Thank you for making TCI EXPO 2019 the biggest event in TCIA history!
TCI EXPO, the world’s largest tree care industry and trade show, just wrapped up and it was our biggest show ever! Held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, TCI EXPO 2019 drew more than 4,000 tree care professionals from across the globe for three days of business, safety and arboriculture workshops and seminars. While there, they also had the chance to see live tree climbing demonstrations; engage in networking opportunities; compete in skills competitions; visit the brand-new Unboxing Ring; and the chance to visit our 250 plus exhibitors showcasing the latest tree care products and services.
You can view photos from TCI EXPO 2019 on our Facebook page.
Before the official unveiling of the tradeshow floor of TCI EXPO we had full-day pre-conference workshops and education. This year’s pre-conference workshops included; sold out CTSP, Crew Leader Qualification, and Crane Crew Training Workshops, as well as an EHAP Workshop, a PHC Strategies Workshop, and a TCIA Accreditation Workshop.
Missed any of these workshops? Stay tuned on TCIA.org as we are constantly adding events and workshops.
This year our welcome reception was held in the Great Hall at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. While there, attendees had opportunities to network with one another, take a tour of the stadium, or head out onto the bleachers for a picture. The event was a huge success thanks in part to Vermeer for helping us host this event and to the attendees for bringing the party!
New for TCI EXPO 2019 was the Unboxing Ring. The Unboxing Ring provided attendees a chance to see the newest climbing and rigging gear right out of the box and in action. Our industry training experts used an overhead truss system to demonstrate the capability of these products.
The companies featured in our first ever Uboxing Ring were; Ronin, All Gear, Inc., Teufelberger, Pelican Rope, Samson Rope, LogOX, and Petzl. If you didn’t see the Unboxing Ring Presentations, check out our YouTube channel for what you missed.
Back for 2019 was the Skills Arena. The skills arena had teams of 3-4 competing in a variety of skill set games including chain saw use, climbing and rigging. The instruction and demonstrations were provided by our Crown PACT partner North American Training Solutions.
All our teams were fantastic competitors, but only a select few came out on top. Our winners received a prize bundle of some incredible arborist gear including rope, PPE, and more!
Student Career Days
In addition to the trade show and conference, TCI EXPO hosted a Student Career Days (SCD) event, which drew over 150 students from 20 college and vocational students from across the country. These students were given the opportunity to network, attend educational sessions, and explore potential career paths.
While at SCD the students participated in a wide variety of events such as; a discussion panel with tree care industry experts, participating in skill-based activities, attending a job fair, and so much more!
On the final day of SCD we revealed the Gear Up powered by STIHL winners!
Our winners for 2019 were:
- Allegany College of Maryland, Cumberland, MD
- Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, OR
- Huntly College of Agriculture, Ponoma, CA
- University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
- Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA
Congratulation to this year’s winners! Be sure to keep an eye on OutsideCareers.org for more information about when the 2020 applications will be accepted.
Thank you for another fantastic TCI EXPO
TCI EXPO 2019 was a huge undertaking, but thanks to our staff and the support from our sponsors we were able to pull it off. TCI EXPO was sponsored in part by Crown PACT Partners Altec, Arbortech, Bandit, Custom Truck One Source, Husqvarna, Morbark, North American Training Solutions, Sennebogen, and Vermeer and Branch PACT Partners Arborjet and Green Manufacturing. Root and Seed PACT partners include AP Equipment Financing, Avant Tecno USA, Oakmont Capital Services, Service Pro, Samson, Sherrill Tree, and Single Ops, and Fanno, Navitas Credit Corp, Mauget, Northern Atlantic Financial, Teupen, and Weaver Arborist respectively.
Join the Tree Care Industry Association in Baltimore, Maryland, next year for TCI EXPO 2020! It will take place from October 29th to the 31st so mark your calendars. Next year will be even bigger! With more vendors, more space, and even more fun, it is no surprise that the tradeshow floor is already sold out!