World of Concrete 2014 show results
World of Concrete 2014 wrapped up another successful show
Celebrating 40 years of industry excellence, World of Concrete 2014 wrapped up another successful show January 20-24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The signature event for the concrete industry drew over 48,000 registered professionals, and featured more than 1,250 companies exhibiting across more than 570,000 net square feet of space.
World of Concrete opened Tuesday, January 21, with former Las Vegas Mayor and Host Committee Chairman Oscar Goodman with his signature martini in hand, flanked by two Las Vegas showgirls. “World of Concrete is one of our favorite conventions and meetings,” said Goodman, who was the mayor from 1999 to 2011. “We thank you for making Las Vegas its permanent home,” said Goodman, who also read city and county proclamations, congratulating World of Concreteon its 40th anniversary. Goodman was joined by Rick McConnell, President, Hanley Wood Exhibitions, Tom Cindric, Vice President, Hanley Wood Exhibitions, and Rossi Ralenkotter, CEO and President of the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority.
The first World of Concrete show was held in Houston in 1975. World of Concrete first show in Las Vegas took place in 1976, with 103 total exhibitors – less than one-tenth of the 2014 total. Since then, all of the show’s attendance and square footage records have been set in Las Vegas.
Cindric also announced the first recipient of the World of Concrete Legacy Award, Bob Weatherton, who also was selected as one of Concrete Construction magazine’s Most Influential People and featured in January 2014 issue. In addition, a $5,000 World of Concrete Weatherton Scholarship has been created to benefit students considering a career in the concrete industry.
World of Concrete participated in the 2014 International Buyer Program for the 9th consecutive year. World of Concrete Management and the U.S. Commercial Service cooperated in the global promotion of the show to bring international buyers and U.S. exhibitors together to expand business both domestically and overseas. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Commerce has selected World of Concrete for the International Buyer Program (IBP) for the 2015 edition. World of Concrete Show Director, Jackie James, reports that more than 18 delegations and 114 ShowTime meetings between U.S. manufacturers and international delegation leaders were held during the week and that international attendance was strong.
World of Concrete also presented the results of World of Concrete India, which took place in Hyderabad, India in October 2013, and announced more details on the launch of World of Concrete Europe, which will take place at Intermat in April 2015. Details on both shows can be found on the World of Concrete website.
Unique to World of Concrete is the outdoor exhibits and demonstration area where attendees saw cutting-edge equipment in action. This high-energy, high-impact area gave attendees the opportunity to test new products under real jobsite conditions—giving them the knowledge they need to make educated purchasing decisions. Popular returning events include the John Deere Operator Challenge, Western Star Serious Trucks Challenge, the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® competition, MCAA’s Fastest Trowel on the Block & International Masonry Skills Challenge, SAIA’s Safety Boot Camp, Roller Compacted Concrete LIVE!, Pervious Concrete LIVE!, the new ISEA Fall Protection Showcase, just to name a few.
During the show, World of Concrete and MCAA signed an agreement extending their partnership for another 3 years, which will continue to bring MCAA events such as the Fastest Trowel on The Block and the International Masonry Skills Challenge to World of Concrete, along with a robust education program specifically geared for masonry professionals.
In a remarkable display of skill and speed, Jerry Goodman captured both the First Place and Top Craftsman titles at the 2014 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® during Masonry Madness at World of Concrete on Wednesday. It’s the first time anyone has won both honors in the 11-year history of the event that crowns the World’s Best Bricklayer. Goodman, 56, has been a mason for 40 years and works for Jerry Goodman & Sons Masonry in Blythewood, SC. It was his second appearance at the national event. The 20 contestants qualify to compete in Las Vegas by winning regional events throughout the previous year. For his efforts, Goodman won both $5,000 checks for a total of $10,000 cash, a Ford F-250 XLT 4x4 pickup truck, and many other prizes. Other SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® winners were:
Second PlaceSteve Cleveland
Third PlaceFilipe Orfao
Cookstown, Ontario, Canada
Toughest TenderTony Shelton
During the week, four informative luncheons & forums took place. At the Concrete Homes Luncheon & Forum, sponsored by the Portland Cement Association, Jonathan Smoke, Hanley Wood Chief Economist, described current market conditions in states that have been identified as areas of the greatest risk of damage due to natural disasters such as high wind loads and severe seismic activity. Using data generated by Metrostudy, of key metropolitan areas, Smoke forecasts that 73% of single-family starts in 2014 will be located in these high-risk areas. These results of the exclusive HW research suggest strong market segment growth for concrete home building systems as local jurisdictions adopt stricter building codes.
CIM (Concrete Industry Management) held its annual unreserved silent and live auctions at World of Concrete2014 with all proceeds benefiting the CIM Program. The silent and live auctions raised $810,000 and were deemed a major success. More information on the CIM Program can be found at www.concretedegree.com.
The 12th Annual “Most Innovative Products” Contest showcased the best new products of 2014. Attendees browsed product entries at participating exhibitors’ booths and cast their votes at the show or online to determine the most “innovative product of the year.” Winners will be announced online at www.votemip.com.
To honor hardworking crews in the construction industry, World of Concrete created the “Crews That Rock” contest sponsored exclusively by BASF. Crews submitted stories and photos of their inspiring projects from the past year. This year’s contest included four Grand Prize winners, including an Online
Audience Award and Experts’ Choice Award, in two categories: Commercial/For-Profit and Community Service/Not-for-Profit. All four winners were honored in the Crews That Rock reception at the CC Live booth on Jan. 22, 2014. Dean & Derek, popular radio and TV hosts of DIY Network’s Rock Solid, Indoors Out, and PBS’s Victory Garden, hosted the Crews That Rock 2014 winners’ reception. The winners were:
Commercial/For-ProfitOnline Audience Award Winner: Webcor Builders
Experts' Choice Award Winner: JT Wimsatt Contracting Company, Inc.
Community Service/Not-for-ProfitOnline Audience Award Winner: Denes Concrete Inc.
Experts' Choice Award Winner: Gerace Construction Company, Inc.
Additional information on these winners can be found at www.crewsthatrock.com.
World of Concrete 2015 will be held Feb. 3-6; Seminars Feb. 2-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.
About the Author
Steven Pomerantz is the Marketing Manager for Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction and Real Estate and the World of Concrete.