World of Concrete Takes Vegas, Exceeds Expectations

Wed February 24, 2016 - National Edition

Marshalltown Company of Marshalltown, Iowa, had a sandcastle expert create this display for its booth at World of Concrete. The company manufactures construction tools for various industries, including masonry and concrete.
Marshalltown Company of Marshalltown, Iowa, had a sandcastle expert create this display for its booth at World of Concrete. The company manufactures construction tools for various industries, including masonry and concrete.
Marshalltown Company of Marshalltown, Iowa, had a sandcastle expert create this display for its booth at World of Concrete. The company manufactures construction tools for various industries, including masonry and concrete. 
Many manufacturers displayed their newest equipment outdoors at World of Concrete. 
(L-R) are Tim Nash, director of concrete products of Wirtgen; Phillip Breedlove, Xernie Merritt and Josh Johnston, all of Concrete Express Inc. of Denver, Colo.
James Bulebush (L) of Drumcutters International discusses his company’s attachment line with Jeff Long of Mesk Construction, Middlebury, Ind.
Tim Hess (L) of Cascade Engine Center discusses Kubota Engines with Kevin Keyes, VP of Kubota Engine America. Cascade is Kubota Engine’s newest distributor and will sell the product in Oregon, Washington and Alaska.
George Thompson, Liebherr’s regional business manager of the western United States, remarked that Liebherr Construction Equipment’s booth was very busy throughout the event. 
(L-R) are Dave Mazzuca, sales consultant of Sonsray Machinery; Ira Davis and John Bauer, both of Case Construction Equipment. Sonsray represents Case in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. It’s a deal. Miriano “Max” Ravazzolo (L) of MB America conducts business with Mike Houston of Totem Equipment of Anchorage, Alaska.
Outside exhibit space allowed for live demos, like the crushing demonstrations put on by MB America.
Drumcutter International’s Tim Schutte (R) discusses the innovative line of attachments with a potential customer at World of Concrete in Las Vegas. Crowds pour into Central Hall for World of Concrete, 2016 to see the displays of equipment and new products. (L-R): John Carpenter, sales manager, Maeda, demonstrates some of the capabilities of the MC 285-2 mini-crane to Mike Miller, Taylor Nash and Darin Schwartz of R&M Concrete in Shipshewana, Ind. (L-R): Eric Massinon of Chicago Pneumatic  details the attributes of the CP-MS 695 rammer to David Marsh, Jaxson Marsh and Jason Buckway, all of Marsh Construction in Ogden, Utah. 
(L-R): Brian and Wanda Sheuchuk, Redhead Equipment of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, learn about the new CC 6000U CombiCutter from Rich Elliot of Atlas Copco. (L-R): Nick, Eric and Luke Modde of Sealco in Columbus, Neb., have just had an in-depth orientation about the all new Vacuworx vacuum lifter attached to a Ditch Witch SK752 mini-skid steer from George Denny of Vacuworx.
David Council (L) of Caterpillar Inc. shows Omar Flores of Bush Construction in Hanford, Calif., the 30th Anniversary, Black-to-Black 420F2 IT backhoe. Omar said his company only uses Caterpillar. 
Roger and Patricia Haftek, New York Concrete Washout of Patterson, N.J., won a model of the Hyundai HL960 at the show. It goes along perfectly with their six real Hyundai excavators. Patricia Haftek said, “We just love this company.” 
Frank Bio (L), Volvo Trucks, talks with Ryan Larsen of Vanguard Truck Centers in Phoenix, Ariz., about the Volvo VHD bridge formula mixer.
(L-R): C.T. Bollinger and Matt Schilling of Earth Works, Lubbock, Texas, ask about the new John Deere 700K “smart grade” from Tim Hilton, John Deere Construction and Forestry. 
Marc Olson of Doosan Infracore International, West Fargo, N.D., shows off the new Doosan DL 220-5 wheel loader. Housby of Des Moines, Iowa, had a display featuring its extensive concrete mixer system division as well as its online auction service, Housby Auctions. It also had an interactive display area for contractors to see the many options Housby has to offer th Debuting at World of Concrete is Schwing’s new SCT Schwing Control Technology. Carl Quist, Schwing electrical designer, demonstrates the many new features and benefits of this concrete mixer.  (L-R) are Brian Wise, district manager; Greg Smith, marketing manager; and Phil Paranic, president and CEO, all of Allied Attachments. They are ready to show off the extensive and versatile line of Allied Rammer attachments. Smith said this has been anot Jeff Haugen (L), sales manager, and Eric Halverson, salesperson of Haugen Attachments, Casselton, N.D., are at World of Concrete to introduce their newest product, the adjustable spreader bar. Doosan Portable Power’s John Hargett (L), district manager, and Marc James, regional sales manager, explain the features of the newest addition to the fleet — the diesel rental generator G25WDO-3S-T4F — and all it has to offer the concrete industry. The Proxibid team is ready to answer questions about online auctions. (L-R) are Tim Kryszak, vice president of sales and market development; Dana Kaufman, communications director; Nick Nickoloff, sales executive; Sydney Brown, sales executive; Tom McSween Rob Minnich of Minnich Concrete Vibrators  introduces the newest dowel pin drill. This product was a hit at this year’s World of Concrete. Rob explained that many states are adopting highway safety standards, including the pinning of concrete barriers so

World of Concrete 2016 exceeded expectations across the board. This 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 sq. ft. (69,110 sq m) of space, an increase of more than 67,000 sq. ft. (6,225 sq m) from 2015. This was the largest World of Concrete in seven years.

“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 percent] to the increase in the number of seminars taken [up 6 percent],” said Tom Cindric, vice president, Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction & Real Estate. “This helps solidify WOC as the event for concrete and masonry professionals. The positive energy was everywhere on the show floor, and is a boost to the entire industry indicating a strong year ahead.”

“It was apparent that companies are bringing more of their crews to the show to gain valuable knowledge with our world-class education program and to experience the exhibit floor and outdoor exhibits filled with leading suppliers. In addition, the international representation increased this year to 22 percent. This is a very positive sign that the industry continues to grow and thrive,” said Jackie James, director, World of Concrete.

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 of 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 auctions raised an initial tally of approximately $900,000.

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World of Concrete 2017 will be held Jan. 17 to 20; Seminars 16 to 20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.