World of Concrete hits seven-year high
Attendees reach 60,000; exhibitors exceed 1,530.
World of Concrete 2016 exceeded expectations across the board. The signature event for the concrete industry drew 60,110 registered professionals, up from 55,779 in 2015, and featured more than 1,532 companies exhibiting across more than 743,889 net square feet of space, an increase of more than 67,000 net square feet from 2015.
This was the largest World of Concrete in seven years. Tom Cindric, Vice President, Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction & Real Estate said: “We are very pleased with the results of the show in all categories from the increase in the number of exhibitors (up almost 300 companies) to the increase in attendees (up 8%) to the increase in the number of seminars taken (up 6%). This helps solidify WOC as the event for concrete & masonry professionals. The positive energy was everywhere on the show floor, and is a boost to the entire industry indicating a strong year ahead.”
This year's Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 competition came right down to the wire and Wacker Neuson's Trowel Challenge drew large crowds as always. Unseasonably cool weather notwithstanding, the show was an unqualified success, with strong crowds and a mood of happy expectation of busy months ahead for the industry.
Other highlights of the 2016 edition included the opening ceremony awarding the World of Concrete Legacy Award to recipient Ward Malisch. Malisch's work history has given him a wide perspective on the concrete industry. He taught at several universities; worked for the contractor that built Missouri's first nuclear power plant; joined the World of Concrete seminar staff; became editor in chief of Concrete Construction magazine; left to be director of engineering at ACI; joined the PCA as director of educational services; returned as editor in chief of CC; and back to ACI as senior managing director. Currently, he is the technical director for the ASCC, where he spends most of his time as a contractor advocate.
Also presented was the Weatherton Scholarship, providing funds to help the next generation of concrete professionals attending the CIM (Concrete Industry Management) Program. Jerhard Evangelista, from New Jersey Institute of Technology was the recipient of the $2,500 scholarship.
In addition, CIM held its annual unreserved silent and live auctions at World of Concrete. The silent and live auctions raised an initial tally of approximately $900,000. More information on the CIM Program can be found at www.concretedegree.com.
The April/May edition of Contractor Supply magazine will contain a full report on the 2016 World of Concrete.