The Utility Expo 2023 Draws Record-Breaking Attendance


Last month, The Utility Expo made its triumphant return to Louisville, Kentucky, with a record-setting gathering of over 21,000 utility construction professionals from 60 countries. These industry experts came together to experience firsthand the latest equipment and cutting-edge technologies that bolster the utility sector. This remarkable event drew an unparalleled assembly of industry leaders, decision-makers, and stakeholders, firmly cementing its position as the foremost event in the sector.

“From every perspective, this year’s Utility Expo surpassed all expectations, offering an abundance of sights and experiences for attendees,” said John Rozum, The Utility Expo show director. “Our goal is to bring utility pros together with exhibitors and equipment manufacturers to advance the utility industry and showcase how the equipment, products and technologies help keep our communities working and thriving.”

The Utility Expo featured over 900 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and solutions for the utility construction industry. Exhibits covered a record 134,000 m2 and included the show’s signature interactive product demonstrations.
The construction of utility infrastructure plays a pivotal role in modern society, offering a multitude of benefits that are indispensable to society’s well-being and progress. At its core, modernized utility infrastructure provides reliability, ensuring a consistent provision of essential services like electricity, clean water, and Internet connectivity to homes, businesses, and industries. This reliability, in turn, forms the foundation for economic growth by facilitating industrial production, attracting businesses, and generating employment opportunities.

Utility construction professionals flock to The Utility Expo as it serves as an unrivaled hub for networking opportunities within the industry, fostering invaluable relationships that can drive their careers and businesses forward. Moreover, attendees are drawn by the promise of gaining profound industry insights. This event serves as a conduit to the latest trends, innovations, and best practices in utility construction, ensuring participants remain on the cutting edge of their field.

The equipment showcased by the exhibitors offered a firsthand look at the newest tools and machinery, allowing professionals to test and assess their relevance to their work. Educational sessions and workshops equipped attendees with training and certifications that elevated their skillsets and career prospects. The Utility Expo is a dynamic nexus where networking, knowledge, innovation, and business opportunities converge, making it a must-attend event for utility construction professionals.

While safety has always been at the forefront of The Utility Expo’s education lineup, this year the show joined forces with other organizations to bring an expanded lineup of offerings.

As part of the new Safety Symposium, the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) brought a wealth of safety-related educational workshops to the show. In addition, certification training related to flagger certification and traffic control technician, were also offered.

The Utility Expo also collaborated with the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA), to bring the NUCA Lounge to the show, that served as a welcoming central gathering point for its members attending The Utility Expo. NUCA also offered a confined-space-entry safety course for attendees at the show.

This year saw the return of The Jobsite, from Planet Underground that hosted hourly, free peer-to-peer demonstrations of Predictive Analytics Software, Electromagnetic (EM) locating, Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE), Underground RFID Marking Devices, and GIS Mobile Applications. The Jobsite allowed attendees to experience exactly what it is like to work on a site, but also spread the word about the importance of damage prevention and how equipment can play an important role in protecting underground utilities.

The Utility Expo is the largest event for utility professionals and construction contractors seeking comprehensive insights into the latest industry technologies, innovations, and trends. The show is best known for equipment test drives and interactive product demonstrations.


The next edition of The Utility Expo is scheduled for October 7-9, 2025, in Louisville, Kentucky,


Source: Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

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