Jan 17, 2013

Charlotte Welcomes the Show for Snow

APWA and the North Carolina Chapter are proud to bring the 2013 Show for Snow to one of America’s prominent Ice Belt cities: Charlotte, North Carolina! With a variety of winter weather events occurring in the Ice Belt annually, and even as far south as Dallas and Atlanta in recent years, it’s important to remember that winter maintenance is more than just snow removal.
 
With that in mind, the 2013 North American (Not Just) Snow Conference promises to be the best yet! Attendees will have the opportunity to sit in on one of the many outstanding educational sessions featuring the very best in snow and ice control, or take in the expansive lineup of fleet and emergency management solutions that fits their needs. They’ll also have an opportunity to visit the exhibit floor to network with peers and vendors as they discover the industry’s latest cutting-edge technologies, equipment and processes needed to help keep communities safe next winter! Join your fellow snowfighters at the Show for Snow in Charlotte, April 7-10.
 
The Queen City is the largest and most accessible city between Washington, D.C., and Dallas. Due to its mid-Atlantic location, getting to Charlotte is easy from anywhere in the country, hence its nickname “the International Gateway to the South.” But there’s a lot more to experience in Charlotte! Beyond the modern skyline of Center City you’ll find streetcar-era communities where buildings range from vintage factories to grand southern estates. Check out one of the many NASCAR race shops in the area or take time to admire turn-of-the-century architecture and traditional tree-lined thoroughfares on your way to one of Charlotte’s award-winning soul food, BBQ or international restaurants. When the sun goes down, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained at the NC Music Factory where you can discover some of the coolest bars, restaurants, pubs and live music set amid historic mill buildings. Located just a few blocks from your hotel is the EpiCentre, a dining and entertainment hub where restaurants and nightspots surround an open air pavilion with views of the Charlotte skyline. For those looking for a quiet place to unwind after a long day at the Snow Conference, Mecklenburg County is home to more than 210 parks located on more than 17,600 acres of land. All of this within walking distance or a short taxi, bus or trolley ride from the Snow Conference hotels!
 
Charlotte is also home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which will be hosting the Show for Snow’s Tuesday evening reception this year. The NASCAR Hall of Fame was built to honor the sport’s history, its moments and its best drivers while also functioning as a tribute to the sport’s passionate fans. You’re in for a full-throttle experience during this final evening of the 2013 Snow Conference. Enjoy food and drink while you discover three floors of NASCAR history and amazing artifacts. Get your adrenaline racing as you challenge your friends at more than 50 interactive experiences that will be available like the tire-changing stations, realistic racing simulators and broadcast booth. You’ll also have a chance to check out the Hall of Fame inductees, explore their backgrounds and even cast your vote for the next Hall of Fame class. Whether you’re a history buff, a die-hard NASCAR fan or just looking to share the experience with your peers, you’re sure to be in for a night of pedal-to-the-metal fun!
 
Along with a great city and fun social events, the Snow Conference will offer outstanding education and exhibit programs at the Charlotte Convention Center.
 
The 2013 exhibit floor promises to be the best yet, with this year’s conference schedule providing more exhibit open hours for you to explore the floor and talk with the exhibitors that bring you everything you need to help keep the streets clear and your community safe when winter comes around. More than 120 companies will be showcasing everything from innovative new equipment and groundbreaking technologies to products and services focused on snow and ice removal, winter road maintenance, and streets and fleet operations.
 
The education program has been developed by a committee of APWA members and winter maintenance professionals, and it really delivers this year, with longer sessions and more variety. In addition to the usual Winter Maintenance and Weather presentations, we’ve added tracks for Emergency Management, Fleet and Sustainable Winter Operations.
 
This year’s Talk Show session is titled Public Works and Emergency Response. This interactive session will be led by a panel of experts from all across North America who will lend their experience and provide strategies on emergency management and incident command that you’ll be able to take back to your agency after the conference.
 
The Tuesday General Session will feature keynote speaker and NASCAR legend, Jeff Hammond. Jeff began his NASCAR career in 1974 working as a tire changer for Walter Ballard. After joining Cale Yarborough for three Winston Cup championship seasons and one more with Darrell Waltrip, he was promoted to the head crew chief position in 1982. As the old saying goes, “the rest is history”—Hammond set the sport on its ear, winning two more championships with Waltrip and amassing 43 wins as crew chief. Jeff now provides commentary for FOX, FX and the Speed Channel. Always entertaining, Jeff’s session will provide a unique perspective on success and how to overcome the obstacles you encounter each and every day.
 
Back by popular demand is the Winter Maintenance Supervisor Certificate Workshop, which made its premiere as a pilot program at the 2011 Snow Conference in Spokane. Designed for individuals charged with supervising their winter maintenance operations, this one-day workshop provides a well-rounded overview of all aspects of snow and ice control. Held on the first day of the conference, this workshop provides a great foundation for deeper investigation into specific topics of interest throughout the rest of the conference.
 
Our exhibitors have some knowledge to share too. There will be special 45-minute sessions in the Exhibitor Solutions Theater located on the exhibit floor. Presenters will demonstrate how their company’s technology or service provides a solution that addresses the needs of the snowfighting industry.
 
The conference ends on Wednesday with technical tours. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose between the Charlotte Street Maintenance Facility Tour, Freightliner Trucks Mount Holly Plant Tour or the Michael Waltrip Racing Shop Tour.
 
Charlotte Street Maintenance Facility Tour: The Charlotte Department of Transportation Northwest Operations Yard and Administrative Facility is a state-of-the-art facility, built in 2006. This tour will highlight the division’s snowfighting equipment, 5,000-ton salt storage building and its highly-effective salt brine manufacturing system with 10,000 gallons salt brine and 5,000 gallons calcium chloride storage capacity. Technicians from the City of Charlotte’s Fleet Management Division will be on hand to demonstrate the tools and equipment used to fight snow and ice on more than 5,200 lane miles of city roadway and maintain the over 6,200+ pieces of rolling and non-rolling stock used throughout the city and county. This tour also functions as the hands-on supplement to the educational session “Biodiesel in Winter – What You Need to Know.” As an extension of that educational session, you will also be performing easy biodiesel testing that you can take back to work.
 
Freightliner Trucks Tour: This tour takes you to Freightliner Trucks’ Mount Holly Plant. Thanks to their more than 630,000 square feet of floor space and approximately 1,550 employees, the Mount Holly facility was recently able to celebrate the production of its 500,000th vehicle—a Freightliner Business Class M2. Opened in 1979, the Mount Holly Plant originally produced long-haul heavy-duty Freightliner trucks for customers in the eastern United States and Canada. Discover the major renovation and expansion that took place in 2002 that readied the plant for M2 production and allowed them to hit this historical milestone.
 
Michael Waltrip Racing Shop Tour:Located in Cornelius, N.C., the Michael Waltrip Racing Shop encompasses over 11 acres and more than 140,000 square feet of NASCAR excitement. Opened in 2007, the complex houses Michael Waltrip Racing’s three SPRINT Cup Series race teams: Clint Bowyer (#15 5 Hour Energy Toyota Camry), Mark Martin (#55 Aaron’s Toyota Camry) and Martin Truex Jr. (#56 NAPA Toyota Camry). During this tour, you’ll observe the inner workings of production such as the machine shop, shocks, suspension, gears and transmission, paint booth, fabrication and final assembly departments as technicians build the cars you see every weekend on TV. In addition, you’ll see short films throughout the tour that further detail the immense amount of work it takes to get these machines on the race track. Weather and schedule permitting, attendees can even watch a LIVE Pit Practice session. Following the tour, you’ll be able to visit the Team Store for a memento from your favorite driver to remember this one-of-a-kind tour.
 
Make plans now to attend the 2013 North American Snow Conference in Charlotte! You can find more information and register online at www.apwa.net/snow.