Get Ready for Indy

The 33rd Annual Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo in Indianapolis offers education and innovation for onsite system professionals.
Get Ready for Indy
Education Day at the Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo provides a full day of great learning opportunities spanning a wide range of topics.

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The Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo International returns to Indianapolis Feb. 25-28, bringing back everything that made the 2012 Expo successful, along with new features to help attendees get even more out of their visits.

"Once a year there is a gathering of the best in the industry," says Bob Kendall, co-founder of COLE Publishing and president of show producer COLE, Inc. "The best manufacturers, dealers and suppliers meet with the best onsite installation and service professionals, pipeline service contractors and municipal managers. This show provides unequaled opportunity to see, learn, grow and develop in your chosen profession."

Learning first

Education Day will kick off the 2013 Pumper & Cleaner Expo, providing an opportunity to acquire the strategies and technical know-how to push your business or utility forward. Topics cover everything from Pump Choices and Settings to The Science and Engineering of Onsite Wastewater Treatment. Pumpers, cleaners and other wastewater professionals will have the opportunity to learn from the industry's top experts, gaining insight on best practices and strategies for growth and success. Education Day also facilitates free dialogue among your peers, so you can seek and share advice and experiences that competitors might otherwise keep to themselves. It's a day dedicated to helping you expand your knowledge base and improve your craft.

More seminars are slated for Tuesday and Wednesday, and Roundtable Discussions will be held Thursday morning. This year's Expo offers one of the most expansive educational lineups ever. You can learn about new tools, technologies and methods for solving specific problems, fine-tune your knowledge of basic in-the-field practices, and learn essential business leadership skills.

Seminars count toward continuing education requirements in many states. Visit for specific information on your state.

Kick the tires

Of course, it's not all about the classroom. The Expo's massive display of tools, trucks and technology steals the show. You can meet all the manufacturers, kick the tires on the latest equipment, and network with the people who know the industry best. A record 92 percent of attendees at the 2012 Expo said they would be back in 2013.

"There's no better place to network with others who understand your business," says Kendall. "The free exchange of knowledge and experience is priceless."

Last year, 501 exhibitors filled over 550,000 square feet on the show floor, and the response is already up from new companies interested in the 2013 Expo. The list of exhibitors is continually updated on the Expo website, which you can also use to preview the educational sessions, study the interactive floor plan, plan your itinerary and search for hotel rooms. Three new hotels near the airport will provide convenient accommodations for those with early or late flights.

Lots to do

Indianapolis also has plenty to offer outside the Expo hall: You'll find a wide range of museums, entertainment venues, shopping and numerous restaurants within a short walk from the Convention Center. Find your favorite spot to meet up with clients, colleagues and friends and experience "Hoosier Hospitality."

While you're planning your stay, be sure to keep Tuesday night open for the Industry Appreciation Party and Craig Morgan concert at the JW Marriott Hotel, connected to the Convention Center.

If you haven't been to the Expo, visit the website and look at everything it can offer you and your business. It's easy to plan the trip, and you'll walk away with a better perspective on your business and your industry.


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