GIE+Expo 2021 to be in-person; registration opens

By Chad Elmore04 May 2021

Landscape pros, dealers and manufacturers can reconnect at the annual gathering in Kentucky.

Registration is open, and plans are underway for GIE+Expo to return October 20-22 at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

As of April 20, 675 companies had already signed on to exhibit at the event and the co-located Hardscape North America – reportedly an 18% increase over the same time in 2019. More than 70 are new exhibitors. And, with the expo center’s recent renovations to the demo area, exhibitors are looking forward to showcasing their latest innovations outdoors where attendees can test drive equipment.

GIE+Expo The 2019 edition of GIE+Expo. Last year’s event was virtual due to COVID-19 concerns.

“We look forward to attending the GIE+Expo every year and are eager to get back to the show in 2021,” said Chris Durig, vice president Sales, BlueBird Turf Products. “It is the only industry show that provides an audience of distributors, dealers and landscapers at a single event. Additionally, it is the only industry show that provides opportunities for an indoor exhibit as well as outdoor product demonstrations.”

Warren Sellers, show manager, said attendees are also clamoring to get back together in person. According to a recent survey of past attendees, 91% of landscape professionals and 84% of dealers are likely to attend this year.

“GIE+Expo has always been a good way to check up on the competition, to see what’s new and talk to the manufacturers of the products we sell,” said Sam Walter, president of Sam Walter & Son, Inc. in Fairbury, Ill. “We can’t wait to get back to the show in 2021.”

With expanded education on topics such as drones, robotics and connectivity, as well as features that put attendees behind the controls, this year’s show will offer a wide range of dynamic opportunities, including:

  • Hands-on drone zone where attendees can fly drones with expert trainers
  • Technology summit presented by the National Association of Landscape Professionals
  • UTV test track
  • Remote pilot certification course presented by the Indiana State University Aviation and Unmanned Systems Program
  • Expanded in-tree arborist demos and classroom courses
  • Opening keynote, “Leadership and a New World Order: The Need for Resilience,” featuring Retired U.S. Navy four-star Admiral James Stavridis
  • Free dealer workshops by Bob Clements International, including a discussion on “Bulletproofing Your Business”

“Despite the pandemic, business never stopped for those who design, install and maintain living landscapes. While this year’s show will look different, we can’t wait to welcome everyone back to Louisville,” said Kris Kiser, managing partner of GIE+Expo and OPEI president. “We understand how important GIE+Expo is to our industry, and we are committed to providing the education, resources and networking businesses need to thrive.”

Recently named the sixth largest trade show in the nation, GIE+Expo is sponsored by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute Inc. (OPEI), Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) and National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).

Online registration is available at www.gie-expo.com.

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