A Chatham-Kent public works crew blocks off Thames St. downtown in anticipation of flood waters on February 23, 2018. Photo by Mark Brown/Blackburn News.

Municipality gears up for Public Works Trade Show

Residents hoping to gain a better understanding of the public works industry are encouraged to attend an upcoming trade show in Chatham.

The Association of Ontario Road Supervisors (AORS) along with the Chatham-Kent Road Association (CKRA) will be hosting the 2019 AORS Municipal Public Works Trade Show on June 5 and 6.

“This is a great opportunity for residents to learn more about what we do and to see the vehicles and technologies that assist us with our daily work,” said Glenn Harding, chairperson of the trade show. “It is also a chance for young adults interested in careers in the heavy equipment industry and public works to gain some hands-on experience.”

According to a media release from the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, the trade show is the “largest of its kind in Ontario”. Those who attend the trade show will be able to see the different tools and methods that go into road, sewer, and water maintenance. The event will showcase 200-300 exhibitors and there will also be simulators for heavy machineries, such as a snow plow or backhoe.

The trade show will take place at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.