UCT Attendance Soars

April 2013, Vol. 68 No. 4

“UCT was a great opportunity to meet with people who are very familiar with crawler carriers,” said Matt Slater, Rig Source director of sales. “We were able to communicate our goal of supporting our customers’ specific needs, as well as providing customization options they require. Judging from the responses of visitors to our exhibit, they seemed to recognize right away that the Terramac RT9 unit is a quality product designed to allow easier maintenance and dependability in the field.”

Jack Kottelenberg, president and chief executive officer of Avertex Utility Solutions, a contracting company in Orangeville, Ontario, has been attending UCT since the first show.

“We saw the attendance was up quite a lot,” said Kottelenberg. “The quality of those attending was very good, and we saw a lot of new faces. Networking opportunities also were beneficial.”

Boyd Simon, project manager with Ranger Directional, Broussard, LA, could be at UCT for only one day, but he said he made the most of his time.

“I got by every booth (of interest to his business), saw vendors that we deal with, and saw some new things I hadn’t been aware of,” said Simon. “UCT was very good this year -- a lot of good exhibitors and good information. There is a lot of knowledge concentrated at this event.
A bonus always is getting to meet people I deal with by telephone, but had never met personally.”

Mike Spero, president of Danby Pipe Renovation, Houston, TX, said “good” describes the show. “Very good attendance, good educational sessions and people we talked with seemed to agree and be pleased,” he said. “We’ve already signed up to exhibit next year.”

Guy Dickes, president of the Constellation Group, Baltimore, MD, was at UCT to make a presentation about thermal grouting. “Being here is gives me to talk with clients and potential new clients.”

Bob Schueller, HDD general manager for contractor S.J. Louis, Rockville, MN, said he gets to UCT as often as his schedule permits.

“This year I attended the CUIRE (Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education) engineering and inspector training schools,” he said. “They were excellent. I also went to other educational classes. UCT is very informative, always with a lot of people to meet. I got to meet face to face with a half dozen people for the first time, although we’ve done business by telephone for a while. The HDD industry is a relatively small network of people, so we got to meet with other drillers and share information.”

Jay Miller, president of supplier J.T. Miller Inc., called UCT a tremendous success for his company.