ICUEE steps off on solid foot

By Lindsey Anderson07 October 2009

For a first rainy day turnout, ICUEE surely didn't buckle under economic, or weather, woes. Af the close of day one, the biennial International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) had about 16,000 registered attendees, making it one of its strongest shows ever. With a sunny second day and the exhibition end coming October 8, those numbers could inflate even larger.

Show managers said more than 780 exhibitors were on hand, taking up more than 25 acres of space. Outdoor and indoor exhibits gave attendees hands-on demos of aerial, underground and at ground equipment. "While it's still a down economy, attendees are telling us they need to be here to check out what's happening in the industry, to see and compare the equipment and technologies, and to exchange information with their peers," said show director Melissa Magestro.

One of the most-visible words of the event so far has been "hybrid." "Everyone wants at least one (in their fleet)," said Shawn Brougham, director of product development, Altec Industries.

Echoing his comments was Joe Caywood, Terex Utilities' operations manager, installations. "Utilities are embracing hybrid technology," he said. "We just need a systsem that meets price points for customers."

Brougham said in the past, customers would ask for specifics on hybrids, such as plug-in capabilities or extractable power. With a multitude of options now under its belt, Altec can offer customers almost anything they desire; from extractable power to fully electric units. Altec prides itself on a program of sustainability from the beginning of manufacturing to the end product. "Customers are driving us toward sustainability," he said.

Brougham said Altec uses biodegradable oil and powder coat paint lines, amongst other features that have not only the machines going green, but the company, too.

Brougham said the next big development for a push toward green will be managing energy better. For instance, he said, the fan on a truck that cools a motor uses fuel to do so. Instead of this practice, the fan could be powered by electricity. "Electrify more components (to manage energy better)," Brougham said.

For the full interview with Altec, including an ICUEE wrap, please see the November/December issue of American Lift & Handlers.

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