Emerald Expositions Acquires National Pavement Expo from AC Business Media

October 18, 2016

Just one week after buying the Digital Dealer Conference & Expo, Emerald Expositions has scooped up another show - the National Pavement Expo - from AC Business Media, a business-to-business media company with a portfolio of brands in heavy construction, asphalt, concrete, paving, rental, sustainability, manufacturing, logistics and supply chain markets.

“NPE has a long and storied history in its over 30 years, and we are glad that it will be in the capable hands of one of the top trade show operators in the world, providing many benefits to our loyal attendees and exhibitors,” said Carl Wistreich and Anil Narang, co-owners of AC Business Media.

NPE is the largest trade show specifically designed for paving and pavement maintenance professionals, bringing vendors and suppliers together with contractors who make their living from asphalt and concrete paving, infrared pavement repair, sealcoating, striping, sweeping, crack repair, pavement repair and snow removal.

The next NPE event will be held Feb. 1-4 in Nashville, Tenn., providing four days of seminars and workshops, plus a new Leadership Boot Camp Jan. 31, in addition to access to more than 150 exhibitors profiling products and services on the expo floor.

AC Business Media has retained Pavement Maintenance & Reconstruction magazine, which will continue to be the official publishing partner of NPE and whose team will work closely with the Emerald team on marketing of the event and the development of conference content.

This long-term strategic relationship will enable both organizations to focus their respective resources and expertise on their core competencies and apply best practices across each product line, according to Emerald officials.

Emerald has renamed its “Design” end market to “Design & Construction”, and Joe Randall, executive vice president of Emerald Expositions, will continue to oversee the portfolio of trade shows and conferences across this end market.

“NPE has grown strongly under AC Business Media’s entrepreneurial management,” Randall said. “We’re excited to add the event to our portfolio and will seek to enhance the NPE experience for both attendees and exhibitors by applying our deep event experience, scale benefits and industry-leading best practices.”

Some other shows in the ‘Design & Construction” portfolio include the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, GlobalShop and HD Expo.

Nick Curci, president of Corporate Solutions that handled the transaction, said, “National Pavement Expo is the leading industry event for contractors in the asphalt, concrete paving, sealcoating, striping, sweeping crack sealing, pavement repair and snow removal industries. The event hosts over 500 exhibits each year with over 100,000 net square feet of exhibit space and attracts 3,600 professional attendees. NPE has realized double digit growth over the past several years with its dominance in the pavement industry."

The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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