Concrete Products

FEB 2017

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 • February 2017 World of Concrete 2017 evidenced a mid- year enforcement timetable for the Occupa- tional Safety and Health Administration's new respirable crystalline silica exposure threshold covering construction sites and general workplaces. Leading the charge for compliance at the January 17-20, Las Vegas gathering were exhibitors of sawing and drilling equipment—loaded with dust collection devices—along with peers pro- moting cementitious material conveying, handling or dispensing devices with which silica dust can reach agency-reduced levels. Concrete Products observed moderate to strong attendance and traffic through- out the Las Vegas Convention Center North (Producer, Masonry), Central (Equipment) and South (Materials) Halls. Show manag- NEWS SCOPE EVENTS Silica dust exposure protection carries the day at World of Concrete 2017 er Informa Exhibitions reported attendance just shy of 51,000 and 1,455 exhibitors across 680,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. "As construction continues its upward momentum over the past few years, World of Concrete has successfully kept pace, pro- viding the industry with the latest products, technologies, and educational offerings," says Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction & Real Estate Senior Vice President Tom Cindric. "This once again positions World of Concrete as the event for concrete and masonry pro- fessionals." "Exhibitors and attendees seemed very pleased with WOC 2017 from the show floor to the educational opportunities," adds World of Concrete Show Director Jackie James. "Although the show was earlier than in past years, the industry showed up in force to see new products, network with their peers, and prepare for business in 2017." World of Concrete 2018 will run January 23-26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Ohio-based Minnich Mfg. was among drilling equipment exhibitors stepping up dust control measures as contractors approach compliance with an OSHA rule, effective in June, lowering crystalline silica exposure levels. PHOTOS: Concrete Products

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