The Concrete Industry Management (CIM) Program raised approximately $500,000 during a late-January auction, staged at the Las Vegas Convention Center
The Concrete Industry Management (CIM) Program raised approximately $500,000 during a late-January auction, staged at the Las Vegas Convention Center amid World of Concrete 2007. Anchoring the kitty were winning bids from Boulders Unlimited, Structural Preservation Systems, S&D Montalvo and Island Masonry, and Baker Concrete Construction, respectively, for such big-ticket items as an International Truck-mounted McNeilus Mixer; Harley Davidson motorcycle; Schwing America and Putzmeister America portable pumps; and, a Somero laser screed.
The second fund-raising event the CIM Program Marketing Committee staged at World of Concrete, it raised nearly the double the amount of the 2006 inaugural auction. Proceeds will benefit CIM education at program-chartering Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, plus Arizona State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and California State University at Chico, which have launched CIM programs over the past year.
The auction took place on the third day of World of Concrete, which hosted 1,700-plus exhibitors occupying 900,000 net sq. ft. of space and more than 91,000 registrants for the largest gathering in the show’s 33-year history. Dallas-based show manager Hanley Wood Exhibitions awarded Don Martin, Viper Concrete Ltd. of Canada, a complimentary 2008 show trip for being the 90,000th person to register at this year’s event.
World of Concrete 2007 marked the first large-scale exhibit of mixer and dump trucks equipped with 2007 engines and exhaust systems meeting new Environmental Protection Agency emissions guidelines. Truck and mixer manufacturers displayed an assortment of models powered with Caterpillar or Cummins packages, or engines internal to the OEMs. World of Concrete 2008 is scheduled for Jan. 22-25, with seminars beginning the day before show opening.