Compact Equipment

OCT 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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50 Compact Equipment OCTOBER 2018 J ust like its green industry at- tendees, GIE+EXPO continues to find ways to make things grow. With the combination of new Wednesday hours, ever-evolving educational tracks, in - creased exhibitors and awesome en- tertainment, the biggest lawn and landscape show in America is shaping up to maybe be even bigger than the last three record-setting years. The an - nual trade show, held in Louisville, is set for October 17-19 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Online registration is available at gie-expo.com. Attendees can expect to see more new products than ever as the num- ber of new exhibitors at GIE+EXPO and the co-located Hardscape North America increases each year. In ad- dition, the Outdoor Demonstration Area, which offers the opportunity to test new products from both shows, is expected to meet or exceed last years' record-breaking 20 acres. As a result of the show's continued growth, a new format will be imple- mented, allowing contractors an extra day on the show floor. Following an ear- lier dealer preview on Wednesday, the indoor exhibits will open for the entire industry from 3 to 7 p.m., including a welcome reception on the show floor beginning at 5 p.m. The indoor exhibits and Outdoor Demonstration Area will be open Thursday and Friday for all in- dustry members. Back by popular demand, the GIE+EXPO Workshops will feature 10 sessions to help landscape pros grow their businesses. This year's lineup will include two hardscape sessions with insights and tips for contractors interested in tapping into that market. Other workshops, which are spon- sored by the National Association of Landscape Professionals, include top- ics such as marketing strategies, safety programs, developing a new genera- tion of professionals and more. Not to be forgotten: GIE+EXPO boasts some of the best entertainment in trade shows. Attendees can enjoy three nights of free concerts at Fourth Street Live! in downtown Louisville: The Crashers (Oct. 16); Kelleigh Bannen and Colt Ford (Oct. 17); and Mackenzie Porter and Jana Kramer (Oct. 18). For a com- plete schedule, visit gie-expo.com. BRANCHING

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