Racing Toward Indy

Three key components promise four fabulous days at the Pumper & Cleaner Expo.
Racing Toward Indy
Racing Toward Indy

See the best new equipment. Take advantage of quality educational opportunities. Enjoy networking opportunities with your peers. Those three key components keep thousands coming back to the Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo International every year.

The Expo will return to the Indiana Convention Center Feb. 24-27, 2014, again showing off the latest products and technologies in the environmental services industry, as well as providing educational seminars and roundtable discussions taught and moderated by skilled industry professionals.

“The Expo is the one place the industry gathers where you can see the best equipment available from the best manufacturers, specific educational opportunities and the chance to meet and network with others in the field from all over the world,” says Bob Kendall, co-founder of COLE Publishing and president of COLE Inc. “Those ideas have always been the backbone of the Expo.”

New seminars slated

Education opportunities are the focus of Day 1 of the 2014 Expo, and will feature presenters from the industry’s top manufacturers and associations. New to this year’s Education Day is a business-marketing seminar from Suzan Chin of Creative Raven Marketing, as well as a technical session from National Tank Truck Carrier’s John Conley, who will focus on preventing tank truck rollovers. There are educational opportunities for everyone, though, as sponsoring associations are offering over 50 sessions on Education Day. Trade organizations taking part include the National Association of Wastewater Technicians (NAWT), National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), Southern Section Collection Systems Committee (SSCSC), National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO), National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA), Waterjet Technology Association/Industrial & Municipal Cleaning Association (WJTA-IMCA), Portable Sanitation Association International (PSAI) and the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA).

Learning opportunities are available throughout the week, with educational seminars from Expo exhibitors also slated for Tuesday and Wednesday, and the Roundtable Discussions set for the Expo’s final morning. Not only can attendees gain valuable industry-specific knowledge, Expo education courses also count toward continuing education credits in many states. Visit the Expo website ( for specific information on your state.

Best equipment, best manufacturers

While the educational opportunities are immensely valuable and popular, it’s the more than 550,000 square feet of tools, trucks and technology on display that leaves an indelible mark on most attendees. Every year, products introduced at the Expo become tried and true components of many industry professionals’ toolboxes and equipment fleets.

Outdoor demos will also be back for 2014. A new concept at the 2013 Expo, demos featuring hydroexcavation, industrial vacuum trucks and CIPP lining were well-attended despite inclement weather, giving attendees yet another opportunity to learn about the newest innovations in the industry.

“It really is an opportunity to meet the people behind these products,” says Kendall. “When you’re talking about a hydroexcavating truck that costs a quarter of a million dollars, that’s a big deal.”

More than 8,418 people representing 3,730 companies attended the 2013 Expo, with 520 exhibitors nearly spilling out of the Expo hall. Expo organizers are optimistic that the 2014 Expo will be even bigger and better.

“We’re aiming for even more exhibitors in 2014,” says Julie Gensler, COLE Inc. trade show coordinator. “The interest is there. People in the industry know this is the place to be.”

The list of exhibitors is continually updated on the Expo website, which you can also use to preview the educational sessions, study the interactive floor plan, plan your itinerary and search for hotel rooms. Several hotels boasting more than 4,900 guest rooms are directly connected to the convention center. Rooms are booking fast, though, so it’s best not to wait.

“Indy has the most connected downtown you can find,” says Kendall. “Once you get there, you can stay inside, and everything you need is within a short walk. It’s the perfect location for an industry convention. All you have to do is get there.”

Networking opportunities

While many attendees will spend their time roaming the Expo hall, attending education sessions and networking, Indy is also extremely family friendly, with several museums, entertainment venues and shopping opportunities, along with hundreds of restaurants within a short walking distance of the Convention Center. In fact, the number of industry professionals who base their annual family vacation around the Expo continues to grow each year.

Of course, no Expo week is complete without the annual Industry Appreciation Party, moving to Wednesday evening for the first time. In 2014, in addition to popular 25-cent tap beer, up-and-coming country music crooner Lee Brice will perform at the JW Marriott Hotel, connected to the Convention Center. The concert is free to all Expo attendees with full registration.

“Wednesday is always the heaviest attended day of the Expo,” says Kendall. “Moving the Industry Appreciation Party to Wednesday made sense. It will give more attendees the chance to attend and let loose a little.”

The 2014 Expo is shaping up to be another great four days. More surprises are in store, so hop onto the website and check out the constantly evolving schedule of events. Whether your goal is to check out the new innovations in the industry, educate yourself, meet your contemporaries or all of the above, you’ll be glad you visited the 2014 Expo.

Early registration costs just $30 per person until Nov. 15; $50 until Jan. 24. At-the-door registration is $70 for the full program. To find out more, visit or call 866/933-2653.


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