Nov. 1 2019 01:10 PM

The trade show drew over 26,500 people from more than 40 countries.

New show features, innovative technology and opportunities to network led to the sixth consecutive record-breaking year for GIE+Expo. This mega show drew more than 26,500 people from around the world. In addition, the indoor exhibit floor and the Outdoor Demonstration Area were larger than ever, covering 24,000 net sq. ft. more than last year.

GIE+EXPO is the annual gathering place for all segments of the outdoor power equipment and lawn and landscape industry. The event is sponsored by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Alexandria, Virginia, the Professional Grounds Management Society, Forest Hill, Maryland, and the National Association of Landscape Professionals, Fairfax, Virginia.

Show highlights

  • Lawn and landscape attendee categories increased by 18%.
  • Servicing dealer registrants increased by 8%.
  • Thirty-four percent of dealer/retailer and 42% of lawn and landscape attendees were first-timers.
  • Attendees hailed from all 50 states and more than 40 countries.
  • Indoor booths were spread throughout 675,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space.
  • The Outdoor Demo Area exceeded 20 acres for the third year in a row.
  • More than 80 products were highlighted in the New Products Spotlight.
  • Free parking at the Kentucky Exposition Center allowed easy access for all attendees and exhibitors.
  • The number of software and technology companies exhibiting increased to over 80.

GIE+Expo 2020 is set for Oct 21-23, 2020. Plans are in the works for new features and real-world education on hot industry topics such as how to use drones in your business, and exhibitors are already signing up to showcase their innovations.

“Unlike other events where attendees sit in meeting rooms, GIE+Expo offers hands-on training with things like the arborist demos, the Outdoor Demo Area, the new Social Media Lounge, engine tech training and live hardscape demos,” says Kris Kiser, managing partner of GIE+Expo and president of OPEI. “Next year we’re adding indoor drone training in Freedom Hall, an equipment test track and hands-on education with the latest in technology and robotic mowers.”