The 2009 World of Asphalt Show & Conference and AGG1 Aggregates Forum & Expo, now being held (March 9-12) in Orlando, FL, are drawing impressive crowds and proving successful despite tough economic times:
- More than 5,500 registered attendees for the co-located shows by close of second day, March 10.
- 400 exhibitors spanning 85,900 net square feet of exhibit space at the shows to exhibit their latest technology and products (including a record number of exhibitors - up 10 percent -for World of Asphalt).
- Nearly 5,700 tickets sold for the education programs being held with the shows.
The events are taking place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
World of Asphalt and AGG1 will again co-locate in 2010, February 15-18, in Cincinnati, OH. Exhibit space sales are already underway and going well. More details will be posted on the website as available.
The combination of asphalt and aggregates was a natural fit, noted show organizers, with the industry partnership benefiting both events. The 2009 World of Asphalt experienced increased traffic, compared to the last show, with about 3,650 industry professionals in 2007. And, it was an auspicious start for the inaugural AGG1.
"The convenience and cost savings of one industry gathering place for the year made more sense than ever in this down economy, for all participants, noted Show Director Sara Truesdale Mooney.
"The mood on the show floor was cautious yet positive," she stated. "We know this is a difficult economic environment, but our attendees are looking ahead and preparing for the future. They knew they’d find the education, networking and products they need to succeed through this year and beyond to an upturn."
World of Asphalt 2009 had a record number of exhibitors – 246 taking 58,700 net square feet of exhibit space. The inaugural AGG1 show exceeded expectations with more than 154 exhibitors taking 27,200 net square feet of exhibit space. That’s a total of 400 exhibitors and 85,900 net square feet of exhibits.
"These have certainly been turbulent times, but the numbers attest to the continued industry support for and confidence in the World of Asphalt and the new AGG1," Mooney stated.