ICUEE - the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition is held biennially. The next show will be held October 6 - 8, 2009 at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky USA.
New for 2009 is the co-location of the National Rural Water Association's (NRWA) new H2O-XPO exposition, targeting water and wastewater utility equipment and products. NRWA will also hold its 2009 annual conference in conjunction with H2O-XPO and ICUEE. The H2O-XPO co-location with ICUEE provides a broader spectrum of attendee-exhibitor networking and learning opportunities as well as increased efficiencies for participants in both events.
ICUEE 2009 is expected to attract 850 exhibitors taking 1.18 million net square feet (109,622 square meters) of indoor and outdoor exhibit space (equivalent to more than 27 acres/11 hectares). Equipment displayed includes but is not limited to: all-terrain carriers, attachments, components, earthmoving, environmental, light, overhead and maintenance, material handling, recycling, safety, testing, transportation, trenching, trenchless, trucks, and utility materials/supplies. The co-located H2O-XPO is expected to add another 150-plus exhibitors using 60,000 net square feet of exhibit space (equivalent to 7,432 square meters/1 3/4 acres/3/4 hectare).
The field demonstration concept was developed in 1964 as a means of solving an equipment evaluation and communications problem. Illinois Bell invited 12 trencher manufacturers to demonstrate equipment on the same day in the same field. In the summer of 1966, the show was recreated on a more formal basis and continued to grow in 1969 and 1972. Manufacturers of many kinds of equipment from across the country were invited to turn the farmland near Elburn, Illinois into a productive 3-day utility equipment show. The event moved to the DuPage County Fairgrounds for the 1975 and 1977 shows. The show grew to such a level that Illinois Bell could no longer manage it. The show was turned over to a professional management firm in 1978 and moved to Kansas City for the 1979 show, and then to Louisville, Kentucky starting in 1987. AEM had provided industry direction and in the late 1980s became show owner and producer.