Held in March at the Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014 was crowned the largest trade show in the United States with nearly 130,000 attendees in four days, making this the second highest attendance in its history, according to Exhibit City News. An estimated 2,400 exhibitors were spread across three main indoor halls, as well as six outdoor parking lots, which allowed manufactures to showcase and demonstrate equipment, products, and services. 

In Central Hall, exhibitor Astec Industries Inc. and its family of companies created a buzz for RAP (reclaimed asphalt pavement) and showcased its equipment for asphalt road building and aggregate processing. 

astec employees at conexpo booth
Staff from Astec Industries’ family of companies ready to greet and meet with booth visitors from around the globe.

Steve Claude, executive vice president of Astec, Inc., commented on the trade show: “Astec, Inc. was extremely pleased with the terrific attendance our booth received during the entire show, and felt the turnout was the strongest we had witnessed in quite a few years. Not only were we able to see many of our key customers, but we were also fortunate enough to meet a number of new customers, both domestically and internationally.”

Claude continued: “We also used ConExpo to launch our ‘Zero to One Hundred Percent RAP Plant lineup,’ combining existing and newly designed technologies we produce from either our Astec, Inc. or Dillman facilities. The message we wanted to convey to our customers was we offer the industry’s most comprehensive lineup of hot-mix asphalt plants.Overall, we were very pleased with the show and the feedback our customers gave us and we support this comprehensive lineup with our outstanding after-sales service, technical and engineering teams. In other words, we offer our customers the “complete package.” 

According to Malcolm Swanson, president of Astec, Inc., RAP usage continues to increase as a way for producers to keep costs down while utilizing stockpiles of reclaimed asphalt pavement. To meet this need, Astec, Inc. increased the ability of its signature Double Barrel® drum dryer/mixer to handle up to 65 percent RAP. A 1/8-scale model of the new Astec Double Barrel HR was on display at ConExpo. 

“The Double Barrel HR (high RAP) is a key product in the Astec line. It fulfills a need for those producers who already run high percentages of RAP and in whose markets the trend toward running more recycle is expected to increase,” said Swanson.