Ontario Construction Report staff writer
The National Heavy Equipment Show will take place March 5 to 6, 2015 at the International Centre in Mississauga.
The fourteenth instalment of this biennial event – the largest heavy equipment show in the country – will showcase cutting-edge products, feature big machine displays, and demonstrations from leaders in the heavy equipment and construction industries.
“The Government of Canada has committed more than $50 billion over the next 10 years to build roads, bridges, subways, and other types of public infrastructure,” said national show manager Mark Cusak. “This show will see key decision makers and purchasers out in full force to get the machinery required for these much-needed infrastructure upgrades.”
He says Ontario’s infrastructure sector is thriving. Although the show has a national focus, its Ontario location coupled with the industry’s healthy activity, means the event will be sold out by February, despite its increased capacity.
“The International Centre has been undergoing some renovations that have made it gorgeous and open and bright,” Cusak said. “It has opened up 30 to 40 additional booth spaces.”
The show, which typically attracts 12,000 visitors over its two days, is a purely business-to-business event, says Cusack.
This Thursday and Friday show is not a “bring the kids to see the big machines” event, but rather one focused on associations, municipalities and industry professionals. “Various associations typically hold their own member-events here as well.”
Cusack says the show will be housed in multiple halls at the International Centre. Hall five, a massive, column-free structure will house the gravel pit and snow and ice pavilion; a new feature added at the 2013 show. “This pavilion will house all the monster machines – the 40-ton crushing and screening machines, sanders and the largest plows in the show.”
Other highlights of the 2015 show include the Top 10 under 40, recognizing outstanding individuals in the roadbuilding and aggregate industry.
Meanwhile, Recruiting Here provides an opportunity for exhibitors and job seekers to connect in a one-stop shop venue. “Recruiting is growing at all of the shows,” he said. “There is such a need for mechanics and owner-operators. In 2013 we had more than 50 companies with a human resources component attend.”
Roadside safety will be highlighted, including signage and impact-reducing vehicles.. Cusack says the provincial government will have a safety booth and Call Before you Dig will also be represented.
You can register for the show and obtain additional information at www.nhes.ca.