Market confidence evident in strong World of Concrete figures

Sources: Informa Markets, Irving, Texas; CP staff 

World of Concrete management reports registration near 60,000 for this year’s Las Vegas Convention Center gathering, a 23 percent increase over 2023 participation. Geared to concrete or masonry producers and practitioners, the January 22-25 event saw 1,400 manufacturers, suppliers and service providers occupy 700,000-plus square feet of indoor and outdoor space, including 325 first-time exhibitors. Management also cites a new World of Concrete education program watermark, with 185 sessions presented over four days. Robust attendance, exhibitor and education program metrics befit the 50th staging of an event whose 1975 Houston Astrodome debut is owed to pumping equipment interests and Concrete Construction magazine. In honor of the World of Concrete 50th anniversary, show organizers donated 50 plantings to the Las Vegas Tree Initiative. The ongoing program aims to lower the urban heat island effect that currently makes Las Vegas the fastest-warming city in the United States.

Mixer body builder and heavy-duty truck offering variety and volume returned to the Las Vegas Convention Center after three years of displays limited by vehicle backlogs and delivery commitments. Prior to dispatching to Iowa customer Croell, Kenworth Truck and Con-Tech Mfg. displayed the vehicle with the top drum graphic among this year’s show fleet. Nearby, Mack Trucks and Con-Tech presented the new graphic of Illinois ready mixed market leader. 

“Every year, World of Concrete serves as the cornerstone where concrete and masonry professionals exchange knowledge and hone skills that propel businesses forward. We are proud to host the global meeting point for the tradespeople who are building the future of America,” says Vice President of World of Concrete Jackie James. “We emphasize creating real-world scenarios, hands-on situations to try and test products and share expertise, which is what makes the show so unique and our community so special. We look forward to continuing to share the latest and greatest in concrete and masonry for another 50 years to come.” World of Concrete continues to serve as a hub for exploration and innovation, she adds, as leading exhibitors administer first-time reveals of new software, tools and machinery poised to increase efficiencies and safety. 

A Pape Kenworth and Alliance Concrete Pump donation raised $212,500 of the $1.8 million gross revenue indicated in preliminary Concrete Industry Management Auction figures. The CIM Auction took place on its customary World of Concrete day two schedule. Shown here are prevailing bidders for the Kenworth-Alliance package, Stevie Ray Lloyd and Steve Lloyd of Virginia’s Lloyd Concrete Services.