The 2018 AGG1 Academy & Expo, co-located with the World of Asphalt, concluded a successful run, March 6-8, with a very positive atmosphere, as attendees and exhibitors conducted business and discussed issues affecting future growth such as infrastructure funding and industry experts shared best practices during well-attended education sessions.
The co-located exhibitions were held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.
Exhibitors and attendees interviewed by Rock Products expressed satisfaction with their show experience, booth traffic and educational opportunities. The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association each held their annual convention in association with the event.
Rock Products sponsored NSSGA’s Young Leaders Luncheon speaker, former Navy SEAL David Sears.
Registered attendance was more than 8,300 at the close of the shows, down slightly from last year, with attendees coming from all 50 states, all 10 Canadian provinces and 50 other countries worldwide.
Both AGG1 and the World of Asphalt hosted a sold-out show floor that broke size records and spanned a combined 174,000 net sq. ft. of exhibits. More than 460 exhibitors, including more than 160 new to the shows, displayed their latest products and technologies for the aggregates, asphalt, and pavement maintenance and traffic safety sectors.
Education was an integral component of the event, with attendees purchasing more than 10,000 tickets for the shows’ signature learning programs: People, Plants and Paving Conference from the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and AGG1 Academy from the NSSGA.
“These outstanding numbers emphasize the value of the convention and AGG1. This really is the best time for anyone in our industry to connect with peers, examine business issues that affect our operations and get energized for the future,” said Joel Galassini, CEMEX regional president and AGG1 Academy & Expo chair.
“This was one of our best events ever that delivered it all for industry professionals: product innovations, focused education and quality networking,” said Kevin Kelly, president of Walsh & Kelly and World of Asphalt 2018 chair. “It is always an incredible opportunity to come together and learn from each other, and we thank all participants for their continued support.”
The next AGG1 Academy & Expo and World of Asphalt Show & Conference will be held Feb. 12-14, 2019, at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis.
The shows are held annually except in ConExpo-Con/Agg years, when that show spotlights the exhibitors and products of AGG1 and World of Asphalt.