• Walk the WOC

    Hosted at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Jan. 21–25, WOC 2008 is the largest trade show in the industry, with more than 1700 exhibitors. Catering to contractors, manufacturers, and industry professionals, there is something for everyone.

     
  • A Record of Service

    For about 10 years, Steve Parker has focused much of his professional life on about 21,200 words of text that defines how ready-mixed concrete is manufactured and delivered to a customer in its freshly mixed and non-hardened state.

     
  • Casting Characters

    This year Top Influencers will receive unique awards symbolizing the industry they so effectively promote.

     
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    A Room Full of Believers

    Once again, the women attending World of Concrete can take a breather from the show and enjoy good food and the company of their fellow “women in concrete” at the annual Women in Concrete Luncheon and Forum.

     
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    Sounding Off

    Noise pollution has become a significant issue in communities across the nation. Naturally, it follows that more money than ever is being spent on decorative concrete soundwalls to play a greater role in noise abatement near airports, commercial developments, and in residential neighborhoods.

     
  • Ideas to Help Shed Light

    To protect against tree limbs and other impacting objects, lighting manufactures offer raised brush guards or deflector mounts. Some have found ways to make lighting fixtures smaller without losing brightness.

     
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    Out of the Darkness

    Along with all the other rules you need to know, there are two guidelines for adequate truck lighting.

     
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    Producers' Center of the Universe

    With so many exhibitors and so little time, producers can make things easier on themselves by spending extra time at the Producer Center in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. This year more than 200 exhibitors will show off their admixtures, batch plants, and other products and...

     
  • Looking to 2008 and Beyond

    Top economists and analysts will share their expertise during THE CONCRETE PRODUCER's Economic Summit at World of Concrete.

     
  • Step Up to the Challenge

    The Mack Truck's Driving Skills Challenge and the John Deere Load America competition will transform the Orange and Gold lots, respectively, into an exciting exhibition of drivers' skills from Tuesday, Jan. 22 to Thursday, Jan. 24.

     
  • Hoover Dam Bypass Tour Returns

    Concrete industry professionals who join the 3rd Annual World of Concrete Editorial Tour this year will have a behind-the-scenes look at the highway project that is literally changing the face of one of our country's most well-known historical landmarks—the Hoover Dam.

     
  • Start Your Bidding

    The annual Concrete Industry Management (CIM) Auction will be held at the World of Concrete at noon on Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

     
  • Well-Oiled Machines

    All rotating equipment requires timely and effective lubrication to help reduce wear, minimize lubricant consumption, maximize efficiency, and curb unscheduled downtime. For concrete plants, the job can seem daunting.

     
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    Keeping Warm in Indy

    Managers for many of the Irving Materials Inc. (IMI) plants know about winter production problems too well. Immediately after Thanksgiving, they are challenged to produce warm concrete in winter conditions to keep their customers supplied.

     
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    Quality Sells

     
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    Ten More Influencers

    Ten more noteworthy influencers who have a significant impact on our industry.

     
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    Influencing Today for a Better Tomorrow

    The editors of THE CONCRETE PRODUCER are honored to recognize the people who are greatly influencing the concrete industry. These influencers, like Gene Martineau, have adopted leadership styles that are marked by consensus building. A desire to improve the entire industry, not just a market...

     
  • Wish Lists

     
  • The Science of Pricing Concrete

    The problem with economic downturns in the concrete industry is that the competitor down the street often doesn't value his product or company at a fair price.

     
  • Standard Test Method for Density, Yield and Air Content

     
  • New Concrete Wall Standards

    The Portland Cement Association's (PCA) National Standards Development Committee has approved the first PCA standard utilizing the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited voluntary consensus process.

     
  • Preparing for an SCC Job

    Q: Our lab has developed a self-consolidating concrete (SCC) mix design that we plan to use on a recently awarded project. It will be our first large SCC project. While we have provided the SCC recipe on several small jobs and for this project's test pours, this will be our first attempt to...

     
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    Staying in the Race

    Economists have offered producers few surprises during the second half of 2007.

     
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    Green Blending

    Producers are discovering that there is more to professing their greenness than just manufacturing concrete that contains fly ash or slag. Many customers now ask tough questions about the production process itself and to what extent producers have eliminated waste and reduced their own carbon...

     
  • Driving Green Forward

    When will there be a common approach in demonstrating that concrete is a sustainable building material?

     
  • Still Waters Run Deep

    Our industry has been blessed to have so many individuals who have given so much of their time, talent, and treasures in promoting the cause of concrete.