Landscape & Irrigation

November/December 2017

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6 November/December 2017 Landscape and Irrigation VIEWPOINT Editor John Kmitta | EPG Media & Specialty Information 10405 6th Ave. N., Ste 210 Plymouth, MN 55441 EDITORIAL STAFF Group Publisher David Voll Associate Publisher, Editor John Kmitta (763) 383-4405 Products Editor Steve Noe (763) 383-4407; fax (763) 383-4499; PRODUCTION TEAM Art Director Phil Tippin Production Manager Angela Scott ACCOUNT REPRESENTATIVES: EAST Chris Pelikan Senior Account Manager (763) 383-4408 MIDWEST Peggy Tupper Senior Account Manager (763) 383-4429 WEST Leslie Palmer Senior Account Manager (763) 383-4460 DIRECT MAIL LIST SALES MeritDirect, Jim Scova, (914) 368-1012 REPRINT SERVICE Robin Cooper, CIRCULATION For subscription inquiries and customer service questions, please call (763) 383-4491, or fax (763) 383-4497 business hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST Publisher's Notice: We assume no responsibility for the validity of advertising claims in connection with items appearing in this issue. Commercial product names are used for the convenience of the reader. Mention of a commercial product does not imply endorsement by EPG Media & Specialty Information, or preference over similar products not mentioned. GIE+EXPO bigger, better, and still growing GIE+EXPO is big…I mean, really big. And big is probably not even the best adjective to do justice to the size and scope of this show. I have been going to Louisville to cover GIE+EXPO (or, prior to that, the International Lawn, Garden and Power Equipment Expo) since 2001, and this year's event exceeded all others. As we were about to go to press with this issue, we received confi rmation that GIE+EXPO 2017 topped the last three years' records in both attendance and exhibitors. More than 24,000 people from around the world represented a 7-percent increase over 2016. Over the last four years GIE+EXPO has averaged a 12-percent increase in total attendance. There were more than 1,005 exhibits indoors and out at GIE+EXPO and the co-located Hardscape North America, and exhibit space grew 9 percent. If you haven't been to GIE+EXPO, you don't know what you are missing. From the educational content to the exhibit hall to the outdoor demonstration area and even the nighttime concerts on Fourth Street Live!, there is almost too much to see and do during the three-day event. From an editorial standpoint alone, GIE+EXPO is chock full of press conferences, product introductions, equipment demonstrations, educational opportunities, networking and more. The Hardscape North America (HNA) event, which co-locates with GIE+EXPO, was the largest ever with an increase in pre-registrations and 57 new exhibitors. In all, more than 170 new and returning exhibitors fi lled the entire North Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center. According to Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, there were some concerns coming into 2017 based on the attendance fi gures at recent ICUEE and ConExpo shows. But those fears were for naught as GIE+EXPO was bigger than the previous year for the sixth year running. According to Kiser, 2018 is going to be even bigger. Because of the show's continued growth, a new format will be implemented in 2018, allowing contractors an extra day on the show fl oor and possibly the opportunity to demo all three days (specifi cs regarding outdoor demo hours are still being determined). Starting next year, Dealer Day on the show floor will begin at noon on Wednesday (as opposed to 3 p.m. in 2017 and previous years). As a result, the indoor show floor will open exclusively for dealers, retailers and the media at noon. Then, beginning at 3 p.m. and continuing Thursday and Friday, the entire industry will be invited to visit the exhibits. "GIE+EXPO continues to be the industry's gathering place," Kiser stated. "We've heard the contractors asking for an additional day to visit exhibits and demo equipment, and that attendee category continues to grow. So, in 2018 we're giving them access to the show fl oor on Wednesday." But before we look too far ahead, we want to provide you with a look back at GIE+EXPO 2017. Beginning on page 10 is our annual GIE+EXPO Post-show Recap. It highlights some of the key announcements, as well as a host of new products and services introduced at the show. With an event this size, there is more than we can pack into these pages, so be sure to check out in the coming weeks for more news, products and photos from the industry's biggest event.

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