Today at WWETT: Education and Networking

After the move-in. Training sessions and Kickoff Party top day’s events with seminar on how plumbers can make more money set for Thursday
Today at WWETT: Education and Networking

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The 2016 Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show officially kicks off today with Education Day at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

The day — filled with educational and training seminars — begins at 8 a.m. and runs through 5:30 p.m.

Several sessions this year specifically target plumbers, with Steve Huff of Steve Huff Plumbing speaking on “How Self-Employed People Can Make More Money” from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Thursday.

Even if you’re not at this year’s show, you’ll certainly want to check out his Q&A on the topic.

Friday, Anja Smith of All Clear Plumbing takes on the hot-button subject of “Plumbers vs. Technicians: The Slow Decline of the Tradesman” from 11 a.m. to noon in rooms 133-135. Be sure to read the Q&A.

Today’s Education Day is capped by the Kickoff Party from 5-8 p.m. inside Lucas Oil Stadium.

Check out the behind-the-scenes video:

Earlier this week, exhibitors were busy washing down and detailing their trucks. The process began on Sunday in preparation for the opening of Thursday’s show floor exhibit.

Brothers Travis and Derek Ouimet spent most of Sunday preparing the Transway Systems truck for the WWETT Show.

Travis was excited for his first experience at the show and was spending Sunday shining up the impressive truck the company brought down from Toronto.

“It’s going to be good for me to see the other trucks and equipment here,” Travis says. “I’m excited to experience this for the first time.”

View the truck wash:

Transway Systems is showing a truck they manufactured for Aqua Drain Sewer Services in Ottawa, Ontario. The truck sports a checkered flag wrap on the front and the rest of the truck is a dark blue color.

“I figured with the show being in Indianapolis that this truck with the checkered flag would be a good fit,” says Gary Robinson of Transway.

The truck, mounted on a Western Star twin steer tandem chassis, sports a 2,500-gallon waste collections tank, 1,200-gallon water tank and a fully enclosed heated and insulated 6,400 cfm blower with 27-inch vacuum. It has a 26-foot, 8-inch hydraulic boom.

Robert Anotts with Hi-Vac Corporation was cleaning one of his company’s trucks Sunday afternoon. Saturday’s snow made the vehicles a bit messy.

 “We’ll be working at this for a while today,” Anotts says. “We’re going to get it looking real nice for the show.”

Manufacturers spent much of Sunday shining up their trucks. Alex Lautwein was working on detailing the front of a bright red Vactor truck in the Wastequip booth.

“I’m not looking forward to the chrome on this, it’s going to take a lot of scrubbing,” Lautwein says.

The fine art of detailing: See how it’s done:

Getting all the trucks on the show floor is no easy task. Daryl McFadden and his crew at K-Rae Transportation spent Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday detailing 30 of the trucks.
“We specialize in moving trucks around the United States and Canada to different shows and then cleaning them,” McFadden says of his Streator, Illinois-based company.

For the 2016 WWETT Show, McFadden began moving assets around a week prior to the event.

 “I had a driving crew here Monday, and Tuesday we had a detailing crew in already,” McFadden says. “We take the trucks through wash, bring them into the hall and then the detail crew gets them all shined up.”

The toughest part of the cleaning of the trucks is the aluminum.

“It’s tough getting them clean, but they want them shining and looking brand-new.”

Following the show, crews return to Indianapolis to drive the trucks to their next destination.

It’s all a part of move-in days at the WWETT Show.


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