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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
“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