Attendees from across the country gathered in Louisville, Kentucky, at The Utility Expo (formerly ICUEE) September 28-30. It was the first in-person trade show since the pandemic for many attendees and exhibitors. The pandemic brought on innovative ideas from manufacturers who showcased those innovations at the show, and MWS is here to report.


Thunder Creek launched a new Service and Lube Upfit (SLU) for industrial and construction operations. Thunder Creek designed the SLU specifically for tight urban roads and compact jobsites. It can carry up to eight oils or fluids as well as diesel, DEF, grease, and compressed air. A VMAC air compressor powers the system. Further, operating the SLU doesn’t require a CDL or HAZMAT endorsement. Find out more about the SLU at


Sage Oil Vac showcased a head-to-head matchup of its vacuum pressure system and a competing hydraulic pump system. After seeing the systems side-by-side, the sheer speed of the Sage Oil Vac system was enough to impress anyone. Sage Oil Vac also showcased new innovations to its Class 5 and Class 7 lube truck bodies at the booth. These innovations include LED fluid level indicators and controls located in the back with the fluid reels. There is also a standard filter receptacle and a five-drawer set for tool storage. See more at


DewEze showcased its R/T Bed, or Reel Transport Bed, at The Utility Expo. It’s a self-loading reel lift that loads and transports utility wire or cable right on the bed of the truck—no need for a trailer. This lift allows for a one-man operation. It can accommodate innerduct reels, hand holes, frame poles, and more. Give it a peek at


For those in need of mobile power, Vanair has something new on the scene. The brand introduced a new product line—EPEQ Electrified Power Equipment. Powered by Vanair’s ELiMENT Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries, this product line allows users to run equipment with their vehicle’s engine turned off. Users can mount the independent EPEQ system on or within vehicles or trailers. The system even works with electric vehicles. The EPEQ lineup produces zero emissions, reduces noise, heat, and weight, and it can also reduce maintenance costs. See the full lineup at

SEE YA IN 2023

This year’s Utility Expo saw more than 900 exhibitors over more than 32 acres of show floor, both indoors and outdoors. We can’t wait to see how much bigger and better it gets in 2023!


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