April 2014: From the Editor


April 2014

From the Editor

The Greatest Show on Earth

Jennifer Morrell

Guess who: a person with ice applied to sore knees, pulled back muscles, and more than 20 miles traveled by foot in about three days. Sounds like an athlete, huh? Maybe a NBA or NHL player? Actually, that person is me – after a trip to Las Vegas to cover Conexpo.

Masonry Editor Jennifer Morrell checks out a breaker from Chicago Pneumatic. Masonry Advertising Director Marvin Diamond tests the Hilti TE 30-A36 Cordless Combihammer.

The number of attendees at the 2014 Conexpo-Con/Agg show last month was estimated at 150,000. I believe this estimation to be true. This, the largest trade show I ever have or, most likely, ever will cover, was a booming success. Meeting appointments with our masonry industry clients every half hour sometimes required a light jog across the many concrete lots. All of my time playing Pacman and Frogger as a kid paid off as I maneuvered the aisles of the crowded halls.

This show only takes place every three years, and although the Masonry Magazine team returns feeling a little battered and bruised, we all agree it’s a highly productive trip. Even better than the sprawling array of construction equipment is the variety of attendees from nearly every culture and country you can name. It’s a gentle reminder of just how important our business is – not only in the United States – but around the globe.

If you missed the show this time around, I suggest you try to make the 2017 Conexpo-Con/Agg show. If you did attend Conexpo/
Con/Agg this year, I’d love to learn about your experience and see your photos. Email me at, or post to our Facebook page:

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