Say Goodbye to the Printed Directory for ConExpo 2014

ConExpo-Con/Agg, one of the world’s largest trade shows for construction industries, will be be here before your know it!  Held only every 3 years, the next one is scheduled for March 8-12, 2014,– and some changes are in store for attendees.

ConExpo 2014 printed show materials

At ConExpo 2011, attendees had to pay $10 in advance and $20 on-site for a printed show directory. This may have been a test run to decrease the number of directories printed and help reduce the cost and waste generated by this hefty book, weighing in at nearly a pound and a half. The directory listed educational programming at ConExpo, but primarily consisted of exhibitor company profiles, contact information, and of course, booth numbers. With no advertising allowed in the directory, the move away from printing it isn’t really a surprise. This cost-savings change will be a be a “green” direction that will reduce waste, but is also likely in response our growing use of online information.

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MINExpo 2012 Preview

MINExpo By the Numbers:

MINExpo 2012Every 4 years
3 days
9 to 5
12 Halls
20 educational sessions
850,000 square feet of exhibits
1,800 exhibitors
Over 43,000 attendees (and climbing)

The mining universe turns its eyes to MINExpo International every 4 years. As the worldwide mining industry continues to rise above the economic doldrums, people will amass at the Las Vegas Convention Center for this important trade show. The organizers of MINExpo, the National Mining Association, has accommodated a 40% growth in exhibit booth space from 2008 by adding the second floor of the South Hall to the show.

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Updates to our Australian website are now online.

Columbia Steel Australian site

Our Australian homepage

We’ve recently done some housekeeping on Columbia Steel’s Australian website, including:

  • Product listings for some of our popular dragline and crusher wear parts;
  • Quick links to our Australian Dealer, 2MT Mining Products, and to our Customer Service Specialists in the U.S.;
  • Social media links for our friends and colleagues on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn;

…And more new content to be coming soon.

You’ll also notice a link to information about Columbia’s booth at the upcoming MINExpo International tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV, September 24-25. We’re excited about the 2012 show and will be sharing news and tips for attendees on this blog, so revisit us here soon to learn more.

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Limited edition poster celebrates Columbia Steel’s 110 Year Anniversary

110 Year Anniversary Poster

110 Year Anniversary Poster

To commemorate this special year for us, we commissioned renowned Northwest illustrator Paul A. Lanquist to capture the spirit of Columbia Steel, our people and our home here in Portland, Oregon. After visiting our facility and learning about our history, Paul created the poster artwork shown here. It’s already become very popular with our employees, and now we’d like to make it available to you.

Email us and get your own copy

Posters are sized 15.75 inches wide by 24 inches tall and are printed in color on heavy paper. Shipped in cardboard mailing tube, one per address, while supplies last.

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Tools to Help You Make the Most of ConExpo

ConExpo Online Show Planner

I’d like to share some handy online tools for attendees to make it easier to navigate this huge (and sometimes overwhelming) trade show.

Once you’ve registered for ConExpo, take a look at the Show Planner & Map on the ConExpo website. Once you land on the Show Planner welcome page, click on “My Show Planner” and fill out the required blanks. If you do not want exhibitors to know that you’ve added them to your itinerary, simply uncheck the “Please share my information with exhibitors I add to MyShow”.

Plan which booths to visit

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ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011 Allows Discounted Hotel Rates

Just like last month, you can still choose from 52 Las Vegas hotels when booking rooms through the ConExpo-Con/Agg website. Much like the “Early Bird” discount offered on hotel rooms through the ConExpo website that ended August 31 from my last blog entry, they have opened up the same discounts on 13 of the previously 17 discounted hotels.  Take a look at the most recent list of ConExpo hotels, including the 13 with discounts.  Then book your hotel of choice by Sept. 29 if you want to take advantage of any of the reduced pricing. Here’s the current list of ConExpo hotels.

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ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011 – Early Bird Hotel Discounts

Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, under construction

ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011 may seem like a long way off, but it will be here before you know it.  I recently found out some interesting information about “Early Bird” hotel pricing that I wanted to share with exhibitors and attendees alike.

First, if you don’t know about ConExpo, let me tell you; it’s the largest tradeshow for the construction industries in North America.  ConExpo-Con/Agg is held every 3 years in Las Vegas.  The last time it was held there were over 144,000 people registered for this 5-day tradeshow.  The next one is scheduled for March 22-26, 2011 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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