Report from ICUEE 2009 in Louisville

By Kathleen Davis, Senior Editor

The International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE), also know as “The Demo Show” opened its doors to a huge crowd and a registration line that twisted its way through the lobby on Tuesday, October 5 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

According to show management, the expo features more than 1 million net square feet of exhibits (or about 25 acres), including booth indoor booths and outdoor demonstrations.

Unfortunately for the extensive crowd, Louisville saw a lot of rain on Tuesday, impacting the ability of attendees to get a good look at the bevy of bucket trucks and construction equipment in the three outdoor spaces at ICUEE.

This biennial construction and utility expo is geared to professionals in the electric, phone and cable, sewer and water, gas, general construction, landscaping and public works sector. The show features both a large show floor and a significant number of educational sessions.

Three shows are currently co-located with ICUEE, including the inaugural water show H20-XPO from the National Rural Water Association (NRWA), the IP Safety Conference and Expo and the IVU Technology Conference. This year in Louisville, the NRWA is also holding its annual convention in conjunction with IEEE.

A number of companies introduce new products at the ICUEE show. This year was no exception. Ramsey Introduced and demonstrated two new electronic control systems, NexStar, a crane management system, and ECM, an electronic cable management system.

Stellar Industries is showing a new line of telescopic service cranes equipped with their Crane Dynamics Technology. TT Technologies has introduced a trenchless method for replacing plastic and copper services at the show.

Additionally on Tuesday, DUECO announced that two Wisconsin utilities, Marshfield and Plymouth, had added the company’s plug-in hybrid utility trucks to their fleets. (In fact, “going green” appears to be quite a popular theme among ICUEE exhibitors overall.)

ICUEE traces its beginnings to 1964 when Illinois Bell invited 12 trencher manufacturers to demonstrate equipment on the same day in the same field in Elburn, Illinois. Owned by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, the North American-based international trade and business development group serving the off-road equipment industry, ICUEE moved to Louisville in 1987.

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