World of Concrete Brings the Industry Together

📅   Wed February 08, 2017 - National Edition


The Ritchie Bros. booth was busy throughout the show. (L-R) are Ramiro Esparza, regional sales manager of Mexico; Irish Worthy, territory sales support representative; Alley Toser, programs training manager; and Andy Foster, events coordinator.
The Ritchie Bros. booth was busy throughout the show. (L-R) are Ramiro Esparza, regional sales manager of Mexico; Irish Worthy, territory sales support representative; Alley Toser, programs training manager; and Andy Foster, events coordinator.
The Ritchie Bros. booth was busy throughout the show. (L-R) are Ramiro Esparza, regional sales manager of Mexico; Irish Worthy, territory sales support representative; Alley Toser, programs training manager; and Andy Foster, events coordinator. Greg Petherbridge, Chicago Pneumatic’s North American sales manager for hydraulic attachments, demonstrates the RX2, the lightest breaker in the company’s product line. Digga introduced its new innovative MM-10K screw anchor drives system, which is a lightweight hand-held screw anchor drive system used for installation of screw anchor piles in confined or low access sites — a requirement in all new construction in coastal flood areas of the United States. Canada is considering similar requirements. President of Digga North America Steve Hoeger (L) discusses the MM-10K with Justin Fournier of Saskatoon Concrete Ltd. The Schwing Concrete Pumping Systems booth drew plenty of interest, especially for its new S 38 SX, a first-of-its-kind, five-section boom. Tim Goodroad, marketing and development of Schwing America Inc., said, “The [S 38 SX] is destined to be the most popular boom in our lineup with job forward articulation that hyper extends at every section to exceed the capabilities of traditional Z and roll and fold booms.” World of Concrete attendees flocked to the GOMACO exhibit to see the new Commander IIIx, which can now slipform a 24 in. (610 mm) radius. The Commander IIIx also features the GOMACO Three-Sensor Radius System for Stringline or Connect to 3D Guidance. Territory Managers Troy Motz (L) and Craig DeKarske were on hand to answer questions about the Merlo line of telehandlers. AppliedMachinery Sales of Rock Hill, S.C., is the exclusive importer of Merlo and operates under the name AMS-Merlo. Representing Deutz at World of Concrete (L-R) are David Johnson, manager, OEM technical service; Jeff Wolfe, marketing manager; Terry Boese, business development manager; Jim McGowan, regional business development manager; Steve Corley, chief sales officer; Max Thomason, regional business manager; and John Dutcher, director, regional sales. Brad Bowman, owner of Star Equipment, with four locations in Iowa and a Wacker Neuson dealer, stands next to the new Wacker Neuson 3001 concrete dumper, a 3-ton dumper outfitted with a specially designed concrete chute that allows precise placement of product. At the Caterpillar booth with a Cat 918M wheel loader is the crew from Crow River Construction of New London, Minn. (L-R): Owner Kraig Hanson, Equipment Operator Jacob Bengson and Estimator Devon Lien. Hanson said that he buys his company’s Cat equipment from Ziegler Cat in Bloomington, Minn. “They offer great equipment, great parts and service,” he said. “We are really happy with our Cat Equipment and push it hard in the field.” Rick and Robin Nation from Springfield, Ore., Nation’s Mini-Mix, a small yardage concrete specialist, are checking out the new Bobcat T595 track loader. “This is a great show for concrete people like us,” said Rick. “Great equipment and lots to see.” (L-R): The GPlant crew out of Midlands, England, came all the way across the pond to take a look at all the new equipment and services for the concrete industry at WOC 2017. (L-R): Owner Gary Plant with HitchDoc Vice President Chad Mohns; GPlant operators Trevor Bell and Tom Burrows look over this HitchDoc innovative 6 way 96-in. skid steer blade. HitchDoc of Jackson Minn., debuted new innovative attachments at WOC 2017. (L-R): Rodney Hart, maintenance manager of the Rancho Murrieta Association, in California, picks up some upcoming equipment auction information from IAA Auctions Executive Director Michael Cole and National Account Manager Patrick O’Connor, headquartered in Chicago, Ill. Roger Magers (L), western regional sales manager, and Gary Knudsen, regional sales manager, both of Felling Trailers, Sauk Centre, Minn. “This is a great show … lots of buyers this year,” said Knudsen. (L-R): Allied Construction Products, Cleveland, Ohio, had a great booth with a comprehensive line of breakers and heavy-duty attachments for the demolition and concrete industry. Experts on hand were Sales Support Manager Kelly Desmond, District Manager Brian Wise, President and CEO Phillip M. Paranic, and Rammer Breakers Division Manager Scott Davison. Jeff Haugen (L), president, and Eric Halverson, sales representative, both of Haugen Attachments, Casselton, N.D., stand with their new Smart Hook telehandler weighing system, which debuted at World of Concrete 2017. The system has a wireless design and sends weight info directly to the cab for the hanging weight on your telehandler. Haugen said that the system is an industry first and that his company has received huge interest in this product. Jeff Fisher (L), major accounts manager, and Scott Walter, vice president of major accounts, represented IronPlanet at World of Concrete. The team from Powder River Construction in Gillette, Wyo., stopped by the huge Wirtgen Group display to check out the SP 64i slipform paver. (L-R) are Lance Walker, Mike Gross and Chad Heidrich, all of Powder River, and Wirtgen Concrete Paving Product Specialist Russell Perry. Vacuworx Design Engineer Justin Hendricks (L) and Rich Prosser, sales director, Great Lakes region, demonstrate the new SS-2 skid steer vacuum lifting system, capable of lifting more than 2,700 lbs. (1,225 kg)

World of Concrete 2017 provided exhibitors with a hugely successful platform to start the year off strong, packing the show floor with qualified industry-related attendees ready to make purchasing decisions on the latest equipment, products and technologies available. Many exhibitors commented WOC 2017 was one of the best shows in recent memory, resulting in a 73 percent rebook on booth space for WOC 2018.

This international event for the concrete and masonry industries, and the first annual event of the year, drew 50,770 registered professionals and featured more than 1,455 companies exhibiting across more than 681,196 net sq. ft. of space.

“We are very pleased with the results of this 2017 event,” said Tom Cindric, senior vice president, Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction & Real Estate. “As the construction industry continues with its upward momentum over the past few years, World of Concrete has successfully kept pace, providing the industry with the latest products, technologies and educational offerings. This once again positions WOC as THE event for concrete and masonry professionals.”

Jackie James, director of World of Concrete, added, “Exhibitors and attendees seemed very pleased with WOC 2017 from the show floor to the educational opportunities. 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. International attendance was strong with representation from India, Italy, Philippines, Costa Rica, Brazil, China, Japan, South Korea, Chile, Argentina and many other countries.”

Also presented was the Weatherton Scholarship, providing funds to help the next generation of concrete professionals attending the CIM (Concrete Industry Management) Program. Dan Regad, from New Jersey Science & Technology University, 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 $875,000. More information on the CIM Program can be found at www.concretedegree.com.

World of Concrete 2018 will be held Jan. 23-26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. —CEG