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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 43 years to support the concrete and Masonry industries:
More than $12 million contributed to the Industry through support of 18 leading concrete associations that are cosponsors of WOC.
$2.5 million additional projected contribution.
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.
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. In 2016, the Legacy Award was recipient Ward Malisch.
Designed to provide graduates with a broad array of initial opportunities within the concrete industry, the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program supplies the industry with future managers and leaders. CIM is a business intensive program providing solid management skills that are applicable in any industry, but developed specifically for the concrete industry.
Over the past ten years, the CIM Auction at World of Concrete has raised more than $7 million dollars. Last year, the concrete industry generously donated over 150 items through both the silent and live auctions, raising more than $900,000 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.
What is the CIM Program?
The CIM Auction
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. 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, in memory of this industry icon. The award, along with $2,500 in scholarship money, is presented each year at the show.