ICUEE 2017, the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition, proved to be the largest in show history with 28-plus acres of exhibits, more than 1,000 exhibitors and nearly 18,000 registered attendees.
Registrants came from all 50 states and more than 50 other countries to visit specialized exhibits, participate in hands-on test drives, experience interactive product demonstrations and enjoy a wealth of activities on and around the show floor. The show is owned and produced by AEM.
“We had a great turnout and participation at ICUEE 2017,” said Rick Rodier, vice president, Sitework Systems Division of The Toro Company and 2017 ICUEE chair. “It was inspiring to see the enthusiasm of so many utility and construction professionals networking and sharing ideas, and finding the product innovations and solutions that will help them grow their businesses.”
Attendee demographics in the utilities category were up six percent over the 2015 show – which set a show record for overall attendance – and the utility construction category was up three percent over 2015.
In addition, ICUEE attendees and exhibitors raised more than $37,000 to help military veterans secure high-quality employment and bring awareness to the value vets bring to the workplace. The ICUEE Industry ‘Give-Back’ Auction, along with onsite donations, donated its proceeds to the Call of Duty Endowment, the non-profit organization founded by Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard.
With the mission of placing veterans into high-quality careers, the endowment has distributed millions of dollars to non-profits that have used these funds to place more than 37,000 veterans into jobs. The endowment has increased its goal to placing 50,000 veterans by 2019.
ICUEE and the Call of Duty Endowment first teamed up in 2015 for the show’s Benefit Auction. The event was met with generosity and enthusiasm, raising more than $29,000 (which is around 47 job placements).
The auction took place on the ICUEE Demo Stage, presented by Benjamin Media Inc. The auction was presented with support of Benjamin Media, publisher of Trenchless Technology and Trenchless Technology Canada, and J.J. Kane Auctioneers.