Pumper & Cleaner Expo Provides Sanitation Industry Professionals a Look at the Latest Technology

The 33rd annual Pumper & Cleaner Expo offered the latest in tools, technology and training for portable restroom operators.
Pumper & Cleaner Expo Provides Sanitation Industry Professionals a Look at the Latest Technology

The famous line from the baseball movie "Field of Dreams," "If you build it, they will come," is appropriate to portable restroom operators who make an annual trip to the Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo International.

All the tools, the technology and the training required of any PRO were available at the 33rd annual Expo, held at the Indiana Convention Center in February. Shiny service trucks, a rainbow selection of restrooms of all designs, and key accessories to help PROs get a leg up on competitors were found on the exhibit floor with manufacturer's teams ready to answer questions.

So they came. PROs from across the U.S. and 45 countries were among the 8,418 attendees representing 3,730 companies attending the Expo Education Day and visiting 518 exhibitors. Some portable sanitation contractors who made the trip said they would fall behind the rest of the industry if they skipped a year.

"A lot of the new technology is information that I don't have yet. We get a lot of access to new technology," Tim Kettler of Action Septic Service in Warsaw, Ohio, said. "There are a lot of opportunities for continuing education and it's great that it's all assembled in the same place."

Jon Houseknecht of Sunset Septic Service in La Porte, Ind., agreed. Recently his company expanded into portable sanitation, and the Expo is partly responsible for that.

"We like diversifying and not relying on one particular market. We can see things (at the Expo) that we don't see on a daily basis, and it helps us branch out," Houseknecht said. He especially found Education Day and visiting with vendors to be invaluable exercises.

"In our business, education is the key for growing," he said. "The industry is changing at such a rapid pace, we have to keep up with it."

Some Expo statistics bear repeating and illustrate how important the industry's biggest trade show is for PROs. In 2012, 84 percent of attendees said they purchased or planned to purchase equipment because of what they saw at the Expo. Some 80 educational seminars were conducted during the week. The exhibit hall featured more than 500,000 square feet of space filled with products used in the wastewater industry.

Sunset Septic's Gale Houseknecht reflected on the major reason her family's business values the Expo. The trade show gives them a competitive advantage back in their hometown.

"We like to come every year, just to get the latest technology," she said. "We like to see what's on the cutting edge so we can bring it back to our business and then introduce it to our customers."

To get more information about the 2013 Expo, visit www.pumpershow.com, where you'll find out about exhibitors, view videos recapping the event, and read four issues of the Expo Daily publication distributed at the show. And you can find out how to register and plan your trip to next year's show, set for Feb. 24-27, 2014, in Indianapolis.


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