Expanding show gives contractors a look at what is possible for growing companies.

If you missed the Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show in Indianapolis last week, you missed a lot! 

The 35th annual show, held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, drew 9,474 attendees, which is up 10.4 percent over the 8,583 attendees that came in 2014. The show also drew in more companies – 4,196 up from last year’s total of 3,766. 

The WWETT Show also brought in a record number of exhibitors, 597, filling the convention center. One of those exhibitors showing off its newest equipment was Vector Technologies. 

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Vector Technologies, based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was displaying a hydroexcavation unit mounted to a trailer. The company manufactures trailer- and skid-mounted vacuum components for industrial applications. 

“This unit has been specifically designed for the oil and gas industry,” says Vector President Steve Schoenberger. “We know there are contractors that don’t want to spend $400,000 or $500,000 for a big truck or don’t have the economic strength to do that.” 

Schoenberger says the unit has a 170 hp blower and a full boiler, allowing for operation in cold-weather climates. It has a 12-cubic-yard debris tank and a 600-gallon water tank and also has a boom attached. 

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“The front end is all Vector and the back end is all Vac-Con,” Schoenberger says. It’s the 12th unit made by Vector and was headed to North Dakota to serve in the Bakken following the show. 

“It’s been the same oil and gas customer that has purchased all of them,” Schoenberger says. “This is the first time we’re putting it on display and for sale to the general public.” 

International feel

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The show has taken on a more international feel, with exhibitors from 14 countries and attendees from 52, including every continent except Antarctica.

While there’s more for pumpers and cleaners than ever, there are also more classes and more exhibitors geared toward the underground construction market and gas and oil industry.

The name change is a reflection of that, and it opens the show up to more people, more technology and more ideas, all of which benefit you. 

Big winner

A popular truck at the 2015 WWETT Show was the tricked-out Chevrolet truck being given away at the Industry Appreciation Party on Wednesday night. Throughout the week attendees and exhibitors made their way to the registration area to check out the truck – decked out with sponsor logos. 

A total of 12 finalists were chosen early Wednesday morning – 10 of them were present.

Max Silva, of Warren Environmental in Carver, Massachusetts, won the top prize. Silva opted to take the cash option of $35,000 to help pay off student loans.

The other finalists were Steve Brown (Franklin Fibre – Lamitex Corp. in Wilmington, Delaware), Shannon Hicks (City of Webster in Webster, Texas), Jeanne Kubacki (Atlantic Drain Service Company in Roslindale, Massachusetts), Dave Walker (Alloy Specialties in Ransom, Illinois), Gary Burris (C.N.Wood Co. in Woburn, Massachusetts), Ashley Manes (OMSI Transmissions in Twinsburg, Ohio), Rich Sogge (Security Sanitation in Traverse City, Michigan), Michael Miranda (Liquid Waste Industries in Dallas, Georgia), Dennis Fanara (Gold Seal Plumbing in Spokane Valley, Massachusetts), Wesley Wooten (Lewis Farms & Liquid Waste in Currie, North Carolina) and JJ Lang (TOPP Industries in Rochester, Indiana).

More changes next year

This year the biggest change was giving the show a new name. Next year there will be another change – new show days.

The 2016 WWETT Show shifts from the Monday through Thursday format to a Wednesday through Saturday schedule. The 2016 show will kick off with Education Day on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. The exhibit hall will open on Thursday, Feb. 18 and run through Saturday, Feb. 20, in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. 

“This show just keeps on getting bigger,” says Steve Dabney, who was walking the show floor on Wednesday looking for equipment for grease trap cleaning. “My feet are already sore and I’ve only been through half the show. It’s a great event.”

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