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Feb. 1, 2023
ConExpo-Con/Agg continues to grow

At this point, perhaps we should ask: How much bigger can ConExpo-Con/Agg get?

The event, which is organized by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and is held every three years, is already the biggest trade show in North America. The 2020 edition was the largest show to date — until now, of course.

ConExpo-Con/Agg runs from March 14-18, 2023, at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Festival Grounds, and it will be 5% larger in square footage than the 2020 show.

AEM announced that all available exhibit space has been sold out. Since the 2020 show, the Las Vegas Convention Center and Festival Grounds has upgraded its facilities. It added a 1.4 million-square-foot West Hall exhibit area and the Diamond Lot, thus allowing ConExpo/Agg to be even bigger this year.

The answer to the question, “How much bigger can ConExpo-Con/Agg get,” may just be: as big as the space where it’s held allows.

This is the first ConExpo-Con/Agg since President Biden signed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) into law. Enthusiasm within the industry hasn’t been this high in a generation. As of December 16, AEM reported that attendee pre-registration for 2023’s show was nearly double what it was for 2020, when ConExpo-Con/Agg closed a day early due to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Just think how big the show might become in 2026, when IIJA funding has hit each state and road and bridge projects are rolling along.

Recent additions to the Las Vegas Convention Center will make it easier to move around, as well. The Convention Center Loop, an underground transportation system designed by Elon Musk’s The Boring Co., runs beneath the entire campus. It is free of charge and transports attendees throughout the convention in under two minutes in Tesla vehicles.

Still, you might want to wear comfortable shoes because of all the walking. And don’t forget to stop by our booth! R&B

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