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World of Asphalt celebrates 20th anniversary in style

April 12, 2022  By Adam Freill / OnSite

Photo courtesy of the World of Asphalt.

AGG1 and World of Asphalt’s 20th anniversary saw asphalt paving and aggregates professionals fill a sold-out Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. to take in specialized exhibits and product unveilings, to find out about the latest educational offerings, and to learn about the latest innovations in the asphalt and aggregates industries.

Held in late March, this year marked the fourth return of World of Asphalt to Nashville, and the largest iteration of the show in the Music City ever, with more than 440 companies spread across more than 193,000 net square feet of the Music City Center.

Edgar Chavez, North American President of ALLU Group, says their team had a successful exhibit.

“This is our first time attending World of Asphalt,” said Chavez. “During the first day we had more than 15 qualified leads with $250,000 in orders. This is a great show with a targeted audience. We will definitely be back next time.”


“We’re so proud of the teams that came together to put this event together after the longest hiatus in its history,” said Brittany Weltcheff, show manager for World of Asphalt. “As a result, we were able to bring together more than a record-breaking 11,400 asphalt paving and aggregates professionals to learn, experience everything that’s new and important in our industries.”

Audrey Copeland, president and CEO of NAPA, majority-owner of World of Asphalt, echoed Weltcheff’s comments.

“The last time World of Asphalt and AGG1 came to Nashville, in 2016, we sold approximately 150,000 net square feet of space in the Music City Center,” she said. “The fact that we were able to use every single square foot of exhibit space the Music City Center had to offer this time, while safely bringing the manufacturers and end users together, speaks volumes about the strength of the asphalt paving industry.”

“The record-breaking attendance at this AGG1 Academy & Expo and the co-located World of Asphalt shows the enthusiasm of the aggregates industry to be back in-person again,” said National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association president and CEO Michael Johnson. “Each day the tradeshow floor and educational opportunities have been fully attended. We are thrilled to provide this top-notch experience for our exhibitors and attendees as we return to fully in-person events.”

“The networking opportunities at World of Asphalt are invaluable for attendees and fellow exhibitors,” said Kevin Kelly, NAPA lifetime member and 2022 chair of World of Asphalt. “We pride ourselves on being able to provide the kinds of connections to our members that help them grow their businesses and careers, and those connections can only come at events like World of Asphalt.”

With CONEXPO-CON/AGG being held in 2023, World of Asphalt will take a year off but will return to Nashville and the Music City Center from March 25 to 27, 2024.

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