Pennsylvania pipeline contractor sees CONEXPO-CON/AGG as a yardstick for growth
By Jenny LescohierNovember 22, 2022
For Brex Enterprises, CONEXPO-CON/AGG is an opportunity to track company growth and learn about what’s coming next in construction.
Formerly Brentzel Excavation, LLC, Brex Enterprises is a WBE-certified pipeline maintenance and services contractor based in Irwin, Pennsylvania. Founded in 2012 by Andrew (A.J.) Brentzel and Alicia Brentzel, the company now includes four generations of construction experience.
Alicia Brentzel, president, says the show - held next March 14-18, 2023 in Las Vegas - always makes a positive impact on their business. Here’s what she had to say:
What have you discovered at the show that’s been a gamechanger for your business?
Brentzel: It’s our software, HeavyBid from HCSS. With only one estimator, it was getting near impossible to keep up with bids and translate that information to our field crews effectively. We previewed the software at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 and finally purchased it this year. So far it’s made a huge impact and it’s still early in our adoption.
How else has your attendance at CONEXPO-CON/AGG been good for your business?
Brentzel: We’ve implemented a lot of equipment technology that we identified at the show, and met some amazing peers whose friendship and insight we value very much. The 2023 show will be our fourth, and we can confidently say the show has positively impacted our business every time.
It’s a valuable, one-stop-shop event. We use it as a “marking point” in our business. It’s a good way to reflect back on the prior three years and celebrate how far we’ve come.
What is your favorite CONEXPO-CON/AGG memory?
Brentzel: One of our favorite memories is getting our team picture taken in front of a Link-Belt 750 excavator at the 2017 show. We made a promise to have that excavator in our fleet by 2020, and we celebrated meeting that goal at the show.
What would you say to someone thinking about attending?
Brentzel: I think some might see the travel cost and lost revenue as an obstacle to attending, but what they need to focus on is the efficiency of having all the greatest technology, biggest players and educational opportunities all in one place - you won’t find that opportunity anywhere else.
What are you most looking forward to at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023?
Brentzel: We’re certainly looking forward to seeing all the latest technology and celebrating with our employees in March.