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Welcome to the 2016 Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show issue of Cleaner. I hope you’re gearing up for Indy and are excited to take in everything the show has to offer.

We’ve gone back to our Wednesday-through-Saturday schedule to make it easier for you, and we’ve added new components to make the show even better. It’s the biggest show we’ve ever put on, and I think it’s going to be the best you’ve ever attended.

I can remember how impressed I was with the size and scope of the show floor on my first trip to Indy, but after five shows, I realize it’s not the trucks and equipment that make it so impressive. It’s the people. I’m looking forward to talking to as many of you as possible, getting your feedback, listening to the issues you’re facing, and hearing your stories. Of course, I’m excited to check out all the new tools, trucks and equipment, too, but it’s really your stories I’m interested in.

This is an industry with a surprisingly high level of technology and innovation, yet it’s also one driven by so many small family businesses. I enjoy that facet of this industry, and I appreciate that sometimes it’s the mom-and-pop shops that figure out how to build a better mousetrap.

That’s part of what makes the WWETT Show such a great experience — seeing mom and dad and the kids, all dressed in matching company shirts, checking out new state-of-the-art inspection equipment or kicking the tires on a half-million-dollar hydroexcavator. You don’t see that everywhere, and it’s a big part of what makes this whole industry such a close-knit family.

That family atmosphere will be on display all week. Whether you’re in your hotel, the convention center or out to dinner, you’ll have no problem striking up conversations with your peers. So take advantage — the insight you gain could help you solve a recurring problem or chart an entirely new course for your business.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to help your business while you’re in Indy. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy yourself. Make sure all of the following are on your itinerary:

Education Day. You don’t have to spend all day in the classroom, but be sure to pick out at least a couple classes that address questions, areas of interest or new opportunities you’ve been eyeing. The level of instruction is excellent, and knowledge is good for business.

Kickoff Party. Get on the dance floor! No, it’s not that kind of party, but there will be free food and drinks. And you’ll be able to hang out and chat with some of the smartest people in the industry. That’s a nice (and productive) way to cap off Education Day.

Walking the floor. OK, this one is obvious, but make sure you see everything on the show floor. You don’t know where you might find inspiration or the next big profit generator for your business, and there’s some pretty cool stuff to see.

Sewer History Exhibit. Get a look at where it all began. NASSCO and the Arizona Water Association brought their Sewer History Exhibit to the show for the first time last year, and it’s back again. It’s an impressive display of early ingenuity and a great look at how far the industry has come.

Industry Appreciation Party. Jerrod Niemann is playing. And beer only costs a quarter. Enough said. Don’t miss out.

It’s not easy to boil the whole week down to a few items on your itinerary, and really, why would you want to? There’s so much more to see and do. Take it all in, and enjoy the show.

Welcome to Indy!


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