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This year's Most Innovative Products (MIP) contest at World of Concrete again includes many examples of creatively innovative materials and equipment. These products run the gamut from big to small, from high-tech to low-tech, and from high-priced to low-priced.

But they all have two things in common. First, they represent new ways to meet construction challenges. And second, all of the companies that have entered them in the contest hope you'll help decide which ones are this year's most innovative.

To help navigate the 144 entries, the products are categorized by primary application. In this issue, you will find products related to concrete production, specifically in delivery, production equipment, and materials.

But there are plenty of general interest MIP products in other categories. For an overview, or to vote for your favorites, visit www.mip2008.com. You can also see the whole field of entries at the MIP display in the corridor near the main World of Concrete Bookstore, between the North and Central Halls.

And while visiting the various companies at the show Jan. 22–25, vote at any of the cybercafes. Speaking of voting, there's a new twist this year. Everyone who votes online will be entered in a drawing to win an iPod, just our way of saying thank you for letting us know your opinion.