GIE+EXPO grows in 2019

The indoor exhibit floor and the Outdoor Demonstration Area grew 24,000 net sq. ft. more than last year.

November 7, 2019

More than 26,500 people attended GIE+EXPO last month in Louisville. In addition, the indoor exhibit floor and the Outdoor Demonstration Area covered 24,000 net sq. ft. more than last year. Both numbers are recording-breaking, according to show organizers. Other numbers released by GIE+EXPO were:

• Lawn and landscape attendee categories increased by 18%.
• Servicing dealer registrants increased by 8%.
• 34% of dealer/retailer and 42% of lawn and landscape attendees were first-timers.
• Attendees hailed from all 50 states and more than 40 countries.
• Indoor booths were spread throughout 675,000 sq. ft. of class A exhibit space.
• The Outdoor Demo Area exceeded 20 acres for the third year in a row.
• More than 80 products were highlighted in the New Products Spotlight.
• The number of software and technology companies exhibiting increased to over 80.

Special features this year included:
• Arborist demos by the Women's Tree Climbing Workshop gave attendees the opportunity to learn from a group of experts. They demonstrated climbing techniques on a 40-foot tree inside the expo center. The sessions, presented by Davey Tree, were sponsored by STIHL, with support from SHELTER Tree.
• A new Social Media Lounge, sponsored by ECHO Means Business, provided a place for attendees to network and hear insights from live guests and social media influencers right on the trade show floor.
• A free technology seminar, Avoiding the Temptation of Enabling our Robotic Overlords, offered an overview of IT trends.
• Sessions by Lt. Col. Rob "Waldo" Waldman, sponsored by John Deere; economic expert Brian Beaulieu, sponsored by Mahindra; and dealership guru Bob Clements were included with trade show registration.

Prize winners:
• The winner of the Fabulous Friday $20,000 Giveaway was Jake Guindon of Lonestar Landscaping & Co., Waterdown, Ontario Canada
• In the $15,000 UTV Giveaway, Neil Murphy of Lawn Cure of Southern Indiana, Sellersburg, Indiana won $15,000 toward his choice of UTVs. Participating manufacturers included American Land Master; Gravely, an Ariens Company; Bobcat Company; Greenworks; Hisun Motors; Intimidator; John Deere; Kioti Tractor and Kubota Tractor Corp.
• Nick Williams of Power House Outdoors, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, won the $5,000 STIHL Giveaway during Wednesday's Dealer Preview.
In addition, many other exhibitors had giveaways and prize drawings. Some of the winners include:
• Mech Marvels gave away three portable generators. Winners included John Conner of Armstrong Landscaping, Chris Elrod of Cuttin' It Close and Thomas Phillips of The Yard Man.
• Gravely gave away a Pro-Stance Commercial Stand on Mower to winner Chris Thomas, Thomas Lawn & Landscape, Indianapolis, Indiana.
• The Propane Education & Research Council gave away a Big Tex Trailer that included an Exmark Mower and a Spartan Mower to Jim Langendorf of Olympic Lawns, Springboro, Ohio.
• The HNA Installer Championship concluded with Segmental Systems from Otis Orchards, Washington, emerging as champion for the second year in a row and winning a prize package valued at $11,000.

GIE+EXPO 2020 is set for October 21-23. Plans are in the works for new features and real-world education on hot industry topics such as how to use drones in your business.

“Unlike other events where attendees sit in meeting rooms, GIE+EXPO offers hands-on training with things like the arborist demos, the Outdoor Demo Area, the new Social Media Lounge, engine tech training and live hardscape demos," said Kris Kiser, managing partner of GIE+EXPO and OPEI President. "Next year we're adding indoor drone training in Freedom Hall, an equipment test track and hands-on education with the latest in technology and robotic mowers.”