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Andre Pires Dias traveled more than 4,600 miles to attend the WOC-Mexico

MEXICO CITY–Andre Pires Dias yesterday traveled more than 4600 miles to World of Concrete-Mexico. He arrived just in time to attend Tuesday's afternoon seminar describing the Mexican government's program to house its people. Dias is a business development executive for Camargo Correa Desenvolvimento Imobiliario, a Brazilian company that is interested in developing affordable concrete housing near Sao Paulo. "Fast-tracked concrete housing seems to be our best solution," said Dias.

Dias joined more than 200 business and Latin American government leaders who are interested in solving the housing problem in their countries. The session was part of the Second Annual Conference on Sustainable Housing at the show.

WOC-Mexico, now in its third year, is establishing itself as the place for concrete professionals to meet in Latin America. More than 225 exhibitors are investing in the event. This year showcases an even larger contingency of manufacturers who primarily serve Latin America.

It also has drawn the attention of contractors and producers as well. Show directors José Navarro and Jackie James expect a 10% increase in attendance this year, primarily from contractors. "We've tried hard to establish a strong seminar program based on our efforts at World of Concrete held each January in Las Vegas," said James.

Their efforts have paid off. This year, for the first time, more than 30 pump operators were certified by the American Concrete Pumper Association, Bonnie King, World of Concrete Seminar Director, was pleased. "We are definitely finding a strong response to our contractor training and business focus seminars," she said.

Reginald Delapenha agrees. He traveled from the Cayman Islands to further his precast development work. "So far it's been a great show," he said.