Ribbon-cutting ceremony highlights what’s new

By |  March 4, 2014


ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 kicked off March 4 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the spirit of its theme, “If it’s new, it’s here.”

A large crowd of attendees and exhibitors gathered outside the South Hall and across from the Platinum Lot to help officially open the event.

Glen Tellock, chairman of ConExpo-Con/Agg, reminded those gathered that the show is run is owned and run by the industry for the benefit of the industry to help ensure continued growth and vitality.

“One of the greatest benefits you’ll find here is to connect with your peers and take the pulse of what’s happening,” he said.

He thanked the leaders from the organizations that played a role in making ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 the success that it is, calling out their names as they faced the crowd.

Bill Parks, 2014 chair of IFPE, also addressed the crowd, calling on attendees to make their voices heard in their communities and Congress. More than 100,000 participants in 2014 make a powerful statement about the size and scope of the industry. “We’re here to make the world a better place with our technologies,” he said.

In the spirit of coming together, Tellock introduced Bandaloop, an Oakland, Calif.-based group of “vertical dancers” who gave a breathtaking performance off the side of the South Hall building. After they descended from above, the ribbon was cut.

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