The Utility Expo and National Utility Contractors Association Announce Partnership: The “NUCA Lounge” Comes To 2023’s The Utility Expo



MILWAUKEE – The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA), the leading trade association representing the utility construction and excavation industry in the United States, will be introducing an all new “NUCA Lounge” at The Utility Expo, September 26-28, 2023, in Louisville, Kentucky. The NUCA Lounge located in K Lot will be a place for NUCA members to connect with each other and for Chapters to meet while at the show.

NUCA’s nationwide network of state/regional Chapters and member companies represent utility contractors, excavators, suppliers, manufacturers, and other providers in the water, sewer, gas, electric, treatment plant, telecommunications, and excavation industries.

The NUCA Lounge in will serve as a welcoming central gathering point for its members attending The Utility Expo. Hosted by NUCA’s welcoming CEO Doug Carlson, it will be open during trade show hours in K Lot for our members and their guests to use for their convenience and hospitality needs.  

“Underground utility contractors count on The Utility Expo as the place to see the latest equipment and services for the industry. The new NUCA Lounge creates a space where they can gather and meet – surrounded by the equipment they came to see,” said John Rozum, The Utility Expo Show Director. “We’re looking forward to working with NUCA to bring this exciting new opportunity to The Utility Expo.”

NUCA’s core purpose is to improve the operational proficiency and financial performance of its member companies by providing services that focus on shared industry issues. NUCA also works to secure more funding for America’s aging underground infrastructure. Founded in 1964, NUCA is the driving force for improving conditions in the utility construction and excavation industry, for both open-cut and trenchless contractors.

"Everyone needs a welcoming place at a trade show to take a break, meet with colleagues and new contacts, and a place where they can catch up on trade show and industry news,” said Doug Carlson, NUCA’s Chief Executive Officer. “The NUCA Lounge will be the home-away-from-home for our industry’s many show attendees. This industry is known for our friendly hospitality, we want to give our members and guests a convenient place at The Utility Expo where they know they will always be welcome.”

Planning is already underway for The Utility Expo. Registration for the 2023 show, slated for September 26-28, opens in May.

About The Utility Expo

The Utility Expo is the largest event for utility professionals and construction contractors seeking comprehensive insights into the latest industry technologies, innovations and trends. The biennial trade show, known for equipment test drives and interactive product demonstrations, takes place in Louisville, KY. The next edition will be September 28-30, 2021.

About The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA)

Founded in 1964, the National Utility Contractors Association represents more than 1,900 U.S. utility and excavation contractors, manufacturers, and suppliers who provide the materials and workforce to build and maintain our nation’s intricate network of water, sewer, gas, telecommunications, and electric infrastructure. NUCA is found online at, and can be followed on Twitter at @NUCA_National. The association’s Twitter hashtags are #NUCAdigs and #WeDigAmerica.

About the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

AEM is the North America-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers with more than 1,000 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related industry sectors worldwide. The equipment manufacturing industry in the United States supports 2.8 million jobs and contributes roughly $288 billion to the economy every year.