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NPCA, PCI members exhibit optimism at The Precast Show 2018

Drawing 4,500-plus attendees late last month to Denver, The Precast Show continues a steady, post-recession growth trajectory as North America’s largest annual, precast-specific trade show. This year’s event had 375 exhibitors across 73,000 net square feet of Colorado Convention Center space.

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The Precast Show featured 15 hours of exhibit time at the Colorado Convention Center, along with companion events such as the Master Precasters course, which saw a 32-member class.

“Last year we saw optimism and enthusiasm, and we knew there was some pent-up demand for new equipment and technology,” says National Precast Concrete Association President Ty Gable. “This year, that translated into more purchases and serious product comparisons on the trade show floor. I heard from many exhibitors that they sold more this year than any time since before the Great Recession.”

The Precast Show features heavy equipment, technology and services that span all segments of the precast and prestressed concrete industry. NPCA sponsors the three-day event with the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute; joining them as participating groups are the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute and Cast Stone Institute.

Beyond the exhibit floor, The Precast Show 2018 featured education and training courses, tours to precast plants and an industry networking event at Mile High Stadium, home of the NFL’s Denver Broncos. The show host also announced its 2018-19 class for Leadership NPCA; held a graduation ceremony for 32 Master Precasters plus 12 Leadership NPCA students from the 2017-18 class; and, presented Plant Certification and Sustainability Awards. The Precast Show 2019 will be February 28–March 2 at the Kentucky International Center in Louisville.