Sources: Hanley Wood Exhibitions, Dallas; CP staff
Soft, but stable, construction market conditions moving into the new year were reflected in a World of Concrete 2012 attendance level just over 52,000, a 10–15 percent increase above last year’s show figures.
Source: Concrete Industry Management Program National Steering Committee
Staged at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 25, World of Concrete day two, the seventh annual auction benefiting Concrete Industry Management programs at five universities grossed $617,750.
Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.
ACI’s Spring 2012 Convention will take place March 18–22, 2012, in Dallas under the theme, Art of Concrete, showcasing the creative side of the building material. The convention will debut a new two-hour session format that will increase the number of technical sessions and provide attendees with more flexibility in their convention schedules.
Source: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago
PCI is accepting research proposals under the Daniel P. Jenny Fellowship program through Feb. 20; selected proposals will be awarded $20,000. The program is intended primarily for the support of candidates for master’s-degree-level research related to precast/prestressed concrete, although Ph.D. candidates will be considered. Last academic year, eight proposals were selected by the PCI Research and Development Council to be honored with Daniel P. Jenny Research Fellowships.
Source: Professional Trade Publications, Inc., Eugene, Ore.
A special focus Green Matters Conference, February 23-24 in San Antonio—co-located with the Concrete Décor Show —will convene industry experts to share up-to-date information on sustainable design and concrete construction. The program calls for seminars and panel discussions where industry experts will share insight on sustainable technologies; trends in green building; infrared reflective coatings; innovative uses of concrete to provide cooling and stormwater management; environmental benefits of polished concrete; and, advancements in functional resilience.
Source: Professional Trade Publications Inc., Eugene, Ore.
The 2012 Concrete Decor Show, February 20-24, in San Antonio, will feature what organizers note are hands-on training and continuing education sessions decorative concrete contractors and specialty artisans need to improve their knowledge, site skills and business opportunities. The Decorative Concrete Institute’s Bob Harris will be the keynote speaker for the evening of Tuesday, February 21; in “Going the Distance with Decorative Concrete,” he will share insights on business challenges and how attendees can take advantage of market growth.
Source: Cemex, S.A.B. de. C.V., Monterrey, Mexico
Timed during last week’s World of Concrete conference in Las Vegas, construction materials giant Cemex announced the launch of its ready-mixed concrete brand, Hidratium, to the global marketplace.
Source: Rockwood Holdings Inc., Princeton, N.J.
The Rockwood Color Pigments and Services business will build an advanced technology production facility in Augusta, Ga.—the first new iron oxide pigment operation in the U.S. in 35 years.
Sources: Cummins Inc., Columbus, Ind.; CP staff
Cummins will begin full production in March of the ISX12 engine, bearing optimized calibration over its predecessor model, the EPA 2010-geared ISX11.9, and fuel savings in vocational applications up to 12 percent.
Source: Terex Roadbuilding, Oklahoma City
Under General Manager Don Anderson, Terex Roadbuilding has steered its three manufacturing facilities—Canton, S.D., Fort Wayne, Ind. and Oklahoma City— to work more closely as a unit and offer customers improved equipment sales and service.