NPE West 2010, Las Vegas

A photographer's look back at the Las Vegas show and what's ahead for 2011.

NPE West Moves to Riviera Hotel in 2011
In a move long requested by contractors and exhibitors National Pavement Expo West will move to its original Las Vegas home when it returns to the Riviera Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip Dec. 8-10, 2011. The Riviera was NPE West's home for 2001 and 2002 before it moved to the Las Vegas Convention Center in 2003. The move back to a hotel-centered event will make attending easier for contractors as they can book rooms right in the hotel where NPEW takes place and can walk to exhibits and seminars rather than taking a cab or the monorail. Opened in 1955, The Riviera was the first high-rise hotel on the Strip. Its more intimate casino, casino-centered bar, and live stage show offer a glimpse into Las Vegas past.

A focused group learns the details of the PavementSaver II, one of Rayner Equipment System's lines that also includes the RoadSaver II microsurfacing machine and the RaynMaker spray system.

In addition to cracksealing products Crafco Inc.'s 800-gal. Super Sealcoater (above) attracted contractor's attention.

Robert Liles (left), Robert Liles Parking Lot Service, details how to layout for striping in "Parking Lot Layout & Striping Basics."

Titan/Speeflo walk-behind stripers (above) got a steady workout from contractors who got behind them throughout the show.

One of the busiest booths was 1-800-PAVEMENT, which featured not only vanity phone numbers for marketing within regions but also the sale of domain names for contractor websites.

Part of "kicking the tires" involves checking under the hood, which this contractor did with this Nite-Hawk sweeper, which offers a hydraulically driven HFP system.

In addition to its Equipt line of sealcoating tanks Cimline Inc. featured its cracksealing equipment including its Magma, Metro, and Matrix 1500 melter/applicators.

SealMaster featured not only its broad line of sealcoating tanks and application equipment but its CrackPro line of cracksealing kettles and application equipment.

In addition to showcasing its LineLazer walk-behind striping machines Graco Inc. featured its newest addition, the ThermoLazer unit, for placing thermoplastic pavement markings.

Roger Filion (right), president of Kasi Infrared Corp., worked the booth, explaining the advantage of adding infrared pavement restoration to their fleet of services to contractors. Kasi displayed its Patriot unit.