May 20-22, 2019

2019 Longwall USA Exhibition & Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

New Owners Revitalize Longwall USA

Trade show highlights the best in underground coal mining operations

Longwall mining is the safest, most productive underground coal mining method. For more than 20 years now, industry leaders have gathered at Longwall USA, which takes place every two years on the odd years, to see the latest in longwall mining equipment and technology and to learn from their peers.

Coal Age has always been affiliated with Longwall USA and last year its publisher, Mining Media International (MMI), purchased the conference and exposition. Seeing an opportunity for improvement, MMI immediately began to make changes. After reviewing several hotels near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, MMI negotiated better rates for a larger block of rooms. Delegates now have access to affordable rooms at three properties: the Westin, the Marriott Courtyard, and the Drury Inn & Suites.

The timing of Longwall USA was moved to May from June to avoid conflicts with summer holidays. The event will kick off with a reception on the show floor Sunday evening, May 19. The exhibit will run all day Monday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 21 and a half day on Wednesday, May 22. MMI also negotiated with the David L. Lawrence Convention Center to allow exhibitor setup to begin the week prior (May 16-17) for those companies needing extra time to assemble their displays.

Some new sponsorships have been added, but the price for a booth remains the same ($20/ sq ft). MMI will continue to work with Heritage Trade Show Services. Past exhibitors expressed satisfaction with the services they provide and were generally pleased with their ability to minimize drayage fees and decorating costs.

Longwall USA will take place in Hall A, the larger of the three halls at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. While expanded to accommodate more than 150 stands, the floor plan will be organized in a way that makes the presentations the central focus of the exhibit. The Longwall USA executive committee is organizing a program that will attract not only longwall operators, but operators from most underground coal mines. MMI will use Coal Age along with other marketing means to promote the event. The buildup to the event will be transparent with frequent updates to the website (www.longwallusa.com).

Please join us in May 2019 for the three most productive days in underground coal mining.

Thank you.

Steve Fiscor
Publisher & Editor
Mining Media International

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