Show Report – Florida Ground Water Association Annual Convention & Trade Show 2017

Most people agree, some trade shows turn out better than others.  The factors that determine a successful show can be a new booth display, vendor participation, attendance, the trade organization, and others.  This year’s Florida Ground Water Association (F.G.W.A.) annual convention and trade show was successful for all of these reasons and many more.

For the Atlantic Supply team, the weekend started early as representatives from Geoprobe Systems® held a training class on Thursday morning at the host hotel, the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida.  In the picture above, Geoprobe® employees Kenny Thompson, Lee Shaw, Todd Courbot, and John Martinuzzi (not pictured) install a Geoprobe® model SP16 Ground Water Sampler for the crew from Atlantic Supply.  Atlantic Supply is an authorized stocking distributor of Geoprobe Systems® Tooling and Consumable products, which are stocked at all five Atlantic Supply stores.  Atlantic Supply would like to thank the crew from Geoprobe Systems® for their efforts on Thursday and during the entire show.

At the end of 2015, Atlantic Supply revamped their website and the company logo as well.  In the picture above, the Atlantic Supply booth featured not only the new company logo but the addition of new product lines including Geoprobe Systems®, Bestolife Corporation, and Infinity Tool Manufacturing.

Bestolife Corporation, based in Dallas, Texas, is a manufacturer of quality thread compounds for drilling tool joints for the water well, geotechnical, and horizontal directional drilling (HDD) industries.  During the show, Bestolife Marketing Manager, Mark Porter, answered attendee questions and handed out free samples of their “Stinger” brand lubricants for both Environmental (metals free) and All-Season (heavy duty) applications.

Infinity Tool Mfg representatives Todd Taylor (co-owner) and Ronnie Edwards (sales manager) introduced their comprehensive line of PDC bits for water well and HDD applications.  Based in Benton, Illinois, Infinity Tool Mfg manufactures PDC bits which can be used in place of traditional roller cone bits by offering higher penetration rates, a longer service life and the option of being re-built.  Also, all PDC bits and components manufactured by Infinity Tool are 100% made in the USA.

On Friday evening the show attendees and exhibitors gathered outside for a few hours of fellowship and cocktails as Atlantic Supply and Geoprobe Systems® proudly co-sponsored this years Friday Night Reception.  During the reception attendees were able to bid on silent auction items and a large raffle was held as well.  It was reported by the F.G.W.A. staff that not only was the trade show hall sold out but the number of attendees was well over 500 people, a new record!

During the reception, attendees were able to get an up close view of three Geoprobe® machines including the 6712DT (pictured), a 7822DT, and the 3230DT, a robust machine that was used earlier in the day during their field demonstration.  For more information on these and other technical drilling machines, call Geoprobe Systems® direct at 800-436-7762 or visit

As you can see, this years show was a great success.  The management and staff at Atlantic Supply would like to thank our vendors, new and old alike, for their continued support.  A big thank you to the staff at F.G.W.A. for a great show, interesting CEU courses, and their tireless efforts.  Most importantly, thank you to our customers for your patronage and for putting your trust in our brand and our people.

For more information on these and other quality drilling products, contact your local Atlantic Supply store or shop on-line 24/7 at