Day 1: Exhibits Open

By Erin Nelsen, Online Editor | January 2010 Vol. 65 No. 1
The exhibit hall doors open.

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HDD prowess aside, sewer and water experts had their own bragging lists, including a new bar for public relations. Joseph Abbott at Godwin Pumps is displaying a YouTube video from a client company who partnered with them to save the day for the tourism-dependent city of Newport, RI: a sewer force main burst on Easter weekend and threatened to dump 80 percent of Newport's sewage into scenic open water. Godwin pumps powered a bypass of more than 30,000 linear feet, completed within seven days.

Steve Henning of AP/M Permaform is addressing publicity from multiple angles, with a booth in the warm glow of proximity to Underground Construction’s, a well-attended speaking session on manhole safety practices in the sewer and water rehabilitation track this morning, and a second class scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday on structural rehabilitation of storm and sewer pipe.

With just under three hours of exhibition time today, most attendees seemed eager to return for more tomorrow when doors open at 10 a.m. Exhibitors discussing the day among themselves deemed it “a pretty good start”—and hoped a sunny Wednesday wouldn’t lure attendees outside. Forecast: "mostly sunny," high of 74F. Stay tuned.