2024 Operators Expo Recap
2024 Operators Expo Recap

2024 Operators Expo Recap

Southern - Huntingburg, IN / Northern - Akron, IN

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Our Southern and Northern Expos held last month were both big successes. Between our demonstrators and operators, over 500 people attended our Expos this year! The weather in Huntingburg and Akron was picture-perfect. Each day was filled with demos, contests, networking, and…eating! Thanks to our lunch sponsors, we piled our plates high with delicious food. Both events featured our 'famous' hog roast, which was graciously donated and cooked by Water Solutions Unlimited.


The Meter Toss, Backhoe Rodeos, and the Expoo Royal Flush contests provided chances to win cash and prizes, and didn't disappoint in the fun! 1st Place for each contest won $50 cash, and 2nd Place won an Alliance camping chair.  New this year in Huntingburg Was the Clamp Champ contest sponsored by Smyth-Blair.  The 1st place team won a tool bag loaded with gift cards, tools, and prizes, the 2nd place team won restaurant gift cards, and 3rd place team took home lotto tickets. 


The winners of the Regional Water Taste Test were chosen. Fort Wayne emerged victorious in the 2nd Regional Water Taste Test in Huntingburg, while the City of Connersville claimed the top spot in the 3rd Regional Water Taste Test in Akron. Their success is a testament to their commitment to quality and taste. We congratulate them and look forward to their participation in the Best Tasting Water in Indiana Contest, which will be held at the Grand Wayne Convention Center during our Fall Conference.



Huntingburg Meter Toss Winners:

  • Powder Puffs: 1st – Sarah Hartman of Alcoa, 2nd – Alisha Turnbow with IDEM
  • Young Bucks: 1st – Jeremy Wilson of Connersville, 2nd – Chase Crecelius of Patoka Lake
  • Grizzly Ol' Veterans: 1st – Mike Compton of Paoli, 2nd – Bob West of Jasonville


Huntingburg Backhoe Rodeo Winners:

1st – Jake Paterson, Town of Washington

2nd – Johnny Caldwell, City of Madison


Huntingburg Expoo Royal Flush Winners:

1st – Brady Cox, Pike Gibson Water

2nd – Jim Loyd, Town of Washington


Huntingburg Clamp Champ

1st - Andrew Bowden and Brad Elkins of Bloomington

2nd - Jeremy Wilson of Connersville and Darrel Brown of Salem

3rd - Darrel Brown and Anthony Tussey of Salem



Akron Meter Toss Winners:

  • Powder Puffs: 1st – Elisha Winters, American Pump, 2nd – Marcy Coe of Garrett
  • Young Bucks: 1st – Chuck Gavin, Town of Gavin, 2nd – RJ Meeks, Columbia City
  • Grizzly Ol' Veterans: 1st – Grant Kissel of IPW, 2nd – Rick Prater, Town of North Manchester


Akron Backhoe Rodeo Winners:

1st – Tom Rozell, Town of Warsaw

2nd – Nick Rausch, Town of Warsaw


Akron Expoo Royal Flush Winners:

1st – Dustin Forthey, Town of Warren

2nd – Damon Prater, Town of Roann


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2024 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

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From the Desk of AIRW Executive Director, Kristin Bean

In this article, we share our 2024 Legislative Session wrap-up highlights, notes, and information as it pertains to Indiana’s Water and Wastewater Industry. We will also share some highlights from our work on the national level, alongside the lobbyists with National Rural Water Association.

2024 Spring Conference Recap

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A huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Spring Conference at the beautiful French Lick Resort in mid-March!

2024 Best Tasting Water in Indiana Competition

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Presented by Wessler Engineering

We will be holding four "regional" taste tests in 2024. Winners from each region will advance to compete in the “Best Tasting Water in Indiana” at our annual Fall Conference in Fort Wayne, IN.

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National Apprenticeship Week 2023

National Apprenticeship Week 2023

"NAW is a nationwide celebration where industry, labor, equity, workforce, education, and government leaders host events to showcase the successes and value of Registered Apprenticeship for re-building our economy, advancing racial and gender equity, and supporting underserved communities. NAW is an opportunity to highlight how Registered Apprenticeship, a proven and industry-driven training model, provides a critical talent pipeline that can help to address some of our nation’s pressing workforce challenges such as rebuilding our country’s infrastructure, addressing critical supply chain demands, supporting a clean energy workforce, modernizing our cybersecurity response, and responding to care economy issues."

During National Apprenticeship Week 2023, the U.S. Department of Labor will highlight the following key themes:

  • Monday, November 13: Registered Apprenticeship for Youth 
  • Tuesday, November 14: Registered Apprenticeship in New and Emerging Industries
  • Wednesday, November 15: Expanding Registered Apprenticeship to Underserved Populations
  • Thursday, November 16: Women in Registered Apprenticeship
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