Trade Show could provide an opportunity to promote BLR

PALMER RAPIDS – During the regularly scheduled Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan (BLR) April 3 meeting funding was given for a school group and county representatives to attend a trade show.


Steve Boland and Gerry Haley were at the meeting to promote an Association of Ontario Road Supervisors (AORS) 2014 Municipal Public Works Trade Show. Boland, chairperson of the AORS trade show, said that it will be held on June 4 and 5, 2014 in Arnprior, at the Nick Smith Centre and the Arnprior Fairgrounds.
Boland said that they are pleased to host the 26th annual show which was last offered in Renfrew County back in 1992 at the Petawawa Civic Centre.
Boland said there will be about 200 exhibitors setting up booths, representing public works, roads, waste management, consulting engineers and equipment among others.
“If it’s in the public works sector it’s probably represented in some format at the show,” Boland said.
Boland said that the trade show also provides some opportunities for municipalities throughout the county.
Taking a slightly different approach than previous years, Boland says AORS is pleased that the upcoming trade show will be an occasion to promote tourism and economic development in the area.
For example, Boland said that after visiting the area, people may wish to return to spend some leisure time and perhaps a supplier or business might even see it as a great place to set up a part of their business.
Boland encouraged BLR staff to become involved to promote what is in their municipality as well.
“We’re drawing from a large area so if we can promote our front yards and back yards I think that’s a good thing,” Boland said.
Road Superintendent Alvin Kauffeldt said there had been plowing and sanding done along with some banks shoved back, ditches cleaned out and culverts next to be steamed.
Kauffeldt also said the roads were pretty much free of snow and ice now. Some plowing and sanding had been done to deal with some icy conditions.
“Most of the roads are in pretty good shape for this time of year. Some gravelling has been done to potholes in some of the rougher spots,” Kauffeldt said.
Story continues in the April 10, 2013 issue of The Valley Gazette.