Concrete Products

JUL 2014

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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Page 36 of 95 JuLY 2014 • 35 they were very satisfed with their show expe- rience, AEM notes. For attendees, 97 percent of survey respondents rated the shows as good to excellent, and 85 percent said they would probably or defnitely attend the 2017 events (both metrics up from the 2011 shows). Some 72 percent said they had the authority to make purchasing decisions (in line with 2011). New products continued to be the main draw for attendees: 92 percent cited this as their number-one reason to attend. (In focus groups, international visitors also cited the goal of better understanding the U.S. mar- ket). For exhibitors, 88 percent of survey re- spondents said the shows were high-quality gatherings that benefted their companies (up from 2011), and 79 percent said they already planned to exhibit again in 2017 (another metric that increased from 2011). Some 95 percent reported they were satisfed to very satisfed with the number of attendees (metric increased past two show cycles). "Our goal for 2014 was to increase exhibitor return on investment and it appears we were successful," says ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 Show Management Committee Chair and Manitowoc Co. CEO Glen Tellock. "The time attendees spend at the show must be productive; improvements to wayfnd- ing and the show footprint in 2014 really paid off," adds Committee Vice Chair and Martin Marietta Materials CFO Anne Lloyd. Separately, AEM has presented Statistics Outstanding Merit Awards to 28 manufacturers for exemplary participation in equipment-spe- cifc statistics programs, enhancing the as- sociation's ability to deliver members mean- ingful benchmarking and business-planning information. The association operates more than 245 unique product statistics-reporting programs, ranging from county-level retail sales data in North America to shipments data on a worldwide basis. The AEM statistics merit awards recognize manufacturers' timely and accurate data sub- mission, meeting attendance and timely re- sponses to ballots, audits and surveys during the calendar year. Awarded companies have re- ceived a cumulative performance rating of 90 percent or better. To promote the highest level of statistics program quality, the awards now signify corporate-wide performance, with all company divisions needing to achieve winning scores. AEM statistics programs are web-based and use a uniform reporting platform adopted by the Intercontinental Statistics Committee. U.S. Pavement Services, a concrete and asphalt contractor in Woburn, Mass., is leading a national initiative, Pledge to Hire Veterans. "Since the inception of the Pledge in January 2014, U.S. Pavement has encouraged more than 31 companies to take the pledge," says CEO Mike Musto. "U.S. veterans have served and protected our country, so helping this group to gain meaningful employment is the least we can do to thank them for their sacrifce. Veterans are well trained, skilled, structured and ready to work." U.S. Pavement has hired four full-time veterans, including Steve Bohn, former U.S. Army Specialist of the 101st Airborne Divi- sion. Bohn's relationship with the company began in June 2013 at Boston's famed Fen- way Park during a pre-game charity event in partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project. He was hired in March 2014 to spearhead the Pledge program. As part of his duties, Bohn oversees interfacing with local and national com- panies in order to help them facilitate the hiring of veterans. "As the frst step in this campaign, U.S. Pavement is ask- ing companies to hire one veteran," Bohn notes, adding that companies may quali- fy for federal tax credits, up to $9,600 for each veteran hired. BRIEFS ORGANIZATIONS

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