Two new trade shows debuting this year may seem familiar. Icon Expo and The Precast Show have formerly been together under one roof as MCPX but are now serving different audiences in different cities.

The National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) and American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA) have partnered to create The Precast Show specifically for the precast industry. This new show will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Feb. 20–22, in Houston.

Precast, prestressed, and pipe producers can take advantage of the show's product demonstrations, plant tours, and educational programs. Dozens of educational tracks will cover the latest technical, management, and leadership topics for personnel at all levels of production, management, quality control, sales, and marketing.

Precast Show events will include the Pinnacle Awards Luncheon on Friday, Feb. 20, where precasters will present innovative ideas, inventions, or problem-solving techniques in a competition judged by their peers.

The awards will be presented the next day at the Salute to Excellence, a “celebration of all things precast.” This event also honors outstanding precast and prestressed concrete projects with the Creative Use of Precast Awards, followed by a performance by country music star LeAnn Rimes.

NPCA will conduct its Winter Conference in conjunction with The Precast Show, featuring an awards celebration, committee meetings, and other special events. ACPA will hold its annual Production Short Course School. Industry association meetings begin Tuesday, Feb. 17.

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An estimated 3000 concrete producers, suppliers, contractors, and engineers will attend the International Concrete Exposition (Icon Expo) for the “global concrete products industry.” The show takes place at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Feb. 26–28.

A Pre-Grand Opening Reception launches the event on Wednesday evening, Feb. 25. The show's Grand Opening Brunch on Thursday, Feb. 26, features Gene Stallings, former University of Alabama football coach.

This global concrete products trade show will offer product demonstrations, networking opportunities, social events, and the latest products and technologies for the concrete industry. Attendees can take advantage of the National Concrete Masonry Association's (NCMA) Concrete Products University (CPU), with educational programs tailored to the specific needs of the concrete masonry and hardscape industry. CPU education sessions are organized according to attendees' job functions: sales and marketing; business management; hardscape contractor; executive leadership; and production, operations, and safety.

Show highlights include the first CMU Performance Competition, and a block and paver plant tour with stops at Landstone in Terre Haute and Shuster Building Products in Indianapolis. The Icon Expo Lab Booth will have displays and demonstrations of testing methods used for concrete masonry and hardscape products.

Icon Expo sponsors include the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, NCMA, and PCA. Association meetings begin Monday, Feb. 23.

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