World of Asphalt, AGG1 2015 Break Attendance Records

The event hit new milestones as registered attendance broke all records, the show floor was the largest ever, and education ticket sales set a new record.

📅   Sat March 28, 2015 - National Edition
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(L-R): Brad Kelly, sales representative of Elliott & Frantz, King of Prussia, Pa.; Steve Krol of A.F. Damon Inc., Upland, Pa.; and David Salzmann, district sales manager of Wirtgen America meet up at World of Asphalt. A.F. Damon recently purchased a W200i
(L-R): Brad Kelly, sales representative of Elliott & Frantz, King of Prussia, Pa.; Steve Krol of A.F. Damon Inc., Upland, Pa.; and David Salzmann, district sales manager of Wirtgen America meet up at World of Asphalt. A.F. Damon recently purchased a W200i
(L-R): Brad Kelly, sales representative of Elliott & Frantz, King of Prussia, Pa.; Steve Krol of A.F. Damon Inc., Upland, Pa.; and David Salzmann, district sales manager of Wirtgen America meet up at World of Asphalt. A.F. Damon recently purchased a W200i Case had a significant presence at World of Asphalt. Bomag announced its new 8,000-hour TanGO wrapper warranty at the World of Asphalt show. The World of Asphalt & AGG1 show drew a record 7,800 attendance in Baltimore, Md. The latest technology in this Wirtgen paver is demonstrated to one of the record-breaking 7,800 show attendees. K.M. International offers some of the world’s finest asphalt maintenance equipment. Marlos Norman of Keeler Construction, Albion, N.Y., takes a virtual run at operating a Volvo loader in extreme conditions. With their recently purchased LeeBoy 8616B paver (L-R) are Brandon Klein, Valley Supply and Equipment, Middle River, Md.; Michael Colette, Mike Waters and Dan Thompson, all of PCM Services, Beltsville, Md.; and Jeremiah Reinhardt of LeeBoy. The Bagela asphalt recycler has become a household name in just a few years with its method of creating hot asphalt mix from recycled asphalt. Barre Banks (R), president of Midland Machinery, explains the features of the new Midland PSF 8 Fold & Go road widener. Maximus introduced new Maximus portable crushing and screening plants with new features never before shown in the U.S. market. Haver & Boecker (formerly W.S. Tyler) displayed its Hydro-Clean washing system at World of Asphalt. The Doosan BL 2000 balloon lighting provides glare free 2,000 watts of lighting for evening road work. (L-R): Charlie Jones, Tony Maura and Jason Whitney, all of Whitney and Son, the Metso distributer in New England, show their support for the Federal Highway Bill. Emerald Screening is the Powerscreen distributer for New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania  and New Jersey. (L-R) are Ray Murray, Brian Murray and Jameson Sponaugle, all of Emerald. Andy Adamcik (L), territory manager of Weiler Paving Products, and Jake Brinkley of McConnell & Associates, Kansas City, Mo. Brinkley owns several Weiler machines. Six of the new Sakai SW990-1, 4,000 vpm, asphalt rollers are on their way to Suit-Kote, a large paving contractor in upstate New York .  Josh Steele (L) and Mark Armel, both of Sakai. Some of the most durable crusher wear parts in the world come from ESCO. Mark Geothel (L) and Dan Carson, both of ESCO. One of the stars of the TV reality series Gold Rush, Parker Schnabel, signs autographs at the KPI-JCI exhibit. Atlas Copco’s exhibit was filled with many models of Dynapac compactors and pneumatic rollers. The highway bill attended World of Asphalt in Baltimore. Hopefully, he can make his way down I-95 to D.C. and get himself passed and signed. Eric Baker of Roadtec discusses his company’s Guardian Telematics System, which now also performs production reporting that will allow owners to see in real time or at the end of a day what their production is on a Roadtec machine. Kemper Equipment of Honey Brook, Pa., had a  big presence at the World of Asphalt and AGG1 show in Baltimore, Md. Stewart-Amos displayed its Starfire S-4 mechanical broom sweeper, and after the winter most areas in the Northeast have had, this will come in very handy. Goren Lindgren, president and CEO of Volvo CE North America, stands proudly in front of his company’s new DD110B asphalt compactor. Volvo also unveiled its new Real Time Accurate Density Calculator, developed in a research partnership with the Unive Caterpillar’s AP655F paver featuring a quick-heating screed drew a lot of attention during the three-day World of Asphalt show.

World of Asphalt and AGG1 2015 were a huge success: registered attendance broke all records, the show floor was the largest ever, and education ticket sales set a new record.

• More industry networking: Record registered attendance totaled more than 7,600, an increase of more than 1,000 over the previous record and 26 percent over the last edition of the shows; registrants came from all 50 states, nine of the 10 Canadian provinces and more than 50 other countries

• More product innovations: Both shows set exhibitor and exhibit space records, for a total 450 exhibitors taking more than 135,000 net sq. ft. to showcase the latest technologies and products

• More industry-driven education: A record 10,000-plus education session tickets were purchased by attendees for the shows’ signature learning programs

“The enthusiasm and industry support have been wonderful; it’s really important for us to come together to talk with and learn from each other, and that’s what these shows delivered,” said Rick Feltes of Lafarge North America and 2015 Chair of NSSGA’s AGG1 Academy & Expo, representing the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA). “The people and companies who were here understand the importance and the value of education and networking; and they’re the ones who will succeed.”

“This has been a tremendous event; the interaction and energy on the show floor as exhibitors connected with customers has been great, very positive,” said 2015 World of Asphalt Show & Conference Chair Rick Moore of Lehman-Roberts, representing the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA). “Attendees were focused and here to learn, to examine the latest equipment and products and make the wise choices for their businesses to stay competitive in today’s business environment.”

The World of Asphalt Show & Conference and NSSGA’s AGG1 Academy & Expo were held March 17 to 19 at the Baltimore (Md.) Convention Center. Among the show visitors were Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing Chandra Brown, who toured the exhibits and met with show officials. Attendees “made some noise” during a short rally on the show floor March 18 to help improve America’s transportation infrastructure, telling Congress how important it is to act without delay. The 2015 event offered added value through a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce, and its International Buyer Select Program. The program helped attract visitors from around the world, increasing the networking and business connections for all show participants.

Attendees could take advantage of more than 110 education sessions focused on industry best practices, solutions and benchmarking. Education included NSSGA’s signature AGG1 Academy and NAPA’s People, Plants and Paving Training Program. Industry partnerships and support increased the learning and networking opportunities for show participants:

• Nearly 30 industry-related associations and groups worldwide were official show supporters; and

• Co-located events included the Maryland Asphalt Association annual conference, North East Asphalt User/Producer Group executive board and steering committee meetings, and American Road and Transportation Builders Association Safety in the Work Zone conference.

“Exhibitors and attendees alike cited the value of face-to-face dialogue with so many industry professionals and companies in one place, and the consistently high-quality environment of the shows,” said Show Manager Rich Prausa of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

Planning is already under way for the 2016 World of Asphalt and AGG1, to be held March 22 to 24 in Nashville, Tenn. (Music City Center). For more information, visit www.worldofasphalt.com and www.agg1.org.