April-May 2013 • North American Quarry News • Page 20
NSSGA hosts 2013 AGG-1 in San Antonio by Jon M. Casey
For the more than 6000 attendees who visited the 2013 AGG-1 Aggregates Academy and Expo in San Antonio, Texas on March 19-21, there was an air of enthusiasm that seems to have been missing at industry trades shows of this kind for the past several years. Hosted by the National Stone Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) and produced by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the event held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, featured a wide range of aggregate related equipment, products and services with trade exhibits that incorporated the latest in technology. As a co-event, the World of Asphalt Show and Conference, owned by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), the two shows made an ideal compliment for one another, for show goers looking to gather new ideas about equipment and methods. “We’ve received excellent positive feedback on the shows’ value to bring together so many qualified buyers and sellers in one place, and for the networking and dialog with peers from across North America and internationally,” stated Show Manager Rich Prausa. Attendees enjoyed a number of educational opportunities as more than 8,400 tickets were sold for sessions held each day. “Savvy industry professionals realize the importance of keeping up to date with industry best practices if they want their businesses to stay on top; they know AGG1 and World of Asphalt education programs are industry developed and presented,” Prausa stated. Industry support amplifies the shows’ networking and knowledge sharing. The co-located groups and meetings included Association of Modified Asphalt Producers, Oklahoma Asphalt Pavement Association, Rubber Pavements Association and Texas Asphalt Pavement Association. More than 25 industry organizations were official supporters of World of Asphalt and AGG1 2013, and the shows are industry owned and operated. With nearly 400 exhibitors offering their goods and services at this year’s trade exposition, the upbeat mood was an encouragement of things to come this year. “AGG1 was a great experience for our company,” said Josh Swank of Philippi-Hagenbuch. “We were able to see long time customers such as Rod Martin of Martin Stone Quarries of Bechtelsville, PA. We were excited to hear how our tailgates are operating in his operation. We also met new people within the industry. It’s exciting to feel the “energy” return to aggregates!” Karen Thompson, president of WS Tyler Canada, agreed. She was excited to participate in what she described as a very busy AGG1 event. She said that the introduction of their mobile Hydro-Clean system at this year’s show, was a big success for WS Tyler. New products, like Sandvik’s Prisec™ impact crushers and PHOENIX Process Equipment’s Bucket Wheel Dewatering technology, grabbed the attention of producers who are looking to make changes in their operations in the near future. Volvo’s introduction of their P7110 series of pavers and the new DD110B compactor, gave attendees the feeling that an industry resurgence is coming soon and already here in some locales. AGG 1 is owned by the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA). World of Asphalt is owned by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), NSSGA and Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). AEM produces both shows. The next edition of World of Asphalt and AGG1 will be held in March 2015 in Baltimore, MD. The shows are held annually except in CONEXPO-CON/AGG years (such as 2014), with that show spotlighting the exhibitors and products of World of Asphalt and AGG1. For more information, go online to www.worldofasphalt.com and www.agg1.org.
Doug Lambert of TEREX Mineral Processing Systems, offers aggregate processing equipment for every application.
Stu Gamble of Sandvik, Construction, is a familiar face at AGG-1.
Paul McCaffery, sales representative for TEREX Finlay, stands next to one of their latest tracked models.
McLanahan's Stephen Shortsleeve sands next to a dewatering screen on display in the McLanahan exhibit.
Robert Nelson (L) and Sean Donaghy (R) with IROCK offer portable crushing and screening equipment for a variety of applications.
Karen Thompson and Michael Honea of W.S. Tyler offer the latest in screening systems for aggregate producers.
North American Quarry News April / May 2013