In a joint announcement on the showfloor of the 52nd annual National Farm Machinery Show, Kentucky State Fair Board CEO Jason Rittenberry and Association of Equipment Manufacturers President Dennis Slater, shared with exhibitors and attendees that the two organizations have a verbal agreement on a future collaboration.
NFMS currently is running Feb. 15-18 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
Beginning with the 2018 show, AEM will assist with management and co-production of the show, as well as have an equity position in the future growth of the show.
“Every year, hundreds of exhibitors are wait-listed for America’s largest indoor farm show,” said Kentucky State Fair Board President and CEO Jason Rittenberry.
He added, “This partnership will bring new opportunities for current and future exhibitors, and expand the experience for our attendees.”
NFMS contributes $20.1 million in economic impact to the Commonwealth each year, and is owned and produced by the Kentucky State Fair Board.
“This is a first step in a partnership that will benefit all the stakeholders in the National Farm Machinery Show and the Ag industry,” said Dennis Slater, president of AEM.
He added, “AEM’s commitment to its core services like public policy and our success in leading tradeshows, naturally lends itself to our new partnership with the Kentucky Fair Board and the National Farm Machinery Show.”
The NFMS brings manufacturers and their customers face-to-face to connect, talk shop, share ideas and join voices on the issues that affect everyone in the agriculture industry.
Slater noted that this endeavor will allow more facets of the Ag industry to more easily work together to advance and strengthen the agriculture sector for the benefit of all.
AEM holds ICUEE – The Intl. Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition at the Kentucky Exposition Center, which draws nearly 11,000 attendees to a 1.2 million net square foot showfloor.
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