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World of Asphalt, AGG1 Academy and Expo Host Record-Setting Attendance

Make Your Operations Better. Faster. Safer. October 1-3, 2019 at ICUEE, North America’s Largest Utility & Construction Demo Expo

Make Your Operations Better. Faster. Safer. October 1-3, 2019 at ICUEE, North America’s Largest Utility & Construction Demo Expo

You’ll have the chance to see the latest products from your favorite companies, try the equipment yourself, AND meet the team of technical experts behind it.

Here is what your peers and first-time attendees are saying about ICUEE:

“Rather than having to go and see half-a-dozen different shows, to see everybody, they’re all here in one go.” David S. – Clydesdale LTD

“A lot of good equipment, a lot of good vendors. A lot of helpful people that work with you to help you get your piece of equipment that you need for your job.” Mike S. – Sheffield Utilities

Demo Products from Over 1,000 Exhibitors

ICUEE will be expanding to nearly 1.3 million net square feet of exhibit space and welcoming an exciting lineup of new manufacturers and service providers*, including:

Applied Machinery Sales Pro-Drill Industries Ltd.
Avant Tecno USA Razer Lift
Electrical Solutions Safeguard Equipment
National Fleet Products Sherp ATV
Pettibone, LLC – Heavy Equipment Group Volta Power Systems
Pi-Lit Witzco Challenger Trailers Inc.
PlanGrid Zeal Motor Inc
Join Your Peers

ICUEE attracts the most distinguished construction and utility professionals from around the world to see the latest industry developments and to discover new opportunities for growth.

Here are a few of the nearly 18,000 attendees from ICUEE 2017:

  • President – Miller Pipeline
  • VP – Duke Energy
  • Safety Manager – Asplundh Construction
  • Field Operations and Lineman – Indianapolis Power &Light
  • Training Manager – ComEd
  • Director – Nicor Gas
  • Fleet Manager – Appalachian Pipeline Contractors
  • Equipment Manager – Asplundh Tree Expert Company
  • And nearly 18,000 more like this!

AEM Announces: The World’s Largest Heavy Metal Show in 2020:

The World’s Largest Heavy Metal Show in 2020:

Mark Your Calendar to Attend CONEXPO-CON/AGG

3 Steps to Get Ready Now


CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 is one year out, but it’s not too early to make plans for North America’s largest construction trade show for the asphalt, aggregates, concrete, earthmoving, lifting, mining, utilities and related industries.

“The show is shaping up to be one of the best ever; attendees and exhibitors will not be disappointed!” said Mary Erholtz, CONEXPO-CON/AGG chair, and vice president marketing for Superior Industries. “AEM and our show committees of industry leaders are working to deliver an outstanding event focused on the latest innovations, technologies and best practices to succeed in our changing world.”

At CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020, big iron and tech will share the stage in Las Vegas, USA on March 10-14, 2020, with more new products, thousands of equipment and technology headliners, and hundreds of industry-driven education sessions. Plus, the Tech Experience returns with two locations.

Take these 3 steps now to punch your ticket to success for your business and career.

  1. Sign up for show alerts to be the first to learn the latest show information – visit http://www.conexpoconagg.com/show-alerts.
  2. Be the first in line to purchase show tickets (Registration opens July 23). Register early to save time and money and get the best hotel rates and availability.
  3. Stay in the know “365” with the show’s online news and trends articles, monthly CONEXPO Radio podcasts and the new CONEXPO Connect digital platform for contractors and off-road equipment buyers.

“Our company has been attending CONEXPO-CON/AGG for three decades now and plans to continue due to the amount of knowledge we gain. CONEXPO-CON/AGG has provided us the resources needed to create greater efficiencies and synergies within our own company,” said Chris Lane of Ronald Lane Inc.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG co-locates with IFPE, the International Fluid Power Exhibition for the fluid power, power transmission, and motion control industries. Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is a show owner and producer.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE 2020 will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center and nearby Festival Grounds. The show connected campus will feature multiple registration areas and hotel and intra-show shuttles.  

“The show is a critical piece to our workforce development efforts. We send somewhere between 30 and 40 company representatives to Las Vegas to see what’s new and bring relevant information back to our company. It’s a great way to build our team,” said Jarrad Whissell of Whissell Contracting Ltd.

View introductory show video here. Learn more at www.conexpoconagg.com.


AEM Elects Directors to AG and CE Sector Boards

                        Wacker Neuson and DISTek Integration Executives Take Leadership Roles


 The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has elected Johannes Schulze Vohren, Regional President North America for Wacker Neuson, to the AEM CE Sector Board and Jeremy Yoder, Executive VP and COO of DISTek Integration Inc., to the AEM AG Sector Board to fill unexpired terms.

Johannes Schulze Vohren, Regional President North America for Wacker Neuson

“We welcome Johannes and Jeremy and want to publicly thank them and their companies for their support of the Association and its goals,” said AEM President Dennis Slater. “AEM could

Jeremy Yoder, Executive VP and COO of DISTek Integration Inc.

not succeed and grow without the dedication of its volunteer leadership and active member participation. They help ensure AEM delivers quality results that continue to strengthen member companies and the industries they serve.”

AEM officers and directors come from an industry cross-section and work cooperatively on behalf of the entire membership. They provide strategic direction and guidance for Association initiatives that help members and the industry succeed in an ever-changing business environment. Key action areas include advocacy and public affairs, market information, exhibitions and events, and safety, regulatory and technical issues.

Johannes joined Wacker Neuson in 1994 and has held a variety of management positions including sales and product support for the U.S. international markets, business systems and information technology and ogistics. He has also worked in consulting and in international sales at Case IH and Tenneco Automotive.

Jeremy joined DISTek in 1998, serving many roles, including Vice President Engineering before becoming Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He has more than 20 years of experience developing software solutions for the ag and construction equipment industries.

AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers, with more than 1,000 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related industry sectors worldwide. The equipment manufacturing industry supports 1.3 million jobs in the U.S., and 149,000 more in Canada. Equipment manufacturers also contribute $188 billion combined to the U.S. and Canadian economies. AEM is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2019.


Learn more about AEM at www.aem.org.

Prepare for Disasters: Take 3 Steps to Create Innovative Response Solutions

Prepare for Disasters: Take 3 Steps to Create Innovative Response Solutions
The frequency and intensity of disasters are increasing, from mighty hurricanes hurling through warm ocean waters, to shifting tectonic plates that build earthquakes, to atmospheric weather patterns that create wide-scale floods.

Through it all, critical operations need to be up and running for our communities, companies, survivors, and families.

Desi Matel-Anderson offers a template to help teams find innovative real-time solutions to a variety of disaster response scenarios. She heads FIT (Field Innovation Team) and is the first and former Chief Innovation Advisor at FEMA and Think Tank Strategic Vision Coordinator.

Three-Step Planning Process

FIT’s Disaster Simulation Labs use a process called “design thinking” to help emergency preparedness teams better understand the problems they need to solve, identify whom they are solving them for and why, and prototype how they will go about solving them.


Many staff in your organization may find themselves in emergency situations. Defining and outlining potential disaster scenarios and the challenges they will likely face should provide insight and preparedness strategies that otherwise may have been overlooked.

Common challenges include:

  • Extreme weather: Teams must recognize that the frequency and severity of extreme weather events have been increasing, and acknowledge that what may have been a really good plan in the past may no longer be sufficient.
  • Infrastructure: A lot of legacy equipment in the field may need repair and in many cases replacement. Understanding where these deficiencies exist as well as the risk assessment is an essential component of the “what.”
  • Liability: Power companies face liability challenges from equipment failure, aged infrastructure, and security flaws. They are being held to higher accountability standards and are called to task when there are incidents.
  •  Resource Constraints: Upgrading and maintaining systems can be costly, and additional staffing costs can be a burden. Proper planning and budgeting is another essential part of the “what.”


Once an emergency preparedness team identifies a problem it needs to solve, it can start thinking about “who” they are solving it for. Put yourself in their shoes. For example, the “who” might be line workers. The “why” could be administering power to minimize dialysis disruption for a health clinic due to an electric outage.

Whatever the case, once the “why” is defined, team leaders should empower staff to help prototype the next step: “how” they will go about solving the “what.”


There are four key phases in disaster planning: Preparedness, Response, Recovery, and Mitigation. Leveraging technology and innovation is becoming increasingly necessary to effectively manage each of those phases. In working with emergency preparedness teams, we’ve seen many examples of real-time innovation once people are empowered to think creatively.

At one of our Disaster Simulation Labs, participants role-played a scenario where a giant solar flare knocked out the power grid in New York City and left millions without power. That was the “what.” The “who” was the utility provider and emergency responders. The “why” was that the grid needed to be restored ASAP. Teams looked at technology as they worked together to build prototypes of the “how.”

Leveraging Technology and Social Media

The technology they used included robotics. Drones could be used to help provide situational awareness, such as neighborhoods with downed powerlines. Robotics could also be used on the ground to assist humans in reinstalling portions of the power grid. That innovative, yet practical approach would also work in a tornado response scenario.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is also being leveraged in disaster response. For example, AI can analyze images and identify things like flooding, damaged buildings and blocked roads. AI can also be used to analyze social media posts to help filter out the illegitimate.

Social media can be effective during a disaster; however, emergency management teams need to be building these channels long before a disaster ever happens. It’s part of the preparedness component. When a social media page, hashtag, etc. are up and running, verified and reliable—and the public has awareness—social media can be a very powerful tool both before, during and after a disaster.

Innovation Isn’t Always About Technology

Sometimes technology can let you down, and you may need to go “old school” with more “manual” tactics to resolve problems. It’s about collaborative exploration that pulls on diverse knowledge-sharing. A few examples of this came from Nebraskan communities during a recent workshop we ran:

  • Use of airboats for rescue and evacuation in areas populated with shallow rivers and creeks
  • Modification of golf carts to transport mobility-challenged evacuees
  • Pre-disaster campaigns for electricity-dependent community members to pre-register for priority assistance

 The Bottom Line: Innovative Thinking Can Produce Results
Globally, responders have common knowledge of emergency situations. However, each community and its responders are dealing with their own unique set of challenges. At times, people can become trapped in the way they have always done things. But when the tried and true is no longer producing the needed results, that’s when innovation is needed the most.

When discussing new and innovative ways to overcome challenges, you can see the “lightbulbs go on” in the room, and that inspires everyone.

Want to learn more? Give your team the real-life tools to effectively respond to crisis situations. Attend the Disaster Simulation Lab at ICUEE 2019. The full education schedule will available online. To be the first to receive information about ICUEE 2019, sign up for show alerts.


Desiree Matel-Anderson, Chief Wrangler

Desi Matel-Anderson is the Chief Wrangler of FIT and CEO of the Global Disaster Innovation Group, LLC. Desi is the first and former Chief Innovation Advisor at FEMA and Think Tank Strategic Vision Coordinator. During her tenure at FEMA, she led the first innovation team down to Hurricane Sandy to provide real-time problem-solving in disaster response and recovery and ran think tanks nation-wide to cultivate innovation in communities. Her emergency management experience began when she volunteered in Northern Illinois University’s Office of Emergency Planning. She then worked with the Southeast Wisconsin Urban Area Security Initiative, and the City of Milwaukee Homeland Security and Emergency Management Office. In addition to her regional emergency management duties, she worked as an assessor of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program Assessor nation-wide.

She has since worked on numerous emergency management projects with agencies, communities, organizations and companies. She also lectures on innovation at Harvard, Yale, UC Berkeley and several other universities across the country and serves as consultant on innovative practices and infrastructure for agencies and governments, nationally and internationally. Desi attended the National Preparedness Leadership Institute at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and School of Public Health in 2011, served on the Advisory Board of Harvard’s National Preparedness Leadership Institute in 2013, and holds a faculty position at the Harvard Kennedy School. She obtained a Juris Doctorate from Northern Illinois University in 2009.