A big show where there’s plenty to do

By |  March 19, 2014

When colleagues ask what the 2014 ConExpo-Con/Agg show was like, how do you answer?

I’ve been telling my coworkers that it’s by far the largest trade show I’ve ever attended (and with more than 20 years experience as an editor, I’ve walked miles of show floors over the years).

But I don’t just say that because my feet ached for days after I left Las Vegas. ConExpo-Con/Agg is the largest trade show in North America based on net square feet, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

The event was so massive, show organizers provided a shuttle service that transported those smart enough to use it to the indoor and outdoor exhibit areas. If that doesn’t sound impressive, consider that ConExpo-Con/Agg featured 2.35 million net square feet of exhibit space and more than 2,000 exhibitors.

No matter where you went during the show, which ran March 4 through 8, you were checking out new equipment, big and small. You couldn’t miss the jaw crushers, engines, conveyer belts, and trucks. In fact, I was amazed by the size of some of the heavy equipment on display in the South, North and Central exhibit halls. Sure, this equipment may look large when it’s on a jobsite, but it looks even bigger when it’s trapped inside a building.

ConExpo-Con/Agg was the perfect place to try what you wanted to buy. Even though I’m not currently in the market for a pneumatic rivet driver, I checked out Flexco’s anyhow.

The other 129,363 attendees probably thought this show was huge, too. But because it was the best place to test drive the latest aggregate equipment and products, it was worth the sore feet.

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