer attendance grew by 10 percent at ConExpo-Con/AGG 2017.

ConExpo-Con/AGG and IFPE 2017 attendees clearly came to Las Vegas ready to buy as exhibitors said they had enjoyed tremendous sales activity throughout the week.

“This has been one of the best editions of ConExpo-Con/AGG — ever,” said Rich Goldsbury, 2017 ConExpo-Con/AGG chair and CEO and president of Doosan Bobcat North America & Oceania.

“Exhibitors are writing sales at an incredible pace, and attendees clearly came to Las Vegas to buy.”

“There was an element of confidence and pent-up demand at the show,” said Dave Foster, vice president of marketing & corporate communications of Volvo CE. “These are not tire-kickers.

These are people who are willing to buy multiple machines for work they have now and anticipated growth based on a renewed confidence in the market.”

A series of key metrics reflected the improved conditions, which were bolstered by a new pricing strategy intended to reinforce the overall quality of ConExpo-Con/AGG and IFPE 2017 attendees.

• U.S. buyer attendance jumped more than 16 percent from the 2014 show, and total buyer attendance improved by almost 8 percent.

• Overall contractor and producer attendance grew by 10 percent.

• Total attendance neared 128,000 for the week.

• Almost half of all attendees serve in executive positions at their company, and more than 3-in-5 attendees serve in a decision-making role.

• Almost 26,000 international attendees rom 150 countries braved global headwinds including a strong dollar and flagging export markets and composed nearly 20 percent of overall attendance.

• Attendees purchased a record-breaking 52,000 tickets for education sessions at the show, a 26 percent increase from the 2014 show. Total ticket sales excluding IFPE jumped by more than 27 percent compared with 2014.

“I think there is a noticeable difference in the attendees at this show, and the difference is their optimism,” said Gradall Industries President and 2017 Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Chair Michael Haberman. “Optimism was on display throughout the show, and the traffic was excellent.”

At the same time, the technological change revolutionizing these industries was pervasive across the shows' record 2.8 million-plus net sq. ft. of exhibits featuring a record 2,800-plus exhibitors from the leading U.S. and global manufacturers, from multinational giants to small firms with specialized products.

The world's first 3D-printed excavator, the brand-new Tech Experience and a stellar education lineup anchored a forward-looking vision for construction and infrastructure on display at ConExpo-Con/AGG and IFPE 2017.

“Our shows are renowned as an industry showcase of 'what's next,' and this year's show did not disappoint. From the new Tech Experience, which highlighted the vital connection between technology and construction to the culmination of AEM's Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge, this year's show demonstrated the rapid innovation in our industry,” said Goldsbury.

The technological changes revolutionizing construction and manufacturing were a central feature throughout the show. The first-ever Tech Experience pavilion attracted solid traffic throughout the week, as attendees flocked to see the world's first-ever 3D-printed excavator, hear from industry innovators during a collection of “Tech Talks,” and engage with the conclusion of the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge Finale, which awarded $100,000 in prize money to win ners over a crowdsourced competition to develop forward-looking infrastructure solutions.

“Keeping pace with technology is critical for our industries' success and the 3D-printed excavator featuring fluid power innovations, is a perfect example of the shows' future-forward commitment to explore innovations that are happening now and the exciting possibilities ahead,” said Robert Mortensen, IFPE 2017 chair and president of HUSCO International.

At the Tech Experience, three interactive zones gave attendees a firsthand glimpse at the technologies shaping the job sites of tomorrow, infrastructure development and workforce development.

The “Tech Talks” forum at the Tech Experience gave attendees a chance to hear from global innovators and technology leaders to discuss what lies ahead. The forum's content-rich presentations aimed to inspire and inform attendees, with an emphasis on applied and blue-sky innovation to benefit infrastructure projects and construction job sites. Among the lineup were Bruce Upbin, vice president of strategic communications, Hyperloop One; D'Arcy Salzmann, senior director, strategy, Microsoft HoloLens & Studio Manager, Future Bureau, Microsoft; Captains Mark & Scott Kelly, former NASA astronauts; and Scott Brusaw, co-founder, Solar Roadways.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) helped to convene a high-level conversation on the future of transportation infrastructure as five finalists squared off in the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge Finale event. The top winner: a proposal from a pair of University of California-Berkeley students to leverage autonomous vehicle technology to develop a surge-priced “Hyperlane” to ease congestion and improve mobility.

AEM launched the incentivized competition to generate crowdsourced solutions to address the future of infrastructure here in America, and throughout the world. The campaign's three phases — Complain, Dream, and Build — drew hundreds of ideas from across the world about how to revolutionize infrastructure.

Attendees and exhibitors partnered to raise over $100,000 to help military veterans find quality through multiple charitable events throughout the week.

The proceeds, which benefit the show's official charitable partner, the Call of Duty Endowment, were raised through online, silent and live auctions, as well as an after-hours concert on Wednesday by the multi-platinum rock band Foreigner. The non-profit organization, founded by Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, helps military veterans secure high-quality jobs and raises awareness of the value vets bring to the workplace.

“These new benefit events offered the opportunity for ConExpo-Con/AGG participants to not only network and have fun but also rally together as a construction industry community to raise funds to support military veterans,” said Sara Truesdale Mooney, show director and AEM vice president exhibitions and business development.

Comprehensive education programs at ConExpo-Con/AGG and IFPE 2017 helped attendees sharpen their professional skills and improve their businesses' efficiency and productivity.

The show offered a record 143 education sessions, grouped into 10 tracks, including a new Technology track. IFPE 2017 hosted the industrywide Energy Efficient Hydraulics and Pneumatics Conference in addition to hands-on “college courses” on effective use of hydraulics in mobile equipment.

On the show floor, IFPE 2017 featured the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) exhibit pavilion, and ConExpo-Con/AGG 2017 included the Demolition & Recycling exhibit pavilion from the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA) and the Lift Safety Zone from the National Commission for Certification of Crane Operators and International Powered Access Federation.

Eight country-specific international exhibit pavilions reinforced the global scope of the shows and expanded the business contacts between attendees and exhibitors: IFPE with China, Italy, Korea and Taiwan, ConExpo-Con/AGG with China, Germany, Korea, and United Kingdom.

Hundreds of industry meetings, including annual conventions of eight industry associations, were held in conjunction with the shows in recognition of their reputation as an industry gathering place. More than 200 U.S. and international allied industry and business organizations signed on as official supporting organizations and more than 300 as supporting media.

“Our ability to work with competitors to organize this event provides an added benefit and contributes to the show, exhibitor and attendees success. As we have said before, this is a show put on by the industry — for the industry,” said Haberman. “Here we can share ideas and knowledge that will help the construction industry to grow and prosper.”

The shows received U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) International Buyer Program status, signifying their status as a leading worldwide event, and offered a variety of services to facilitate international industry participation, including an International Trade Center on site.— CEG

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