The co-located 2010 World of Asphalt Show & Conference and AGG1 Aggregates Forum & Expo have just concluded a record-breaking run despite the lingering downturn, with packed exhibit aisles and education sessions.
The shows, which were held February 15-18, 2010 at the Duke Energy Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, posted record numbers for registrants, amount of exhibit space taken and number of education session tickets purchased.
Final registration numbers topped a record-breaking 6,200 for the two shows compared to 5,795 for the 2009 events, and included registrants from all 50 states, all 10 Canadian provinces, and more than 30 other countries worldwide. More than 25 percent were company presidents/owners, vice presidents, general managers or chief financial officers. All together, 80 percent of registrants were in managerial roles.
Note: Not only was the show a record-breaker, so was the snow that blanketed Cincinnati. In spite of the winter weather challenge attendees came from all around the country. IN conversations with a number of the contractors they said that they were there to learn about new technologies, processes and products. They were also interested in what others thought was happening with the asphalt paving in other markets and what other attendees thought was going to happen with the Highway Trust Fund Bill, The Jobs Bill and Stimulus funding.
Exhibitors expressed a high level of satisfaction with the attendees and their interest in products and product acquisition. It was a good show, a very good show. I personally like it because it’s easy to navigate and both exhibitors and attendees have time to talk.
The show floor covered a record 87,000-plus net square feet of exhibit space, compared to the 2009 total of 85,900 net square feet. More than 340 exhibitors showcased the latest technologies, equipment and products for aggregates, asphalt, pavement maintenance, and traffic safety professionals.
A record 6,600 education session tickets were purchased for the conferences, training programs and seminars held with the two shows, compared to the 2009 total of 5,730.
“This was truly an industry gathering place with a positive buzz throughout the convention center. Participants connected to share experiences and get up to speed on the latest technologies and ‘best practices’ that will drive growth in tomorrow’s economy,” stated Show Director Melissa Magestro.
“Our industry has been hit hard by this recession but there is some optimism looking ahead. We received very favorable feedback about the shows’ value in fostering these industry connections to help participants succeed,” Magestro added.
AGG1 and World of Asphalt are industry-run shows, and industry support has been key to their success, explained Magestro. “We understand that attendees and exhibitors need to carefully evaluate their budgets and time and make choices. Our industry partnerships and co-located events broaden the depth of the show experience for all participants and provide maximum return on investment,” she stated.
Co-locating with AGG1 and World of Asphalt in 2010 were the Flexible Pavements of Ohio annual meeting and the Plantmix Asphalt Industry of Kentucky (PAIKY) Winter Training School.
Several educational gatherings were also held in conjunction with the shows. These included the AGG1 Academy, the People, Plants and Paving Program, and the Asphalt Pavement Alliance’s Asphalt Pavement Conference.
Attendees also had access to the co-located National Traffic Management and Work Zone Safety Power Workshop, sponsored by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA); a NIOSH Seminar on Major Hazard Risk Assessment; a Project Management Essentials workshop; and an OSHA 10-hour course for construction workers certification program.
The shows are not held during CONEXPO-CON/AGG show years so in 2011, World of Asphalt and AGG1 exhibitors and products will be spotlighted at CONEXPO-CON/AGG, in March 2011 in Las Vegas. The co-located shows return in 2012 – March 12-15 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
AGG1 is owned by the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA); World of Asphalt is owned by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). AEM is show producer.