NPE 2009: Charlotte

National Pavement Expo will return to its "home" location - Nashville, TN - for its 25th Anniversary program. Dates for the 25th annual event, at the downtown Nashville Convention Center, are January 20-23, 2010.

Below are some highlights from the NPE 2009 exhibit floor in Charlotte, NC.

Bomag Americas featured its 1200/30 milling machine in addition to its pavers with improved operator sight lines.

Wacker Neuson focused its exhibit on its compaction line, including both walk-behind and ride-on rollers.

Raynguard Protective Materials featured its bright red Pavement Saver II, available in 300-, 400-, and 500-gal.models.

Among the units Ray-Tech Infrared featured was its mini-combo unit combining both asphalt reclaimer and infrared heater in one unit.

Bonsal American combined its booth with newly acquired Gem Seal and introduced and demonstrated its Sakrete U.S. Cold Patch, a ready-to-use, recycled, cold asphalt mix for permanent patching of potholes, cracks, and other blacktop surface defects.

Wayne Sweepers acquired the Centurion street sweeper last year and chose NPE to introduce its upgraded model to the industry. Improvements to the highly automated sweeper include a new rear air suspension system, a large touch screen with one-touch controls, and a floating broom that adjusts to any road surface.

SealMaster not only showed contractors its varied line of sealcoating equipment and materials, it showcased its Crack Pro line of cracksealing equipment featuring a heated hose.

Trinity Highway Products introduced contractors to its MPS-350 (Mobile Protection System 350), the first truck-mounted attenuator to pass NCHRP Report 350 Test Level 3. The MPS-350 design is a new concept that eliminates bulky crushable cartridges.

Maintenance Inc., manufacturer of pavement sealer additives including FASS-DRI and FSA PLUS, had a busy three days supporting its national network of distributors and explaining the importance of additives use to sealcoating contractors.