CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020: How to Future-Proof Your Business

CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020, the largest trade show in North America for construction, concrete, aggregates, asphalt, earthmoving, lifting, mining, utilities and related industries is just weeks away from opening. More than 2.5 million square feet of equipment and technology will be on display in Las Vegas, Nevada from March 10-14.

The expanded footprint this year connects the Las Vegas Convention Center with the Las Vegas Festival Grounds, giving attendees ten different areas to explore the latest equipment directly from the manufacturers and suppliers, as well as the latest product innovations and knowledge resources to help your business grow.

Attending CONEXPO-CON/AGG is an excellent way to future-proof your business.  By learning not only what’s new in the industry, but how new ideas and technology are likely to be implemented, you can be ready for every opportunity that can approach your organization, and create new opportunities of your own by relaying the information on new ideas to your clients. 

If implementing automated grade control can speed up your project delivery, or drone imaging can open up new creative avenues, or 3D printing can create entirely new opportunities, your project proposals are likely to get more attention.  If you can learn about all the newest opportunities and ideas in one spot from people who understand your business, like you can at CONEXPO-CON/AGG, you can dramatically speed up that timeline.

Best of all, you have the opportunity to talk with your peers, and meet and share stories with others in your industry from around the world.  There’s no better way to learn about new product features or understand the latest benefits than from other contractors who work in your same field and know exactly what your challenges and opportunities might be.

“With all of the opportunities for the global construction industry in 2020, there has hardly been a more important time to experience and understand the latest technology at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020,” said Dana Wuesthoff, Show Director for CONEXPO-CON/AGG.  “With the global construction and materials handling businesses looking to continue expansion, and a growing demand for automated solutions, seeing what’s out there in person, and in a way that better facilitates deeper understanding, is crucial to continued business success.”

CONEXPO-CON/AGG’s comprehensive education program is the leading source for contractors, business owners, construction material producers, and end-users to obtain cutting-edge information for today’s economy and business models. Education is grouped into ten tracks to help attendees find just the right topics that meet their needs.  Areas include aggregates, asphalt, concrete, cranes, rigging and aerial lifts, earthmoving and site development, equipment management and maintenance, business best practices, safety, technology solutions, and recruiting talent.

Returning for its second year is the award-winning CONEXPO-CON/AGG Tech Experience, featuring technology for modern mobility, sustainability and smart cities.  Whether creating transportation systems that move products and people to meet tomorrow’s demands, designing buildings and cities with social, economic, and environmental impact in mind, or creating urban areas incorporating electronic data to efficiently manage assets and resources, The Tech Experience has a lot for everyone to learn.

That includes a competition called “The Future Cities Contest: The Next Generation of Cities,” and a discussion of trends in Liquid Cities (like Seattle), Crystal Cities (like Chicago and Miami) and Gas Cities (like London and Paris).  The Tech Experience also features presentations including a “Crash Course on 3D Printing of Concrete Structures,” “Gadgets in Construction” and “Using Technology to Engage the Next Generation Workforce and Create New Jobs.”

Workforce development is a major focus at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020, where a dedicated Workforce Solutions Area debuts this year.  The Workforce Solutions Area will serve as a demonstration space to showcase best practices for recruitment into manufacturing and the trades.  Showcasing tools and strategies to generate hands-on engagement for attendees’ recruitment arsenal, the Workforce Solutions Area aims to spread ideas that contractors and manufacturers can bring home to promote careers at their shop and our industry.

“There is a fantastic workforce development trailer with seventeen trade skills demonstrated that AGC Arkansas will be showcasing,” said Julie Davis, Workforce Development Director for AEM. “They believe that it is the absolute best recruitment and industry-perception influencing thing they have done in their state, and it’s targeted on building a youth workforce pipeline.”

While you’re there, make sure to see the International Fluid Power Exposition (IFPE), especially during the IFPE Fluid Power Hour, presented by Bosch Rexroth, running Wednesday, March 11, from 4 until 6 p.m., the first-ever cocktail networking reception for engineers and decision-makers on the show floor.  IFPE has all the latest technology in the hydraulic and pneumatic spaces that make construction equipment work, and work better.

“This is something we’re very excited about,” said IFPE show director John Rozum. “Fluid power is what allows equipment to bring the landscape-shaping ideas people have to reality.  Getting more people engaged with the latest technology in hydraulics and pneumatics is going to allow more people to bring more amazing ideas to life.”

While you’re waiting for your plane to Vegas to take off, make sure to check out the CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio podcast Contractor Conversations, available on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and all the other major podcast spots.  Hosted by Missy Scherber, get a contractor’s-eye perspective on everything from implementing new technologies on the jobsite, to recruiting new team members, strategies for equipment maintenance, solving supply chain hurdles, and more!

Coming in mid-February, the CONEXPO-CON/AGG mobile app will become available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.  The CONEXPO-CON/AGG app will have the most up-to-date maps, and will help you plan your show experience so you can make sure to see everything you came for!

It’s never been more important for industry professionals to focus on what the future may bring by attending trade shows, conferences and other education opportunities. CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 will help you more effectively navigate today and prepare for tomorrow.

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About the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM):

AEM ( is the North America-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 in the United States supports 1.3 million jobs and contributes roughly $159 billion to the economy every year.


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 10-14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information on CONEXPO-CON/AGG, visit