Indy Bound

2014 PumperThe 2014 Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo International — an important show for trenchless and pipe cleaning companies — returns to Indianapolis Feb. 24-27 at the Indianapolis Convention Center.
Attended by more than 4,000 septic, sewer and drain professionals each year, the Pumper & Cleaner Expo offers up the latest products and technology in the environmental service industry, as well as providing educational seminars that are led by industry-leading professionals.

Attendees will have access to more than 500 exhibits, spanning more than 500,000 sq ft of the convention center. The largest annual trade show of its kind, the Pumper & Cleaner Expo has grown significantly over the last several years, attracting some 12,000 environmental service professionals from 46 countries to discuss onsite installation, portable sanitation, sewer cleaning, utility location and much, more. 

The convention starts Monday, Feb. 24, with what’s aptly named Education Day with more than 50 educational seminars running from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. These sessions feature trenchless technology topics in pipeline rehabilitation and repair and utility location, as well as sewer cleaning repairs, operation and maintenance and safety. Attendees will earn continuing education units from attending these sessions. Several will be offered in Spanish either exclusively or alongside the English versions.
 
Wednesday night’s Industry Appreciation Party, held at the JW Marriott Hotel, combines the usual party with the typical Saturday night concert. Country artist Lee Bricewill perform for the evening’s entertainment, and attendees will appreciate the party’s $.25 cent beer throughout the night.

Thursday morning’s Roundtable Discussion and Breakfast will put the finishing touches on an eventful four days. A breakfast buffet will be served, after which attendees break out into small groups to touch on important industry issues.

As any city in the Midwest is in late February, Indianapolis will still be dusting off the winter snow, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the downtown area. When you’re not packing your brain with limitless amounts of useful information, Indianapolis has plenty of indoor activities. Let your artsy side wander through multiple installations of all kinds, including the Football Invitational at the National Art Museum of Sport, commemorating fine art depictions of professional to pick-up football. If music is more your speed, Indianapolis is home to myriad of jazz clubs to kick back to some soulful tunes.

Sharon M. Bueno is managing editor of Trenchless Technology.
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