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This past March, the 2015 World of
Asphalt Show and Conference drew asphalt
professionals from around the world. More
than 7,600 attendees registered, hailing
from all 50 states, nine out of 10 Canadian
provinces, and more than 50 other
countries. The show's 110 educational
sessions sold more than 9,000 tickets.
The show's exhibit hall also had a recordbreaking 450 exhibitors covering 135,000
square feet of floor space.
For three days, colleagues in the asphalt
industry networked, talked to vendors
about new equipment and technologies,
and attended top-notch education sessions
covering a wide array of asphalt topics.
The Birth of Something Big
I remember when World of Asphalt was
just an inkling of an idea. It was 1998.
NAPA, representing the asphalt paving
industry, and the Construction Industry
Manufacturers Association - now the
Association of Equipment Manufacturers
(AEM) - with its broad experience in
running trade shows, began to brainstorm
a concept that would bring all sectors of the
asphalt industry together and provide real
value as a trade show and educational event.
At the time, a very successful ConExpoCon/Agg already existed, running every
three years. The two years between each
ConExpo were open, and the industry was
hungry for an industry-wide event. Since
that time, World of Asphalt has brought
the industry together 10 times in the past
14 years, and has continued to grow and
provide value to the asphalt industry.
The first World of Asphalt was held in
conjunction with NAPA's 2001 Annual
Meeting in Orlando. Its first chairman was
John Spangler of Milestone Contractors.
With the World of Asphalt Management
Committee, including AEM, Spangler and
his committee created a vision for World
of Asphalt that included the People, Plants
and Paving (PPP) education program, a
trade show, and various bolt-on meetings
and conferences. This first event included
a live paving demo in the hotel property's
parking lot. With 3,200 attendees, 91
exhibitors, and 1,500 PPP tickets sold, the
industry showed a real interest for more
World of Asphalt events.
The next World of Asphalt was a standalone conference and show in 2003.
Wayne Evans of Hubbard Construction
was appointed World of Asphalt
chairman. It was held in Nashville and
is often remembered for the live paving
demo that was held on a city street;
however, the big news in 2003 was the
jump in PPP education tickets by more
than 50 percent to 2,393. World of
Asphalt was meeting a demand for more
asphalt industry education.
In 2004, PPP education tickets
continued to grow to more than 3,100.
Held in Nashville, the show was historic as
it brought the first warm-mix production
and paving demo to the United States.
It was a pivotal moment for the asphalt
Starting in 2006, Rick Moore of
Lehman-Roberts was appointed World
of Asphalt chairman. He has held
this position ever since. Through his
leadership, the show and conference has
continued to meet the demands of the
industry, co-locating with conferences
including Agg1, the Association of
Modified Asphalt Producers, State Asphalt
Pavement Association meetings, the
Rubber Pavements Association, NE Asphalt
Users' Group, Asphalt Paving Conference
and others; hosting the FHWA Mobile
Asphalt Testing laboratory; supplementing
asphalt pavement education with
environmental, health and safety
education sessions; OSHA construction
safety courses; Spanish for asphalt
contractors, and more.
Of these co-located conferences, one
that has added an additional boost in
educational seminars and trade show
exhibitors is Agg1, presented by the
National Stone Sand & Gravel Association.
The 2009 World of Asphalt/Agg1
Conference and Show was the first year of
our collaboration and continues today.
World of Asphalt
grow to meet
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