New education opportunities, equipment test drives and product demos will be the highlight at ICUEE, which is set for October 1-3 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.
The biennial ICUEE, International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition, is known as The Demo Expo for its equipment test drives and interactive product demonstrations. It is geared towards utilities and utility and construction contractors who are looking for comprehensive insights into the latest industry technologies, innovations and trends, focused on electric transmission and distribution, telecom, cable, natural gas, water and wastewater and vegetation management.
Growing exhibition space
ICUEE 2019, slated for October 1-3, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, is on track to be the largest ever. Attendees can explore 28-plus acres of indoor and outdoor exhibits of the latest innovations in utility and construction equipment, products, tools and services.
Specialized exhibit pavilions will feature fleet management and safety, plus a new Emerging Technologies Pavilion, which brings together state-of-the art products and services that provide business-solution services, management tools, software and related products and services.
More than 70 fluid power manufacturers and distributors exhibit at the event, as can be seen to the right.
Networking events include the return of the popular Bourbon, Beer & Bites reception at the close of show Thursday, and a special concert downtown at Fourth Street Live! Wednesday evening for all ICUEE attendees.
Expanded education opportunities
ICUEE education programs offer attendees a variety of formats and topics to maximize their time on-site. Sessions include new disaster-readiness simulation labs, an expanded roster of show-floor field classrooms and new eat-and-learn workshops.
And new this year, ICUEE 2019-The Demo Expo will host a special careers day at the show for hundreds of high school students to see the many rewarding industry careers available.
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), show owner and producer, has partnered with Bridging America’s Gap to bring the organization’s Career Skills Event to the show on closing day, October 3.
The event is designed to help address worker shortages as 20 million skilled employees are expected to retire in the next few years.
“We work diligently to bring together young people and educators with employers to help build a long-term entry-level employee pipeline,” said V. Brett Melvin, founder and executive director of Bridging America’s Gap. “This first-hand look will be a real treat and a rare opportunity for any young person to see the multitude of career opportunities available to them in the skilled trades.”
“AEM is excited to work with Bridging America’s Gap, and ICUEE and our exhibitors are looking forward to meeting our student attendees and showing them how rewarding an industry career can be,” said Julie Davis, AEM’s director of workforce development. “AEM has worked for many years to help strengthen and expand tomorrow’s industry workforce, and we are dedicated to helping our members, exhibitors and industry segments attract and retain talent.”
During the Career Skills Event at ICUEE 2019, student groups will rotate between half a dozen learning stations, including simulators, for a hands-on look at skilled trade career opportunities.
Industry professionals will also share their personal experiences on how they got involved and what they love about their careers.
Additional education opportunities abound throughout the event as well.
“ICUEE education sessions are a great way to conveniently ramp up the knowledge of your team,” said John Rozum, ICUEE show director. “We’ve developed relevant programs and gathered leading experts to help you and your team stay informed and up to speed on the latest industry developments.”
As an added value, education participants earn Professional Development Hours credit. Attendees can also take advantage of industry certifications offered by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO).
Disaster Simulation Labs — Desi Matel-Anderson, FEMA’s first and former chief innovation advisor, will lead new Disaster Simulation Labs. Matel-Anderson will help attendees explore needs and concepts to create tailored and innovative solutions to meet a variety of crisis needs.
Expanded Field Classrooms — ICUEE uses ‘walking’ classrooms on the show floor to provide a hands-on overview of topics geared to those new to the industry (or those wanting a refresher). Electrical hazards and equipment hydraulics will be covered, among other topics.
New Eat and Learn Workshops — Learning opportunities will be offered at Tuesday lunch, Wednesday breakfast and/or lunch sessions. Topics include drones, smart utility infrastructure, and workforce development.