During the last week of September, The Utility Expo made its successful return to Louisville, Kentucky, with a record-setting gathering of over 21,000 utility construction professionals from all 50 states and 60 countries, converging at the Kentucky Exposition Center.
These industry experts came together to experience firsthand the latest equipment and cutting-edge technologies that bolster the utility sector.
"We are thrilled with the overwhelming success of this year's The Utility Expo,” said John Rozum, The Utility Expo show director.
Rozum continued, "The record-breaking attendance, exhibitor engagement, exceptional educational content, and groundbreaking innovation all reflect the incredible dedication and passion within the utility industry. We're grateful for the support and participation of all involved."
The Utility Expo is the largest trade show in Kentucky and third largest show in North America.
This year, the show featured over 900 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and solutions for the utility construction industry.
Exhibits covered a record 1.5 million net sq. ft. and included the show’s signature interactive product demonstrations.
The Relationship Between the Utility Industry and The Utility Expo
The construction of utility infrastructure plays a pivotal role in modern society, offering many benefits that are indispensable to society’s well-being and progress.
At its core, modernized utility infrastructure provides reliability, ensuring a consistent provision of essential services like electricity, clean water, and Internet connectivity to homes, businesses, and industries.
This reliability, in turn, forms the foundation for economic growth by facilitating industrial production, attracting businesses, and generating employment opportunities.
Utility construction professionals look forward to going to The Utility Expo as it serves as an impressive hub for networking opportunities within the industry, fostering invaluable relationships that can drive careers and businesses forward.
Indoor exhibits at this year’s Utility Expo were a popular place for attendees to gather and network.
One attendee, Ryan W. said he enjoys attending the show so he can, “put a face to a name when talking with vendors.”
Ryan, who works for a utility company in New York also said attending the show helps his team, “… get to see what is new that will help make the job easier and safer.”
The equipment showcased by the exhibitors offered a firsthand look at the newest tools and machinery, allowing professionals to test and assess their relevance to their work. Educational sessions and workshops equipped attendees with training and certifications that elevated their skill sets and career prospects.
“By all measures, this was an outstanding Utility Expo with more to see and experience than ever before,” said Jim Glazer, The Utility Expo show chair and president of Elliott Equipment Company.
Glazer continued, “The Utility Expo is always a tremendous opportunity to make lasting industry connections and take advantage of education that helps participants continue to grow and stay competitive. At Elliott Equipment Company, we look forward to this important event for our industry where we can show off our equipment and products we offer the industry.”
The show is best known for equipment test drives and interactive product demonstrations.
“We came to The Utility Expo to see what’s new,” said Jason B., a utility contractor from North Carolina. “We want to see what we can improve on and what we can do better for our customers.”