The Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show promises great value and opportunity for your business.
Last year, the Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show was spilling out of the exhibit hall at the Indiana Convention Center. This year, it’s pouring into Lucas Oil Stadium.
It all gets started like it does every year, with the industry’s best slate of education courses. The show returns to its Wednesday-through-Saturday schedule this year, so Education Day will be held Wednesday, Feb. 17.
A day in the classroom may not sound like the most exciting part of your trip to Indianapolis, but it could be the most valuable. Presenters from the industry’s top manufacturers and associations will lead a wide variety of classes, covering everything from septic myths to small-diameter pipe cleaning. There are more than 50 classes on Wednesday alone.
When class lets out, the party gets started. Just take the short walk over to Lucas Oil Stadium — it’s connected to the convention center — for the 2016 WWETT Show Kickoff Party. Relax, check out the exhibitor sponsor displays, and enjoy a cold beverage and complimentary hors d’oeuvres while networking with manufacturers and peers.
“One of the main requests we receive from attendees year in and year out is for more networking opportunities,” says show coordinator Brad Bisnette. “The Kickoff Party presents this opportunity and does so in a very unique, convenient and exciting atmosphere.”
The show really ramps up on Thursday when the exhibit hall opens. Every year, products introduced at the show become important components in many industry professionals’ toolboxes and equipment fleets. More than 9,400 people representing 4,200 companies and 54 countries attended the 2015 show, with 597 exhibitors nearly spilling out of the exhibit hall.
This year, it’s going to be even bigger, encompassing all 560,000-plus square feet of exhibit space at the Indiana Convention Center, in addition to the classrooms, stadium and the Sagamore Ballroom.
“Right now it’s a daily challenge trying to figure out how we’re going to fit this much equipment on the floor,” Bisnette says. “It’s going to be very impressive when the lights turn on and the doors open for showtime.”
When that moment comes, take your time and scope out the floor. There’s a ton to see, and you can’t get to all of it in one day. Plus, there are dozens more education courses on Thursday, and you’ll want to take advantage of those opportunities. It’s the perfect day to take another class or two, give yourself an overview of the show floor and formulate a plan to get everything you need out of the next two days. And when the floor closes, you can head back to Lucas Oil for the second night of the Kickoff Party.
Friday brings more education and another full day on the exhibit floor, with a chance for you to zero in on the tools, equipment and conversations that can make a difference for your business.
In addition to being a huge day at the show, Friday is also the biggest night, with the Sagamore Ballroom doors opening at 5 p.m. for the annual Industry Appreciation Party. In addition to 25-cent tap beer and a fun, laid-back atmosphere, country music star Jerrod Niemann will perform. Niemann’s hits include “Blue Bandana,” “Drink to That All Night” and “Lover, Lover.”
Just make sure you don’t really drink to that all night, because Saturday is the final day of the show and your last opportunity to see everything that makes it great.
Don’t forget, there’s also plenty to do outside the show. Indianapolis is a fun and accommodating city with dozens of museums, entertainment venues and shopping opportunities, along with hundreds of restaurants within walking distance of the convention center. And with 4,700 guest rooms connected to the Indiana Convention Center via covered and heated skyways, weather won’t be an issue.
The 2016 WWETT Show will be held Feb. 17-20 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. You can view the complete schedule of events along with an exhibitor list, floor plan, travel information and everything else you’ll need to plan your trip to Indy at www.wwettshow.com.