San Antonio: Aggregates Expo 2013

March 19-21, 2013. The AGG1 Aggregates Academy & Expo and the co-located World of Asphalt was a platform for leading manufacturers and service providers showcasing products and technologies aimed at the aggregates, asphalt, pavement maintenance and traffic safety industry sectors.  There were folks from all branches of the industry, including Pavement Maintenance Contractors, Asphalt and Aggregate Producers, Fleet Managers, Highway Contractors, Traffic Safety Professionals, Plant Operators, and Public Officials.  Special events included the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s Environment, Health & Safety Conference, and a session titled People, Plants and Paving Training.  Along for the ride were the Rubber Pavements Association, dedicated to encouraging greater usage of cost-effective asphalt pavements containing recycled tire rubber.  Hey, just stop and think for a minute:  what would a “World of Asphalt” be like, really?  Actually the organizers probably didn’t mean us to take the title quite so literally….

San Antonio: World of Asphalt

March 19-21, 2013. World of Asphalt and the co-located AGG1 Aggregates Academy & Expo was a platform for leading manufacturers and service providers showcasing products and technologies aimed at the aggregates, asphalt, pavement maintenance and traffic safety industry sectors.  There were folks from all branches of the industry, including Pavement Maintenance Contractors, Asphalt and Aggregate Producers, Fleet Managers, Highway Contractors, Traffic Safety Professionals, Plant Operators, and Public Officials.  Special events included the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s Environment, Health & Safety Conference, and a session titled People, Plants and Paving Training.  Along for the ride were the Rubber Pavements Association, dedicated to encouraging greater usage of cost-effective asphalt pavements containing recycled tire rubber.  Hey, just stop and think for a minute:  what would a “World of Asphalt” be like, really?  Actually the organizers probably didn’t mean us to take the title quite so literally….

Anaheim: American Public Works Association (APWA 2012)

Aug. 26-31, 2012. APWA is the American Public Works Association, and Anaheim was playing host to the International Public Works Congress and Exhibition.  Public Works, we learned, is the heartbeat of any city, developing and maintaining buildings, roads, water systems, solid waste handling and administration. The people who work in public works are solving “some of the toughest problems faced by our communities, our country, and our world”.  The member roster of 28,000 forms the backbone of the public works APWA network. They are primarily from North America, but members can be found on all continents. They plan, build, manage and maintain billions of dollars worth of public infrastructure.  Okay, so you want to work… in public works?  Works for me….

Charlotte: World of Asphalt

Mar. 13-18, 2012. Somehow imagining a “World of Asphalt” does not conjure up in the layman’s mind the kind of Utopian vision the organizers presumably intended.  Does a  ”World of Asphalt” have room for trees, for instance, or would the whole planet be covered in blacktop?  Seriously, World of Asphalt Show & Conference is the leading exposition and education resource for the asphalt industry. The event features in-depth industry-focused educational programming and comprehensive exhibits, that showcase the latest technologies and innovations in asphalt-related equipment, products and services. You never saw so many roadrollers and backhoes in one place.  We’d suggest as a theme-tune the Rolling Stones singing Paint It Black…

Nashville: National Pavement Expo (NPE 2011)

National Pavement Expo is the only event in the paving and pavement maintenance industry addressing all industry segments. NPE offered educational seminars and workshops led by industry experts that provided industry-specific insights to help contractors strengthen their businesses and work more efficiently. Attendees learned first-hand the latest tech advances and techniques, like how to become a better striper, with “some real tricks of the trade, new ideas in tools that will maximize the quality of your striping while improving your efficiency, and a sound understanding of parking lot layout and striping that contractors need to be successful”. Now, if I could only remember where I parked my truck…