Utility professionals were in the operator’s seat this week in Louisville as The Utility Expo brought the industry back together. Organizations from across the country, including Duke Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Michels, Intren, and Henkels & McCoy, Inc., sent representatives ranging from CFO, COO, executive vice president, fleet and asset and equipment purchasing, to view specialized exhibits and product unveilings, participate in hands-on test drives and demonstrations, learn about the latest innovations in the industry, and make purchasing decisions.
Commencing Sept. 28-30, the 2021 installment of the Utility Expo was the largest in the show’s history with more than 950 companies spread across more than 1.4 million net square feet (32-plus acres) of the Kentucky Exhibition Center.
Many NUCA companies were on hand walking the exhibits as well as displaying their wares. NUCA itself also had a booth in he indoor area, manned by Doug Carlson and Cheryl Stratos. NUCA co-hosted a reception on Sept. 29 in conjunction with Cemen Tech.
“Given the extraordinary circumstances around in-person events, we were excited to be able to produce The Utility Expo and bring a diverse lineup of thousands of products to over 16,500 attendees,” said John Rozum, show director for The Utility Expo.
Dave Hughes, vice president of global sales for McElroy Manufacturing, Inc., and 2021 show chair, echoed Rozum’s comments.
“It was significant to be able to safely and successfully operate The Utility Expo this year,” said Hughes. “The new and expanded show layout, fabulous weather, innovative products and technologies and engaged crowds, all contributed to a very successful event.”
“The networking opportunities at The Utility Expo are invaluable for attendees and fellow exhibitors,” continued Hughes. “As an organization we can provide customized solutions for our customers’ challenges. But if those customers need something we cannot provide, we can refer them to an organization who can help them, and those connections can only come at events like The Utility Expo.”
Jamie Gardner, brand manager for trade shows and events at Milwaukee Tool said they weren’t sure what to expect, but the show did not disappoint.
“We are thrilled with the number of decision makers who are at the show and the engaging conversations we were able to have,” said Gardner. “The number of leads we were able to acquire exceeded our expectations and we are looking forward to 2023.”
The Utility Expo will return to Louisville and the Kentucky Exposition Center September 26-28, 2023.
Keep up to date on the show at https://www.theutilityexpo.com/.