Louisville Hosts Second Largest Tradeshow in the U.S.
National list ranks conventions by size
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 26, 2020) — The Trade Show News Network (TSNN) released its list for the top trade shows of 2019. Louisville hosts three of the top 20 shows, including the second largest show in the U.S. with the International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE), now known as The Utility Expo.
Although Louisville, Indianapolis and Nashville each hosted seven tradeshows on TSNN’s 2019 list of the Top 250, Louisville was the only city to boast three of the Top 20 tradeshows with ICUEE, GIE+EXPO and MATS. These three Top 20 tradeshows represented an estimated economic impact of almost $60 million for the city.
These notable shows have all committed to Louisville for future years, thus positively impacting the city’s economy again over the next 18 months. The Utility Expo has committed to meet in Louisville every other year through 2029, GIE+EXPO is committed annually through 2025 and MATS is in the process of finalizing a contract through 2026.
The list was created using show management and data supplied to TSNN, ranked by net square footage. Shows from the TSNN’s top show list that were hosted in Louisville (these appear in order of net square footage):
International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE)
Tradeshow with extensive hands-on working-equipment demonstrations in job-like conditions at ground level, underground and overhead. Recently transitioned to be known as The Utility Expo.
- Estimated 2019 economic impact: $16.8 million
- Meeting dates October 1-3, 2019
The largest professional exposition in North America for the lawn and garden industry.
- Estimated 2019 economic impact: $19.2 million
- Meeting dates October 16-18, 2019
Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS)
MATS is the largest annual event for the heavy-duty trucking industry.
- Estimated 2019 economic impact: $25 million
- Meeting dates March 28-30, 2019
Archery Trade Association (ATA)
The archery and bowhunting industry’s largest show.
- Estimated 2019 economic impact: $8.2 million
- Meeting dates January 10-12, 2019
National Association of Fleet Administrators Institute & Expo
The world’s premier not-for-profit association for professionals who manage fleets of sedans, law enforcement vehicles, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes.
- Estimated 2019 economic impact: $1.7 million
- Meeting dates April 15-17, 2019
International Converting Exhibition USA (ICE USA)
The leading event in the Americas for the converting of paper, film, foil, nonwovens and other flexible web-based materials.
- Estimated 2019 economic impact: $1.1 million
- Meeting dates April 9-11, 2019
Research Chefs Association (RCA)
Offers the best in education from leading food industry professionals, invaluable networking opportunities and a Culinology® Expo that features the latest in food science and product development.
- Estimated 2019 economic impact: $856,659
- Meeting dates March 13-15, 2019
The full list can be found at: