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CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 still a success, despite COVID-19 concerns


March 16, 2020
By Andrew Snook

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A 3D-printed statue of a female construction worker was unveiled during the opening ceremonies at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020. Andrew Snook

It was certainly a year like no other for CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 in Las Vegas. Concerns around COVID-19 – officially declared a pandemic in the midst of the show – certainly impacted the attendance numbers (official attendance numbers have not been released as of yet) and it had many exhibitors and attendees concerned. 

There was enough concern that show organizers AEM sent out a press release on the Thursday of show stating that CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 would be shut down one day early.

That said, the majority of exhibitors at the show were very happy with the attendees.

“Despite the lighter attendance, we’re still seeing great quality attendees come through,” said Sean McLanahan, president and CEO of McLanahan Corporation, during his company’s press event. “We’re still having a good quality show.”

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That sentiment was echoed by many exhibitors throughout the show.

“We’re extremely pleased with the turnout of exhibitors,” said Domenic Ruccolo, CEO of the Wirtgen Group.

Several exhibitors mentioned that concerns surrounding the virus scared away all the “tire kickers” and left just the serious customers to speak with about their latest technologies, and that was fine by them.

Speaking of new technologies, there were plenty to see at the show.

Here are a few of the highlights.

Look for the full CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 report in the March/April issue of Rock to Road!