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Mining People Magazine

The Top Construction Trade Show:

Your Quick Guide

ONEXPO-CON/AGG is North America’s biggest

construction trade show, and it comes around every

three years, maxing out the space at the massive

Las Vegas Convention Center and nearby outdoor

event space. This year’s show is March 10-14, and

it’s a lot to take in!

“We have about 2.5 million square feet of trade show space,”

says Sandra Mason, public relations director for the Association

of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), which manages the show.

“If you haven’t started breaking in your walking shoes yet, I

would recommend doing so.”

She says the show is “the place to be” for people in the

construction industry.

“If you’re looking to purchase equipment or research equipment,

here is the perfect opportunity to speak with the engineers

who put their heart and soul into making these large pieces

of equipment that will help you do your job better,” she says,

noting also the educational and networking opportunities that

the event offers.

If you’re attending the show, Mason has some tips to help you

make the most of your time there.

1. Check the Weather

At a time of year when much of the country is still shoveling

snow, it could feel like summer in Las Vegas, with temperatures

reaching into the 90s -- but it could also be chilly. The wide

variation of possible weather means it’s important to check the


“It might be something where you’re bringing sunscreen and

Chapstick, or you’re bringing mittens and a hat,” says Mason.

Either way, she says, remember it’s located in a desert: “I would

also start hydrating before you get to Vegas – a good week

or two before, start drinking extra water – and make sure you

hydrate when you’re at the show.”

2. Make a Plan

There’s no way you can see everything in one day, Mason says

– and some of the opportunities at the show require planning

ahead. Fortunately, there’s an app for that! The official show app

is the place where the most up-to-date information is uploaded

about events and by the show’s 2,800 exhibitors, and most

event details will be finalized about two weeks before the show.

“The app will give you the information you need as far as where

those types of booths or products [you want to see] or the

manufacturers of a brand are located, and then you start adding

those to your show planner,” she says.

To maximize the efficiency of your time at the conference, she

also recommends reaching out to people through the app to

schedule specific appointment times to visit booths you have a

strong interest in.

3. Be Transportation Aware

There are lots of ways to get around Las Vegas and the show,

but a car is not one of them; there’s no available parking.

Fortunately, the city has a monorail system – and a monorail

pass is included with your show badge. Of course there are also

hotel shuttle services, ride-sharing apps, and taxis.

For getting around the show itself, options include a golf cart

service and a cab service on the show grounds and a show

shuttle that travels between the festival grounds and the

convention center. And that comment Mason made about good

walking shoes: she meant it; there’s a lot of ground to cover.

4. Get Educated

With 150 education sessions focused on 10 industry-specific

tracks, CONEXPO-CON/AGG is a great place for training. The

by Debra McCown Thomas