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AGG1 – a Huge Success in Third Year session tickets were purchased for the 52 classes offered. Approximately 8% of Academy tickets were purchased on-site due to the popularity of this year’s “Drive-In” package bundle designed for the AGG1 attendee driving or flying in for one day. “In our opinion, the AGG1 Academy continues to improve every year since its initiation in Orlando in 2009. In discussions with many of our producer customers and our internal associates, most of these seminar sessions were well attended and beneficial information was taken from them,” noted Joe Vig, P.E., group vice president, Astec AggReCon Group. The expo show floor was sold out and more than 32,000 square feet of exhibit space was taken by 155 exhibitors. “To see this type of support for AGG1 through exhibitor space purchase says a lot,” noted NSSGA 2011-2012 Chairman of the Board Dave Thomey, speaking to the support shown for AGG1 by the members of NSSGA’s Manufacturers and Services Division. Exhibitor Feedback Registrants have been sent surveys – the results of which we look forward to seeing. But just in walking the aisles, and in talking with NSSGA members, I saw a great response to the show. According to Caterpillar’s Mike Hinrichsen, “The Charlotte location proved to be a great location to attract producers and paving contractors from several states away. We, in fact, had dealers participate from as far away as the Northeast and stated the show was well worth their time. Combined with the World of Asphalt, this continues to serve the industry well in a costeffective way. We at Caterpillar look forward to participating in San Antonio next year. Thank you NSSGA.” by Rick Feltes, Lafarge Chairman of AGG1 Management Committee IT MAY SEEM CLICHÉ from our AGG1 promotional materials, but I truly believe Americans have always been about innovation and creativity – and that spirit was clearly on display at AGG1 2012 and at the AGG1 Academy in Charlotte, N.C., March 13 – 15. Aggregates producers, manufacturers and service providers came together to positively impact the industry’s business by showcasing their newest products and services on the exhibit floor and by providing educational leadership to the AGG1 Academy. Once again, AGG1 was an obvious success, especially for an event still in its relative infancy. The exhibit aisles were packed and the education sessions were well-attended with enthusiastic instructors and eager industry students. While these numbers are preliminary, we’re proud to report that registration totaled 3,335. More than 30.7% were company presidents/owners, vice presidents, general managers or chief financial officers, and all together more than 86.6% percent of registrants were in managerial roles. Additionally, registrants came from all 50 states, all 10 Canadian provinces and more than 50 other countries worldwide. (NSSGA hosted an International Roundtable of National Aggregates Associations for six of those worldwide countries.) Along with show registrants, AGG1 Academy sessions have grown in popularity. A total of nearly 2,200 education Enthusiastic crowds break records at the 2012 AGG1 and World of Asphalt. Florian Festge, president of W.S. Tyler Canada added, “We don’t offer standard products, so our direct contact to the final customer is a great necessity to us. We enjoy the face time with our customers and clients, and the benefits of seeing our customers in person at shows like AGG1 is invaluable to us. We were also very fortunate to walk away with several new projects and rekindle a few old ones. However, the greatest takeaway was that we were very encouraged by the large sense of optimism within the aggregate industry. It had been some time since we felt that.” Bill Wetta of Dredging Supply Company notes, “DSC announced our booth exhibit at AGG1 in Charlotte to key customers through emails and telephone calls. On the floor we were able to meet with more than 10 current and/or potential customers. This large number of decision makers in such close proximity is unparalleled; multiple sales trips and thousands of additional dollars would be required to singularly match this. Additionally, the DSC show staff was able to visit with peers, catch up on the latest trends and broaden their knowledge through the AGG1 Academy. STONE, SAND & GRAVEL REVIEW, www.nssga.org 19 http://www.nssga.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Stone, Sand and Gravel Review - May/June 2012

Events Calendar
Legislative & Regulatory Calendar
Meet Your 2012 Chairman Ron Summers
The American Spirit : Industry Leaders Gather in Charlotte
American Ingenuity : AGG1- A Huge Sucess in Third Year
A Review of the Contruction Aggregates Market
Presidential Candidates Spotlight
ROCKPAC Raises More than $450,000
NSSGA@Work
Rip & Share
Products & Services Guide
Index of Advertisers / Advertiser.com

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