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ICUEE, Now The Utility Expo, Earns Number Two Spot in ‘Top Trade Shows’ List

Continued Growth Opportunities Reflected in New Name

 Over the years, ICUEE has become the utility industry’s premier platform for growth and that was recognized when ICUEE won the number-two spot in the annual Top Trade Show list produced by the Trade Show News Network(TSNN). TSNN is the online information resource for the exhibitions and events industry and ranks the top trade shows in the United States by exhibit space size.

ICUEE recently underwent a complete brand overhaul with its name changing to The Utility Expo. This all-inclusive name better reflects The Utility Expo experience – an event that introduces professionals from all utility sectors to the new equipment, ideas and innovations they need – all in one place. 

“It is an honor to be recognized by Trade Show News Network for the success of ICUEE on its largest show ever,” said John Rozum, director, Ag & Utility Exhibitions and Events and show director for ICUEE and now The Utility Expo.

Live demos and opportunities to “test drive” the equipment make it an outstanding show.

“From humble beginnings in a farm field in Elburn, Il, in 1964 to the premier platform for growth and development in the utility industry. We will continuously look for new ways to help the show deliver even more value for top manufacturers, service providers and utility professionals.” 

ICUEE hosted its largest show ever in 2019 with over 1,000 exhibitors on over 1.3 million square feet of show space. The show also was recognized by Trade Show Executive magazine in their “Fastest 50” growing trade shows award when the 2019 show saw its previous attendance record shattered by eight percent, welcoming over 19,000 attendees.

The Utility Expo looks to break even more records at its next show taking place from September 28-30, 2021 returning to Louisville and the Kentucky Exposition Center. Keep up to date on the show at www.theutilityexpo.com.

About The Utility Expo – The Utility Expo is the largest event for utility professionals and construction contractors seeking comprehensive insights into the latest industry technologies, innovations and trends.  The biennial trade show, known for equipment test drives and interactive product demonstrations, takes place in Louisville, KY. The next edition will be September 28-30, 2021.

ICUEE 2021 Important Announcement Coming May 5, 2020

When utility professionals converge on Louisville, KY on September 28-30, 2021, they will notice some big changes to the show that has become the utility industry’s premier platform for growth – and ICUEE Show Management will be announcing those changes on May 5, 2020

Check back on May 5th for more information…

ICUEE Adds New Chair and Vice-Chair for 2021

ICUEE – The Demo Expo announced that Dave Hughes, vice president of global sales for McElroy Manufacturing, Inc., has been named 2021 show chair. He will be leading the ICUEE management committee, a volunteer group of utility construction industry executives for overall show planning. 

ICUEE, or the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition, is the largest of its kind, known for the invaluable and numerous interactive product demonstrations that take place over the 3-day show. The biennial show last took place in 2019 and is set to reopen September 28 – 30, 2021.

“AEM is more than pleased to have Dave on board as the new chair for ICUEE 2021. His expertise and participation will be incredibly valuable to our team as we continue to work towards our goals for 2021. We know that Dave and the rest of our management committee all have a great vision of what ICUEE can and will be and we look forward to announcing some exciting changes in the coming year,” said ICUEE Show Director John Rozum.

“I am extremely pleased to accept this position for the 2021 show. I know that everyone on the committee is dedicated to best serving industry professionals by providing an interactive and valuable experience at ICUEE,” said Hughes.

Dave lives in Tulsa, OK and is married to Michele whom they have three children together. He attended the University of Oklahoma where he received his degree in Accounting and earned an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. Dave has served in many capacities at McElroy since joining in 2001. He is also the President and COO of Southern Specialties (SSC) based in Tulsa, OK.  

Hughes is returning to the ICUEE management committee as he served as the 2019 vice chair. 

He is also very active in Young President’s Organization (YPO) and has served his Tulsa Chapter in all of its major offices, including Chairman

ICUEE 2021 Also Names Show Vice Chair and Management Committee

Serving as vice chair of the ICUEE 2021 Management Committee is Julie Fuller, vice president of engineering, marketing and purchasing for Tadano Mantis Corporation. 

Here is the full roster of the ICUEE 2020 Management Committee.

  • Chris Brahler, President and CEO, TT Technologies Inc
  • Joe Caywood, Director of Marketing & Product Management, Terex Corporation
  • Andrew Christopher, Director, Corporate Business Division, John Deere Construction & Forestry
  • Mark Core, Executive Vice President & CMO, Vermeer Corporation
  • Bruce Farrar, Director – Industrial OEM Sales & Support, Cummins
  • Alessandro Ferrari, VP Sales, Prinoth
  • Jim Glazer, President, Elliott Equipment Company
  • Brian Metcalf, CEO, Ring-O-Matic
  • Sam Miceli, VP and GM, Vactor
  • Laura Ness Owens, VP Marketing, Doosan Bobcat
  • Bob Pettit, CEO, HAWE Hydraulics
  • Mike Popovich, VP Sales & Marketing – Excavators, Vacall/Gradall Industries Inc.
  • Jim Rauckman, Managing Member, Rauckman Utility Products
  • Mark Regan, Director of Sales, NA, Versalift
  • Kevin Smith, President, Hammerhead
  • Grant Williams, Marketing Campaign Manager, Altec Industries Inc.

ICUEE is the leading event for utility professionals and construction contractors seeking comprehensive insights into the latest industry technologies, innovations and trends.

At ICUEE –Interactive Education; Disaster Preparedness – Education the way you want it!

ICUEE lets you choose from education right on the show floor to interactive crisis-simulation planning.  Choose from a variety of formats and topics to help you make your operations better, faster, and safer.

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Field Classrooms
These education sessions take you out of the classroom and onto the show floor where your instructors are hands-on with the equipment.

  • How the hydraulic systems work to achieve your goals
  • Potential challenges of a Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) project
  • How technology helps identify the need and type of equipment required

Click here for a complete list of field classrooms.  Register early because space is limited!

Disaster Simulation Lab

  • This interactive lab will be led by first and former FEMA Chief Innovation Officer Desi Matel-Anderson.
  • Give your team the real-life tools to effectively respond to crisis situations.

Eat and Learn Workshops
Join us for eat and learn workshops Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss hot topics in the industry:

  • Drone Panel:  Effective Applications in Utility Industry
  • The Business Model for Building and Maintaining a Smart Utility Infrastructure
  • Workforce Development Generational Story

View the workshop descriptions for more detail.

Diesel Progress Summit
Receive a 20% discount on tickets to the first Diesel Progress Summit (DPS) in Louisville on Monday, September 30, the day before ICUEE begins. Use code ICUEE20 when you book at www.dieselprogresssummit.com.

Register by August 23 to save over 50% on registration!

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Insights and Advice for Equipment Managers in the Pipeline Industry

Andy Baldwin has been the equipment manager for Appalachian Pipeline Contractors in Hendersonville, Tenn., since June 2011. Prior to assuming that role, Baldwin worked in the auto parts industry for nearly 20 years. “My experience in auto parts, having a basic understanding of different types of machinery and their related components, made me a good fit,” Baldwin relates.

Baldwin now manages Appalachian Pipeline’s 500-plus-piece fleet of equipment ranging from trucks, skid steers and excavators to boring machines, pipelayers, sandblasting pots and numerous attachments. Baldwin talked to ICUEE about some of his biggest lessons learned since joining the pipeline industry nearly eight years ago, along with what he thinks it will take to continue succeeding as an equipment manager.

Q: What are some of the biggest pipeline industry trends right now?

We’re seeing a lot of new pipeline construction, as well as the refurbishing of existing lines. We’ve put in a lot of bids on “take-up and relay” projects where we’re removing old 10-inch lines and putting 16-inch lines in their place, or maybe going from a 16 to a 20. In either case, the existing pipe is too small to handle the volume that needs to run through it.

Another thing I’ve seen is that more equipment is available to rent than when I first started in 2011. A great example is the trailer-style vacuum excavator. We don’t operate this type of machine on an everyday basis, so I really can’t justify purchasing one. The challenge has been: Where can I go to rent one? Meeting people from leading manufacturers have been really helpful. Now there are a few vendors out there who have added vacuum excavators to their rental fleets.

Q: What are your biggest lessons learned thus far as an equipment manager?

Technology can be really helpful, but you have to do your homework and make sure you’ll get a return on your investment. For example, we’ve tried a couple of different telematics solutions, primarily for equipment tracking. The issue we’ve always run into is that, because of the specialized work we do, our equipment sometimes sits for longer periods of time. If it’s not being started and operated every day, especially in the colder northern climate, the telematics device seems to put a bit of a draw on the battery. Since our primary focus is productivity and downtime, that’s a concern for us.

Another issue we’ve had with telematics is that a lot of our equipment is older. We aren’t able to capture as much of the machine performance data as we’d like in order to really see the benefit of telematics. That will change over time, of course, as we replace and upgrade elements of our fleet.

Q: Do you have any advice for your fellow equipment managers?

When I first came into this industry, I didn’t know all that much. Plus, I was all by myself; nearly everyone else in the company was out on job sites. I knew what a dozer was and what an excavator was, of course, but I knew I had a lot to learn. That’s why I attended my first ICUEE in 2013. Now the show has grown to include a lot more of what we utilize as a pipeline company. I’m looking forward to the show this year to see what else is new and different and would encourage others to attend as well.

I like to think outside the box. I look at equipment and technology, not just for what it is designed for, but what our company can use it for. For example, we’ve started using pole trailers for hauling pipe on the right-of-way. They are compact but can carry the weight. I think it’s important for equipment managers to really challenge themselves and think creatively.

My other piece of advice is that it’s important to build a long list of resources. That’s another reason I like ICUEE. I’ve been able to meet a lot of people from a lot of companies, some of which I was never even aware of. When I first became an equipment manager eight years ago, I only had a couple of mat companies I dealt with. Now I have six or eight. The more people you know and the more options you have, the better you can be as an equipment manager.

You can see the latest equipment and technology for the utility and construction industries at, Oct. 1-3, 2019 in Louisville, KY. Registration is now open.

About ICUEE:

The biennial ICUEE, International Construction, and Utility Equipment Exposition are known as The Demo Expo for its equipment test drives and interactive product demonstrations.

It is the leading event for utilities and utility and construction contractors seeking comprehensive insights into the latest industry technologies, innovations, and trends focused on electric transmission and distribution, telecom, cable, natural gas, water and wastewater, and vegetation management.

ICUEE owner and producer is Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers – www,aem.org.