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Record attendance at The Utility Expo 2023 in Kentucky

The Utility Expo made a triumphant return to Louisville, Kentucky, USA, with a record gathering of over 21000 utility construction professionals from 50 US states and 60 countries. The Kentucky Exposition Center hosted the event which showcased the latest equipment and technologies that bolster the utility sector.

“From every perspective, this year’s Utility Expo surpassed all expectations, offering an abundance of sights and experiences for attendees,” said John Rozum, the show director. “Our goal is to bring utility pros together with exhibitors and equipment manufacturers to advance the utility industry and showcase how the equipment, products and technologies help keep our communities working and thriving.”

The Utility Expo, the largest trade show in Kentucky and third largest show in North America, featured over 900 exhibitors spread over a record 1.5 million net square feet. The registered attendance smashed the previous attendance record set in 2019.

“By all measures, this was an outstanding Utility Expo with more to see and experience than ever before,” said Jim Glazer, The Utility Expo show chair and president of Elliott Equipment Company. “The Utility Expo is always a tremendous opportunity to make lasting industry connections and take advantage of education that helps participants continue to grow and stay competitive.”

“Our education offerings at the show range from peer-to-peer demos to professional instruction to free drop-in sessions,” said Rozum. “Whether you prefer to learn in the classroom or in the driver’s seat, The Utility Expo has you covered.”
As part of the new Safety Symposium, the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) brought a wealth of safety-related educational workshops to the show. In addition, certification training related to flagger certification and traffic control technician, were also offered.

The Utility Expo also collaborated with the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA), to bring the NUCA Lounge to the show, that served as a welcoming central gathering point for its members attending The Utility Expo. NUCA also offered a confined-space-entry safety course for attendees at the show.

This year saw the return of The Jobsite, from Planet Underground that hosted hourly, free peer-to-peer demonstrations of Predictive Analytics Software, Electromagnetic (EM) locating, Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE), Underground RFID Marking Devices, and GIS Mobile Applications.

The Jobsite allowed attendees to experience exactly what it’s like to work on a site, but also spread the word about the importance of damage prevention and how equipment can play an important role in protecting underground utilities.

The show also included many prize giveaway, live music, along with complimentary food and drink and bourbon sampling.


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