World of Concrete is the top event for concrete and masonry professionals and this year’s show was the largest in seven years. With over 60,000 attendees and 1,500 exhibitors, the show grew substantially from its 2015 numbers.
Not only are attendees able to check out the latest equipment offerings, concrete, construction, and engineering professionals are also able to take care of their continuing education while attending the show. From interactive workshops and specialized seminars to hands-on skill-building sessions, World of Concrete’s world-class education program equips field personnel, project leaders, supervisors and owners with the latest knowledge in every facet of the professional concrete business.
While the pump trucks and other heavy-duty equipment featured at the show are always a huge draw, there are so many other events that took place during the week. Some of this year’s highlights included Mason Scott Tuttle winning what is often referred to as the Super Bowl of World of Concrete. Tuttle took home the 4th Annual SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® championship prize by laying 775 bricks in one hour, earning him the title “World’s Best Bricklayer.”
Jose Noe Martinez and Heriberto Estrada of Stone Cold Masonry took home first place in the Mason Contractors Association of America’s Fast Trowel on the Block competition and Jose Soto and Israel Mendoza of Sargon Masonry won second place.
Freightliner Trucks named New York City, Charlotte, Edmonton, and Seattle-Tacoma as the “Hardest Working Cities” at the show, with additional cities to be announced later this year. Freightliner Trucks launched this initiative to honor cities spearheading community growth and innovation. The program came after an economic data review revealed a compelling relationship between the purchase of severe-duty trucks and thriving economies. Recipients are chosen based on 11 criteria including number of construction jobs and a city’s impact on national GDP.
Congratulations to all of the winners!
The PRECO team was excited to see the number of OEMs featuring safety technologies on their heavy-duty equipment to help mitigate accidents and keep workers and the public safe. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, safety is our passion and to see so many companies participating in this life-saving offering is heartening.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2017 World of Concrete show.