The World of Asphalt and AGG1 2015 not only scored new attendance records, but also they broke records in number of exhibitors and net square footage.
“Exhibitors and attendees alike cited the value of face-to-face dialog 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.
The shows, held March 17-19 at the Baltimore (Md.) Convention Center, had a total attendance of 7,600, which was up more than 26 percent, compared with the last show, and 1,000 more than the previous record.
Attendees came from all 50 states, 9 of the 10 Canadian provinces and more than 50 other countries.
In addition, both shows set exhibitor and exhibit space records, with a total 450 exhibitors on more than 135,000 net square feet to showcase the latest technologies and products.
“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.
He added, “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.”
Besides a busy showfloor, a record 10,000-plus education session tickets were purchased by attendees for the shows’ signature learning programs.
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.
“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.
He added, “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.”
Next year’s show will be held March 22-24 in Nashville, Tenn.
- Industry News