San Benito Supply, online bids drive CIM auction gross past $500K

Source: Concrete Industry Management (CIM) Program National Steering Committee (NSC); CP staff

The sixth annual CIM auction, staged at the Las Vegas Convention Center during World of Concrete, raised in excess of $500,000, besting the 2010 auction total by more than 25 percent. Auction attendance and online bidding volume for the January 20 event were greater than ever before, notes NSC Marketing Committee Chairman Brian Gallagher (Structural Group), adding, “The expanded participation this year from Internet bidders was a key as we sold $97,000 worth of items online.”

Northern California’s San Benito Supply took the anchor item, a Mack Granite GU713 equipped with a McNeilus 11-yd. Bridgemaster. Other auction offerings included portland cement (three- to 10-load quantities), skid steer, sports or entertainment event or travel packages, concrete plant equipment, and a wide range of construction tools.

“Money raised will benefit the National Steering Committee and support the current CIM program as well as help fund future expansion,” says NSC Executive Director Eugene Martineau (U.S. Concrete, retired). “Thanks to the incredible support from the World of Concrete Show Management, Hanley Wood Publications, McNeilus Companies, Mack Trucks, and Ritchie Bros., the auction was a complete success.”

Drawing from the 2010 World of Concrete auction and other sources, NSC distributed $460,000 last year to the charter CIM bachelor of science degree program at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, and companion programs at Arizona State University; California State University, Chico; New Jersey Institute of Technology; and Texas State University. CIM enrollment across the five schools exceeds 600 students.