The 2014 GEAPS Exchange was hosted by the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Their biggest conference ever, they had a record 3,379 attendees and 400 exhibitors in a 200,000 sq. ft. conference hall—with sponsorships by such companies as Leland, Sioux Steel, MillerCoors, and Westeel.
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IBT Hosts Booth
For the first time in several years, IBT Industrial Solutions participated in the GEAPS Expo, part of the 2014 GEAPS Exchange. The Director of Industrial Rubber Products Group, Scott Kesner, co-hosted a booth with Grain Division Production Manager Joe Altenhofen.
“The traffic was very good, and our booth had a great location,” Kesner said. “The majority of our visitors were either grain processors or millwrights.”
New Grain Division at IBT
IBT featured several of the products and services from their new Grain Division at their booth. Launched in 2013, the division is dedicated to servicing the needs of the grain industry.
IBT has a new 48,000 sq. ft. fabrication facility in Wichita, Kansas, that offers a full spectrum of grain products and services, including full fabrication and punching services, using a state-of-the-art, automated 84” hole punching machine. The facility also provides:
- Urethane sheeting
- Ceramic tile
- Conveyor pulleys and idlers
- Custom cut parts, using die and water jet capabilities
Featured Grain Products and Services
At the IBT booth, Kesner and Altenhofen answered questions about:
- Grain belting
- Field vulcanization
- Buckets—polyethylene, nylon, urethane, steel
“We have a vast inventory of grain belting, plus the capability to fabricate it to your specific needs,” Kesner said.
Kesner added that IBT is expanding its grain capabilities, and used the Expo as an opportunity to meet potential new employees for their team. He conducted on-the-spot interviews for candidates for the position of Grain Industry Sales Engineer.
Overall, Kesner said that the 2014 Expo was a success. “We saw lots of new products out there,” he said. “I’m very excited about what’s happening in the industry today.”
GEAPS (Grain Elevator and Processing Society) is the only individual membership organization in the grain industry. It is dedicated to providing members with education and forums on innovations in the grain industry.
The next GEAPS Exchange will be held in St. Louis, Missouri in 2015.