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WEFTEC 2018: The 91st Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference

What is WEFTEC?

WEFTEC, The Water Environment Federation (WEF), brings together water quality control experts from around the world to provide the best water quality education and training in the field today. It stands apart from the rest, as the largest conference of its class in North America.

Taking place at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, the exhibition is recognized as the greatest annual water quality exposition in the world. Their showcase delivers unique access to the most cutting-edge technologies on the market and creates networking opportunities for domestic and international business relations. You never know who you will have the chance to meet at the forum, as a large number of experts from many fields tend to appear.

A Leading Source in Water Quality:

WEFTEC lends insight as a leading source of water quality, as the following contemporary water and wastewater issues and solutions will be addressed:

  • Collection Systems
  • Energy Conservation and Management
  • Membrane Technologies
  • Plant Operation and Treatment
  • Regulations
  • Research
  • Residuals & Biosolids
  • Stormwater
  • Utility Management
  • Water Reuse/Recycling
  • Water Quality & Watershed Management

This Year’s Conference Dates:

  • Conference: September 29 – October 3, 2018
  • Exhibition: October 1 – 3, 2018
  • Hours: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm, daily

Featured at the Conference: What UP&R Does/Who We Serve

  • Chemicals/Chemical Handling Equipment -> Polymers
  • Coatings, Sealants, and Corrosion -> Gaskets, Grouts, Sealants
  • Pipe/Collection Systems -> Manholes, Pipes – Plastic PVC/CPVC
  • Process Equipment/Treatment Systems –> Chemical/Polymer Feed Equipment, Industrial Doors
  • Services -> Condition Assessment, Manhole Rehabilitation, Pipelines
  • Tanks -> Doors/Hatches, Covers/Domes, Plastics

Trade Show Takeaways We Apply to Our Business

As a producer of polymer solutions towards concrete pipe gaskets, manhole gaskets, pipe specifications, and sealing solutions, our enthusiastic and bright staff attends WEFTEC to learn about the latest industry trends and developments to apply to our current and future in-house manufacturing. Our industry focuses include construction, drainage piping, sewer piping, concrete piping, and marine.

Each year, we look forward to networking prospects with water quality control experts, as our aim is to solve problems and create solutions for the sealing of gaskets, pipes, and more. Our ultimate effort is to make your joint systems run smoothly, with the highest level of quality and efficiency. From customer’s joint details to extrusion die development, splice mold manufacturing, and finally finished spliced gaskets, all aspects of the process are contained within UP&R to ensure proper process and strict quality control. Our flexibility also extends to other water and sewer piping markets.

As a polymer business in operation since 1971, we continue to reinvent ourselves in an endlessly changing market. Remaining true to our roots, we continue to build upon our ever-growing foundation. Through our diversity and versatility, we reliably service customer needs across a wide variety of polymer compounds, designs, and specifications, all at competitive pricing.

Although we produce domestically, we maintain international partnerships. This flexibility enables us to learn from a variety of markets and to apply best practices from market to market. All of our UP&R concrete pipes and manhole gaskets meet ASTM C-443 and ASTM C-361 standards depending on your project specification.

UP&R is also a proud member of the American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA), as well as the National Precast Association (NPCA). Today, we remain one of the largest pipe gasket suppliers in the U.S.

Contact Our Friendly Staff at UP&R!

Find more information on the water industries that we serve by reading our blog, and visiting both our Twitter and LinkedIn pages!

Interested in discussing our water quality control capabilities? We’re happy to do so when you contact us today. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

The Precast Show and Mid America Truck Show

This year in March, Universal Polymer & Rubber attended both The Precast Show in Nashville, TN and the Mid America Truck Show in Louisville, KY. Both of these shows were great opportunities to network with potential clients and business partners, and to view the latest trends in the industry.  Attendance was high for both shows with the crowd being a combination of end users and business-to-business suppliers.

Trade show stand

The 45th annual Mid-America Trucking Show was a successful event with over 70,000 attendees and over 1,100 exhibitors.  The show was competing against a major auto show occurring in Germany at the same time, and many large companies were protesting the show due to this conflict in dates.  With these larger companies missing, the show was more spread out than usual with trailer spacers further apart than normal, causing more back and forth travel to be able to see everything.  With a large number of truck drivers attending this show, there was also a large amount of foot traffic, which while beneficial in helping to promote to a larger amount of people, also did not lead to huge purchases and orders since truck drivers would be buying products on a smaller scale.  All things considered this show was a great opportunity to see the latest innovations and the newest technology in the heavy-duty trucking industry.

The 2016 Precast Show was a great event hosted by the National Precast Concrete Association.  With over 300 companies exhibiting, including Universal Polymer & Rubber, the leaders in the precast concrete industry were able to show off the latest innovations.  Events included a crane operator certification update, a women in precast reception, and the Honky-Tonk Hoedown at the Wildhorse Saloon on Saturday night.  Awards were also given out including the Pinnacle Award, Plant Certification Awards, Sustainability Awards and Creative Use of Precast Awards.  Overall the show was a great opportunity for Universal Polymer to interact with many new potential business partners.

The next show we will be attending is WEFTEC 2016 from Sept. 24-28.   For more information on the tradeshows and events we will be attending and exhibiting at next, be sure to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

SEMA and AAPEX Automotive Industry Shows 2015

Industry shows are a great way to interact with potential clients and business partners.  In November, Universal Polymer & Rubber attended both the AAPEX and SEMA 2015 automotive industry shows in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Both of these shows were well attended by almost the entire automotive industry.

The AAPEX 2015 show at the Sands Expo featured over 2,200 automotive aftermarket manufacturers and suppliers, who set up booths and displays to showcase their products and services to over 39,000 targeted buyers.  The SEMA show at the Las Vegas Convention Center drew more than 60,000 domestic and international buyers who were there to see over 2,000 exhibitors.

People at a Trade Show Exhibition

The shows brought together a wide variety of companies from OEMs, to single car garages, to tire manufacturers, parts manufacturers and up fitters.  The scope of the shows was daunting, with multiple indoor halls as well as outside display areas and demo areas.  One of the largest areas was the new products showcase, where new and featured products were on display.  Even between the buildings there were areas set up for car displays, car testing, and engine testing areas.  All size companies were represented, with small companies setting up their booths right next to the largest companies in the automotive industry.

Both shows were very productive events, and allowed us to learn about the latest technology available, and the new trends that are growing in the automotive industry.  As sales and production numbers are going up in North America, it was great to be at events that show where the future of the automotive industry is heading.

In 2016, we will be attending more industry and trade shows.  First up in the beginning of March, we will be at The Precast Show 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee at Booth # 374.  At the end of the month we will be attending the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky.  For the most up-to date information on shows we will be at in 2016 be sure to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.