Producing one HUGE international tradeshow in Las Vegas annually is only part of the story here at World of Concrete. We are also very passionate about our community, industry, and the hundreds of thousands of people that encompass an industry that has had a hand in the construction of the places in which you work, live, or enjoy for leisure.
Here are some of the things WOC has done over the past 42 years to support the concrete and Masonry industries:
More than $9 million contributed to the Industry through support of 18 leading concrete associations that are cosponsors of WOC.
$2.5 million additional projected contribution.
Concrete Industry Management (CIM) Silent/LIVE Auction
Over the past ten years, the CIM auction at World of Concrete has raised more than $5 million dollars. Last year, the concrete industry generously donated over 150 items through both the silent and live auctions, raising more than $810,000 for the program universities! Auction items varied from equipment and supplies, used by both producers and contractors in the concrete industry, to exciting vacation and sports packages, personal computers and TVs. Among the items donated were a concrete truck and mixer, cement, admixtures, electronics, software, forms, tools, pumps, power screeds, generators, and all-inclusive packages to the Kentucky Derby, Indianapolis 500, the Masters, and much more.
Bob Weatherton Award
This scholarship award was debuted at WOC 2015 to highlight the success of CIM, students from program universities, California State University (Chico), Middle Tennessee State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Texas State University. Each year students are invited to present their industry papers. The subject matter for the presentations is determined by the students with support from their faculty advisor. CIM students must complete presentations for both their internships and senior-level capstone course in their studies. Topics range from applied material research, studies on improving contractor efficiency, and new business development. The papers and presentations are judged by a panel of industry professionals who select the best paper/presentation. To honor these students, World of Concrete established the Bob Weatherton Award. The award, along with $2,500 in scholarship money is presented each year at the show.
This award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions not only to the concrete industry, but also to the World of Concrete. The first winner of this award at WOC 2014 was one of the World of Concrete’s founding members and industry icon Bob Weatherton, who also was selected as one of the Concrete Construction magazine’s most influential people and featured in the January 2014 issue. Ed Sauter, executive director of both Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) and Concrete Foundations Associations (CFA) was honored for his lifetime achievements at WOC 2015. Under Sauter, the use of tilt-up grew from an annual 128 million square feet of installed wall panels in 1995 to 350 million square feet of wall panels. TCA membership has grown during that time, too reaching 450 member firms in 2007.
Highlights of the 2016 edition included the opening ceremony awarding the World of Concrete Legacy Award to recipient Ward Malisch. Malisch's work history has given him a wide perspective on the concrete industry. He taught at several universities; worked for the contractor that built Missouri's first nuclear power plant; joined the World of Concrete seminar staff; became editor in chief of CC; left to be director of engineering at ACI; joined the PCA as director of educational services; returned as editor in chief of CC; and back to ACI as senior managing director. Currently, he is the technical director for the ASCC, where he spends most of his time as a contractor advocate.
CREWS THAT ROCK
CREWS THAT ROCK was created to honor concrete and masonry construction crews for their teamwork and contributions to the industry. Crews submit their outstanding projects completed to be entered to win CREWS THAT ROCK. Winning crews receive a trip to WOC, prizes, and widespread industry recognition. Dean & Derek, popular radio and TV hosts of DIY Network’s “Rock Solid” and “Indoors Out” as well as PBS’s “Victory Garden,” host the awards ceremony at WOC each year and also to take part in the Experts’ Choice panel, helping to select the winning crews along with online votes. This program, over the last four years, has generated thousands of online votes and both print & digital news stories, along with bringing over a dozen crews, both small and large, to World of Concrete to celebrate their successes. Though not offered in 2016, CTR is a trademarked event of World of Concrete.