More than 10,000 individuals associated with the aggregates and asphalt industries attended what organizers described as a “record-setting” World of Asphalt Show & Conference and AGG1 Academy & Expo, Feb. 12-14 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
Attendance reached an all-time high with registered attendance at 10,063 – a 28-percent increase over the 2018 show in Houston. Attendees came from all 50 states, with the home state of Indiana represented with more than 1,500 in attendance. International attendance also increased with all 10 Canadian provinces and 52 other countries worldwide- including delegations from Nigeria and Russia – coming for the education and exhibit floor.
“It’s been a great show with a lot of interaction on the show floor and in the education sessions; this is where our industry comes together – competitors and peers, to prepare for future growth,” Kevin Kelly, president of Walsh & Kelly and World of Asphalt 2019 chair, said in a statement.
The Indiana Mineral Aggregates Association co-located its winter meeting with NSSGA’s Annual Convention and AGG1, and the Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana conducted three special education sessions at World of Asphalt.
“Whether you were here to learn or purchase equipment, attend the shows or our Annual Convention, valuable information and resources were shared to help participants get their businesses on the ‘fast track’ to success,” said Randy Lake, NSSGA 2018 chairman.
Both World of Asphalt and AGG1 achieved record size, and spanned a combined 201,450 net sq. ft. of exhibits and 500 exhibitors. More than 145 of those were new to the shows. On display were the latest products and technologies for the aggregates, asphalt, pavement maintenance and traffic safety sectors.
The shows offered more than 150 learning opportunities, anchored by the AGG1 Academy from the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) and People, Plants and Paving Conference from the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA).
More than 30 allied groups from the United States, Canada and worldwide participating as official supporting organizations, the show said in its statement.
The shows are industry-owned and managed. World of Asphalt is owned by NAPA, Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and NSSGA, and produced by AEM. NSSGA owns and produces AGG1 Academy & Expo.