The 2013 International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) was one of the largest and most comprehensive ever, with registered attendance of more than 17,500, surpassing the last show, held in 2011. The 2013 ICUEE ran Oct. 1-3 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.
There was plenty of enthusiasm and a positive buzz throughout ICUEE 2013. Attendees connected with exhibitors to do business and connected with industry experts in the 90-plus education sessions to gain a clearer understanding of industry issues and challenges.
“We hope the great turnout and participation at this year’s ICUEE points to more sustainable and broader industry growth,” said Sara Truesdale Mooney, show director, ICUEE. “Attendees said ICUEE prepares them for what lies ahead and that the show is where they go to find new products and solutions, make buying decisions and learn the latest industry best practices.”
A final registration count of more than 17,500 made the 2013 show the second-highest attended in ICUEE history; international attendance was also second highest. Participants came from all 50 states, all 10 Canadian provinces and 50 other countries worldwide.
ICUEE 2013 had a record 862 exhibitors, and the show floor hit a record 1,173,957 net square feet, including co-located H20-XPO and iP Utility Safety Conference & Expo. The indoor and outdoor exhibits offered utilities and utility contractors comparison shopping for new products and equipment, with the hands-on product demonstrations that are a hallmark of ICUEE.
A record 11 co-located education programs and events, more than double the previous benchmark, provided attendees additional value for their show experience. Attendees purchased 40 percent more education tickets for ICUEE 2013 than at the last show, underscoring the relevancy of the targeted, expert education offered by leading industry groups to better meet attendees’ specific needs.
“ICUEE is known as a venue for utility and contractor professionals to meet face to face with their industry peers across the country and worldwide to exchange information,” said Mooney. “ICUEE also provides the opportunity to talk with industry executives and product experts and to be the first to see new product launches, discover new suppliers and find solutions to tough problems.”
ICUEE 2013 also featured jobsite safety demonstrations and a new indoor “demo stage.” Specialized exhibit pavilions helped attendees find specific products and companies. A new products and technologies program and an interactive, personalized online show planner also helped attendees make the most productive use of their time at the show.
ICUEE targets utilities and utility contractors in the following sectors: electric, telecommunications, wastewater, water, natural gas, cable and rail. The next edition of the biennial show will be held Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2015, in Louisville, Ky.