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San Antonio Hosts Annual AED Convention, CONDEX

Fri February 05, 2010 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

The Convention Center and tourist area of San Antonio is accented by the beautiful and serene Riverwalk.
The Convention Center and tourist area of San Antonio is accented by the beautiful and serene Riverwalk.
The Convention Center and tourist area of San Antonio is accented by the beautiful and serene Riverwalk. Magnum Attachments, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada, representatives Tony Kaiser (L) and Robert Grisson were well prepared to answer questions about their products. Hyundai Construction Equipment showed off its new line of excavators, wheel loaders and skid steer loaders. Bill Brenoel (L), regional sales manager and Mark Kulyk, president, Rogers Brothers Corp., Albion, Pa., take time to relax during the show. Attendees of AED/CONDEX took time to see the Alamo, where Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie fought in the famous battle against Santa Anna. AED provides a forum for manufacturers looking to expand their distribution network to make contact with equipment dealers who are open to handling new lines of construction equipment. Mike and Sandra Whalen of George & Swede Sales and Service in Pavilion, N.Y., examine Hyundai’s latest innovations available in a skid steer. Pat Hicks of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers starts the bidding for the Ritchie Bros.’ “Blue Moon Auction.” Gerard Calamari (L) and Scott Dubois, Contractors Sales Company, Albany, N.Y.,  gather information from one of the software specialists represented at AED. Bagela USA LLC was represented at CONDEX by  David Brennag (L)  and  Greg Harla. Peter (L) and Cindy Baschmann, Baschmann Services, Elma, N.Y., discuss the potential of increased heavy highway work with Barry Banks, President of Midland Manufacturing Corp., Skokie, Ill. David Carter (L) and Wayne Parker (R) of Construction Machinery Co., Louisville, Ky., have just given Charley Seward of Midland Machinery Co. Inc., Tonawanda, N.Y.,  a purchase order for a Midland SP-8 road widener. (L-R): William Soncrant and Les Bebchick, both of Equipment & Systems for Industry Inc., Hopkinton, Mass., have been discussing the possibilities of becoming a Broce Broom dealer with Jim and Barbara Lumpkin and Jim Cornelsen of Broce Manufacturing Co., N The 2010 AED Summit included a rally to bring the plight of the construction industry in Texas, as well as the rest of the United States, to the attention of Congress. Toby Mack, president & CEO of AED, addresses the crowd at the Start Us Up USA! rally. After the rally, a parade of disused equipment, left idle by the downturn in the industry, rode through the streets of San Antonio. Standing in front of a Hydrema 912 HM articulated truck (L-R) are Kris Binder, executive vice president; Kevin ODonnell, national sales manager; and Jan Werner Jensen, CEO; all of Hydrema US Inc., Roswell, Ga. Dennis Slater, president of AEM, speaks to the crowd at the Start Us Up USA! rally, sponsored by AEM and AED. Edna Williams, heavy equipment sales and marketing, Jerry North, manager, both of Manheim Heavy Truck & Equipment Auctions at their booth.  They were impressed with their first year at AED. The Alizma Triplets stopped by the Industrial Seats Co. booth to play for (L-R) Bill Wickert, product manager; Scott Radtke, vice president; and Paul Monfardini, president, all of United Group Inc., Lake Forest, Ill. Taking time for a quick picture during a very busy CONDEX (L-R) are Bob Nelson, general manager; Nancy Frognowski, corporate administration manager; Sean Donaghy, sales manager; and Ken Taylor, president and owner, IROCK Crushers LLC, Oakwood Village, Ohi Towmaster Trailers, Litchfield, Minn., executives (L-R) Janelle Johnson, CFO; Dave Lundin, president; and Lennie Stulc, vice president of operations; manned the booth at CONDEX.

The Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) held its annual convention and CONDEX in San Antonio Jan. 20 to 22. Attendees enjoyed the hospitality of the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel for accommodations, open suites for use during the event and social events. The Henry B. González Convention Center hosted CONDEX as well as a number of conferences, meetings and catered meals for attendees.

Michael Marks, moderator of AED Summit 2010, was the event’s host, presiding over all the convention activities throughout the three days.

In an effort to draw Congress’s attention to the economic consequences that failure to renew the federal highway program will cause for Texas as well as the rest of the United States, a rally was held on the first day of the convention. “Start Us Up USA!” was sponsored jointly by AED and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. The rally was followed by a caravan of trucks carrying unused construction equipment draped in banners winding its way through the streets of San Antonio, representing the large amount of jobs lost and equipment left idle by the industry depression.

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