Concrete Products

MAR 2018

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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22 • March 2018 World of Concrete 2018 logged just over 58,000 registered attendees from the concrete and masonry business, plus 1,567 exhibitors—302 of them new this year—promoting equipment, products, materials and services across nearly 750,000 square feet of Las Vegas Conven- tion Center indoor and outdoor space. The success of the late-January gathering helps solidify World of Concrete as the only annual event for concrete and masonry pro- fessionals, notes Informa Group Director Jackie James. "Having our largest event in nine years proves the construction sector is going strong worldwide," she says. "Participants, both domestic and inter- national, experienced the very best the industry has to offer in terms of suppliers, products, services and education, and we look forward to an even larger World of Concrete 2019." "Our team, along with our service providers, produced a fantastic [2018] show. We saw great attendee numbers, exceptional exhibits, and a very solid rebook of exhibit space for next year's show," adds Show Manager Kevin Archibald. In a nod to a recently departed exhibit space account manager and concrete pumping equipment pioneer, World of Concrete officials have established the Bob Weatherton Award: a $2,500 scholarship for a Concrete Industry Management program student. The inaugural recipient is California State University, Chico's Damien Bonis, whose scholarship application was accompanied by a presentation, "A Con- crete Advantage: How the CIM Program Fosters Unique Research and Internship Opportunities." World of Concrete 2019 will run January 21-25 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. BOOSTED BIDDING World of Concrete day two saw the annual Concrete Industry Man- agement Auction, which grossed $1.1 million from a pool of concrete fleet, plant and construction equipment and material offerings, along with sports, travel and entertainment packages. CIM Auction Commit- tee Chairman Mike Philipps calls the event "our best ever … We had a record in terms of the value of donated items and attendees that helped make this year's event a tremendous success." NEWS SCOPE EVENTS Record CIM Auction attends biggest World of Concrete since 2009 Conducted in Las Vegas Convention Center meeting space above the World of Concrete show floor, the auction had record donated item value, total attendance and gross receipts. New major donors Con- Tech Manufacturing, Inc., Kenworth Truck and Kenworth of Central Florida boosted the auction item pool with a 2018 T880S bearing an 11-yd. BridgeKing mixer (below). PHOTOS: CIM National Steering Committee

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