Although we often look to housing starts or construction employment numbers to gauge growth in the concrete industry, many also watch another key indicator: attendance at World of Concrete. This year we were not disappointed. Nearly 55,000 industry professionals attended World of Concrete 2013, making it “the best show in years.”

“Optimism was evident throughout World of Concrete 2013 with positive results from exhibitors as well as attendees,” said Show Director Jackie James. Exclusive events for concrete producers included the 10th annual John Deere Operator’s Challenge, the Western Star Serious Trucks Challenge, and two new demonstration events, Concrete Anchoring Live! and Roller Compacted Concrete Live!

Hanley Wood’s Commercial Construction Group editors took the opportunity to recognize prominent industry leaders at the CC Live! venue, including THE CONCRETE PRODUCER’S Top Influencers of 2012. Check out the video interview with Jim Wagner, dispatch expert and vice president at Command Alkon.

Stay tuned for more exclusive World of Concrete videos to come, including PCA Economist Ed Sullivan’s latest economic outlook and WICA Women of Distinction Award presentation.