April 9, 2014 - Despite several days of relentless snow, ice and rain making show preparations quite challenging, the 2014 edition of the Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show went full steam ahead April 3rd and 4th at the Moncton Coliseum.
By Carey Fredericks
April 9, 2014 – Despite several days of relentless snow, ice and rain
making show preparations quite challenging, the 2014 edition of the
Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show went full steam ahead April 3rd and 4th at
the Moncton Coliseum.
This marked the 15th edition of the show and it was bigger than ever, filling the entire Coliseum Complex, plus 80,000 square feet of outdoor exhibit space. All the major players in the heavy equipment, road building, forestry, and logging sectors from across Atlantic Canada and beyond were represented.
“Visitors were a bit apprehensive to venture out after the storm,” said National Show Manager Mark Cusack, “but the numbers were steady throughout Thursday, and Friday ended up being a banner day. The crowds began early and the line-ups were continuous until late in the day.”
Cusack reported that Friday’s turnout was the single largest one-day tally in the history of the show. Total attendance over the two days of the Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show came in at 13,877.
New features for the 2014 edition of this biennial show included the Innovative Product Showcase, allowing show visitors to get a sneak peek of the many exciting products exhibitors would be bringing to the show, as well as a new “Recruiting Here” feature that had exhibitors looking to hire skilled workers display signage at the show. This feature was sponsored by Maizis & Miller, Recruitment Specialists.
Exhibitors reported sales and solid leads coming out of this year’s show, and many have already rebooked for the 2016 edition. We next look forward to the Pacific Heavy Equipment Show and TRUXPO, taking place September 19-20, 2014 in Abbotsford, BC, as well as the National Heavy Equipment Show taking place in 2015 in Mississauga, ON.