April 2008 Table of Contents

Foreign Development Should Go Both Ways

Why shouldn't the U.S. be a cement exporter and thus a player in driving market forces, rather than importer subject to foreign whims? Read more

No Turning Back No Turning Back

There are many reasons why sustainability is the future. Read more

The Yarn of the Day The Yarn of the Day

WOC attendees spin tales of their own. Read more

Introductions Abound Fleet Factors Introductions Abound

Truck manufacturers show their newest wares at World of Concrete. Read more

And the Winners Are...

The envelopes have been opened and below are a sampling of the winners of the 2008 Most Innovative Products (MIP) contest. Exhibitors displayed the 145 entries at World of Concrete in January. Attendees and a panel of experts then voted on the ones they thought were the most innovative. Read more

Going Once... Going Once...

The Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program raised $540,000 at its annual auction at World of Concrete. Read more

Casting Characters Casting Characters

This year, THE CONCRETE PRODUCER and CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION honored our Top Influencers at a World of Concrete reception with awards symbolizing the industry they so effectively promote. Read more

On Tour: Hoover Dam On Tour: Hoover Dam

More than 300 people had exclusive access to the site during tours for pros during the 2008 World of Concrete. Read more

2008's Rough Road 2008's Rough Road

Economic Summit spearkers at THE CONCRETE PRODUCER's Economic Summit Luncheon at World of Concrete 2008 see a brighter long-term picture. Read more

Making Their Points

Contestants at the World of Concrete Producer's Challenge received prizes for accuracy. Read more

The Green Scene

This special area educated attendees on many sustainability issues. Read more

Industry Shows its True Colors Industry Shows its True Colors

The 2008 World of Concrete was an opportunity for self-assessment. Read more

A Tale of Two Families

Although we are familiar with “mom and pop” businesses, family-owned concrete producers each have unique situations that contribute to their success. This is the story of two such families, and their secrets to success. Read more

Concrete Returns So You've Built it... Now What?

Have you thought about the future of your family business? Read more

Putting Words into Action Putting Words into Action

If the concrete industry's sustainability efforts were represented in color, the palette would range from sage to forest green. Most of us seem to be in the same spectrum, but as a group, we tend to get caught up in disagreements over our own favorite hues. The Strategic Development Council (SDC), a council of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Foundation, hopes to change how we think, as it works toward publishing a Concrete Sustainability Vision Document. Read more

Fertile Ground

Our industry needs to develop a plan to outline a successful approach to green concrete construction on which everyone can agree. Read more