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CONEXPO-CON/AGG, The Utility Expo Take Home 2021 TSNN Award Top Honors

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)-owned trade shows CONEXPO-CON/AGG and The Utility Expo recently took home Best of Technology and Savvy Marketing Campaign awards, respectively, at The Trade Show News Network’s (TSNN) 2021 TSNN Awards.

In addition, CONEXPO-CON/AGG finished as a finalist in the Created a Communality category. TSNN is the online information resource for the exhibitions and events industry, and it ranks the top trade shows in the United States by exhibit space size. Its annual TSNN Awards, held earlier this month Uncasville, Connecticut, recognize the top trade shows and trade show organizers for their success and innovation.

"We are committed to broadening the ways in which we connect brands with their customers in an effort to enhance our best-in-class face-to-face exhibitions," said AEM Senior Vice President of Exhibitions and Marketing Nicole Hallada. "These awards serve as a testament to the hard work and accomplishments put forth by our talented staff to – through a variety of strategies and tactics – benefit our show stakeholders more than ever before.”

Best Use of Technology Award – CONEXPO-CON/AGG’s Scout

A highlight at CONEXPO-CON/AGG’s Tech Experience in 2020 was the unveiling of the world’s largest 3D-printed statue to honor the growing role women play in the construction industry. AEM worked with Wauwatosa, Wisconsin-based artist Anna Benjamin – who put in nearly 400 hours of design work in a CAD software – to emulate a female construction worker that would complement the style of the other two male construction worker statues on display at the show grounds in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“It meant so much to us to be able to recognize the important and growing role women play in construction today, and unveiling Scout gave us the opportunity to symbolically represent all the women who work hard to build our world and serve as ambassadors for our industry,” said CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 Show Director Dana Wuesthoff.

The statute is 30 feet high and weighs 2,800 pounds. Fifty-five 3D printers took a total of 10, 220 hours to 3D print 365 individual parts.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 featured a record 2.7 million-plus net square feet of exhibits and 2,300-plus exhibitors from the manufacturers across the United States and around the world, along with more than 130,000 show registrations.

Savvy Marketing Campaign – The Utility Expo Rebranding

The decision to roll out a new, all-inclusive name – The Utility Expo – in 2020 reflected the commitment of show planners to provide an event that introduced professionals from all utility sectors to the new equipment, ideas and innovations they need – all in one place.

The 2021 installment of The Utility Expo was the largest in the show's history, with more than 900 companies spread across more than 1.4 million net square feet (32-plus acres) of the Kentucky Exhibition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

“We were thrilled to bring the utility industry back together in a big way in Louisville this past fall,” said Utility Expo Show Director John Rozum. “The Utility Expo has grown to become the leading utility event and one of the largest exhibitions of any industry in the United States. And while the name has changed, what hasn’t is our commitment to ensuring the show remains the gathering place for the utility, both now and in the years to come.”


About AEM

AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers, with more than 1,000 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related industry sectors worldwide. The equipment manufacturing industry supports 2.8 million jobs in the U.S. Equipment manufacturers also contribute $288 billion a year to the U.S. economy.


Held every three years, CONEXPO-CON/AGG is the must-attend event for construction industry professionals. The show features the latest equipment, products, services and technologies for the construction industry, as well as industry-leading education. The next CONEXPO-CON/AGG will be held March 14-18, 2023 in Las Vegas. Visit for details.

About The Utility Expo

The Utility Expo is the largest event for utility professionals and construction contractors seeking comprehensive insights into the latest industry technologies, innovations, and trends. The biennial trade show, known for equipment test drives and interactive product demonstrations, will return to Louisville’s Kentucky Exposition Center Sept. 26-28, 2023. To learn more, visit