Ditch Witch Barcelona hosted a special customer event on Oct. 30, drawing a total of 216 customers, equipment dealers and members of the press.

This was the ninth year this event has taken place.  It was an all-day affair highlighted by introductions and demonstrations of new Ditch Witch trenching and trenchless equipment. Many attendees got their first look at the new JT100 Mach 1 horizontal directional drill, the PR100 pipe bursting system, and RT10, RT12, RT45, and RT80 trenchers and were able to view the full product line.  Ditch Witch was also able to demonstrate its tooling for its geothermal process.

Like most industries in 2009, underground construction saw reductions in sales. But Joe Smith, Jr., European sales manager for the Ditch Witch organization, says the Ditch Witch Barcelona customer event makes him believe a turnaround is imminent. “From our event I could tell that customers are more confident about buying new equipment,” says Smith. “The release of so many outstanding new Ditch Witch machines sets the stage for a strong 2010.”

Customers at the event were also treated to a mud-mixing presentation by representatives of Baroid Industrial Drilling Products, which manufactures a wide range of drilling fluid additives used in directional drilling operations. The event concluded in the evening with an offsite reception and dinner.

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