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Press Conference featuring U.S. Cement Industry Top Economist Ed Sullivan to be held at 2023 World of Concrete

January 12, 2023


Press Conference featuring U.S. Cement Industry Top Economist Ed Sullivan to be held at 2023 World of Concrete



Topics to be addressed: Are we headed toward a recession and what economic trends might impact construction material demand for the private sector, and federal efforts to rebuild America’s infrastructure?



Las Vegas, NV – The Portland Cement Association’s (PCA) Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Ed Sullivan, will hold a press conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center at 10:00 a.m. PST on January 17, 2023.

Sullivan will walk through his 2023 economic forecast, explaining how a diverse array of macroeconomic factors, federal government policies and finance sector considerations are expected to impact the cement-concrete-construction industries in 2023 and beyond. There will be a specific focus on recessionary risks for the broad economy as well as specific assessments on activity in the residential, nonresidential and public sectors of construction.

There will be time allotted at the end for questions by the audience and scheduled one-on-one interviews will occur with individual reporters at the end of the press conference.

WHEN:           10:00 a.m. PST on January 17, 2023

WHO:              Ed Sullivan, PCA Senior V.P. & Chief Economist

WHERE:         Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N251, North Hall

RSVP:             Please contact Remi Braden at rbraden@cement.org if you plan to attend or would like to set up a separate interview with Ed Sullivan.


The Portland Cement Association (PCA), founded in 1916, is the premier policy, research, education, and market intelligence organization serving America’s cement manufacturers. PCA members represent the majority of U.S. cement production capacity, having facilities across the country. The association promotes safety, sustainability, and innovation in all aspects of construction, fosters continuous improvement in cement manufacturing and distribution, promoting economic growth and sound infrastructure investment. For more information, visit www.cement.org.

World of Concrete 2021 Reignites Commercial Opportunity and Connection in Las Vegas

June 16, 2021




World of Concrete 2021 Reignites Commercial Opportunity and Connection in Las Vegas




June 16, 2021 – Dallas, Texas – World of Concrete 2021 concluded its 46th edition with a very strong event for the concrete & masonry industries. This signature annual event drew tens of thousands of industry professionals, featuring more than 650 exhibiting companies across just under 300,000 net square feet of exhibit space. This postponed edition of WOC from January, was the first large-scale event to take place in Las Vegas and reignite the tradeshow industry in what promises to be a booming Summer and Fall live event season. World of Concrete’s arrival comes on the heels of Las Vegas’ full reopening to 100 percent capacity on June 1.


The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) debuted the Las Vegas Convention Center’s (LVCC) $1 billion, 1.4 million square foot West Hall expansion with a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by doors opening to Informa Market’s World of Concrete, the first major convention to return to Las Vegas and to the U.S. post-pandemic.


The arrival of World of Concrete signals the return of meetings and conventions to Las Vegas, named the number one trade show destination in North America for 26 consecutive years by the Trade Show News Network (TSNN.) The addition of the West Hall brings the total square feet of meeting space in the destination to 14 million and makes the LVCC the 2nd largest facility in the country. During a normal year, the meeting and convention industry represents $11.4 billion in economic impact to the area.


“We are thrilled to be returning to the live event format, especially in the home of the exhibitions industry in the U.S., Las Vegas,” said Nan Walsh, President, North America at Informa Markets. “There is an unparalleled magic about in-person connection—from sharing laughs with old friends, creating new ones, learning from industry experts, and seeing and feeling the latest products and innovations. We are so happy to be the first large-scale trade show to return to the show floor in the U.S., and the first to use the Las Vegas Convention Center’s incredible new West Hall, and through that partnership I believe we are signaling a return to business and connection that is needed now more than ever.”


“World of Concrete is grateful for the support of all the participating exhibitors and attendees who braved the heat of a June event and paved the way for an even larger and stronger return in January 2022,” said Jackie James, Group Director, World of Concrete.  “We would like to thank them along with our cosponsoring associations and media partners who supported this endeavor throughout a very challenging 15 months leading up to this important industry event.”


The Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program held its 16th annual unreserved silent and live auctions at World of Concrete 2021 and simultaneously online as a hybrid auction event. The silent and live auctions raised just over $1.175 million, with a total of over $13 million to the CIM program in the past 16 years. The CIM program is a business program that has been developed specifically for the concrete industry to provide students with a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management. The program gives students entering the concrete work force industry experience early in their careers.


At the SPEX MIX BRICKLAYER 500®, Mason David Chavez and mason tender Guadalupe Hernandez with Ranch Masonry in Houston, TX teamed up to earn the title, “World’s Best Bricklayer.” This is the second time Chavez has earned the World Champion title, winning it all in 2018. The recognition comes after winning the most exciting contest in masonry, the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500.


20 of the best masons and tenders in the world came together at World of Concrete at the Las Vegas Convention Center to test their skill, speed and stamina by battling to determine who can build the largest and best 26-foot-long brick wall, with the least amount of errors, in one hour. The event headlined the first convention of its size to be held in Las Vegas since efforts to combat the pandemic caused a national shutdown.

It was an action-packed competition featuring some of the most decorated craftsmen in North America. Not even temperatures in the 90’s could slow down Chavez, as he earned the keys to a new Ford F250 4×4 Super Duty Truck, $5,000 in cash, a Multiquip Essick Pro12 Mortar Mixer and other great prizes.


With over $125,000 in cash and prizes to be earned, masons from across North America were invited to Las Vegas to compete in the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 after winning a regional series qualifying event.
16 regional series competitions were held in 2020, shy of the typical 24, due to local restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic. Along with two returning automatic qualifiers (World Champion and SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN) and four Wild Card qualifiers, 20 total masons lined the arena in Las Vegas for one of the most exciting and anticipated events in the World of Masonry.


With workforce development being the primary battle cry for the skilled trades, the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 is a tool designed to create interest from a new generation of masons in the rewards and opportunity possible in masonry and construction.


World of Concrete 2022 will be held January 18-20; Education 17-20, back at the Las Vegas Convention Center.


World of Concrete Approved to Move Forward in Las Vegas in June

March 24, 2021




World of Concrete Approved to Move Forward in Las Vegas in June 



LAS VEGAS, Nevada——Informa Markets, organizers of the World of Concrete, has received approval from the Nevada Department of Business and Industry to move forward with its 2021 in-person edition. The event is scheduled to be held June 8-10, 2021 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

Following Governor Steve Sisolak’s address on March 12 on the Las Vegas reopening plan, Informa Markets worked with the Las Vegas Convention Center to submit a thorough health and safety plan to the Nevada Department of Business and Industry.  The proposal outlined specific operational protocols and communication strategies surrounding the event. The plan was largely based on the framework of Informa AllSecure, a set of rigorous health and safety measures to prioritize guest safety at trade events, including mandatory face masks and temperature checks for all participants.

“We are thrilled to return to the show floor and confident in our evidenced ability to execute a safe event under Informa AllSecure with strong commercial outcomes for our customers,” expressed Jackie James, Group Director for World of Concrete. “The Nevada Department of Business and Industry has taken a dutiful and cautious approach to re-opening, and we are honored to be one of the first large-scale events to set the industry standard for safe and successful economic recovery. Our experienced team is excited to lead this charge.”

As they identify meaningful opportunities to connect and engage communities in 2021, Informa Markets is taking a concertedly customer-focused approach to its return to live events, in this case surveying past attendees via a third-party provider to ensure the decision to hold World of Concrete is a community-driven one. Of those who responded, 80% were likely to attend in June and 97% viewed the decision as favorable to the industry.
“Not only are these platforms vital for the markets they serve, but the economic impact of holding World of Concrete is tremendous for Las Vegas,” explained Kevin Thornton, VP of Operations at Informa Markets. “Conventions bring an estimated $11 billion annually to Las Vegas, and those like World of Concrete create thousands of jobs supporting local hotels, restaurants, retailers, and entertainment, among others.”
Attendee Registration for World of Concrete will open in late March, followed by Exhibitor Registration in April. Visit the WOC website for all of the latest news & updates on the show.
To contact show management, please email contactus@worldofconcrete.com
Your Health & Safety at World of Concrete 2021 in Las Vegas
Guided by Informa AllSecure, a detailed set of measures developed collaboratively with industry associations, event organizers, and venues, World of Concrete aims to deliver the highest levels of hygiene and safety at its event, providing everyone with reassurance and confidence they are participating in a safe and controlled environment.
Please read our safety requirements needed to enter the event, along with safety and hygiene measures guests can expect.

World of Concrete 2021 Announces New Show Dates: June 8-10, 2021; Education June 7-10

September 29, 2020


World of Concrete 2021 Announces New Show Dates:

June 8-10, 2021; Education June 7-10



After discussions with key stakeholders and feedback from industry-leading concrete & masonry associations, World of Concrete made the proactive decision to reschedule WOC 2021 from January to June. The decision to move the dates back several months was not easily reached; however, we felt it was the right choice for all involved. WOC will now take place June 8-10, educational offerings June 7-10, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.


“We have a commitment to our exhibitors and attendees to provide a valuable and productive face-to-face experience at WOC each year,” said Jackie James, Group Director, World of Concrete. “This is the first time in our 46-year history we have been faced with circumstances that have caused us to reschedule the event. We feel the new June dates will provide everyone with the necessary time to plan effectively, and allows us to reimagine WOC for a different time of the year. Moving the event from Winter to late Spring this year will allow for additional outdoor activities everyone can enjoy in the great city of Las Vegas, including top-notch exhibits, new product demos, and exciting spectator events.”


World of Concrete will adapt the Informa All Secure Plan at our June 2021 event. AllSecure is Informa’s approach to ensuring the highest standards of safety, hygiene, cleanliness, and quality for operating events for all our exhibitors, attendees, speakers, and press.


In addition to the safety protocols in place for WOC 2021, The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) has been awarded the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR facility accreditation by ISSA, the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association. The GBAC program is considered the gold standard for safe facilities, and was designed to control the risks associated with infectious agents, including COVID-19.


World of Concrete is also one of the first large-scale events to occupy The Las Vegas Convention Center’s $980 million West Hall expansion in June, which will add 1.4 million square feet of space to the existing 3.2 million square foot campus. In addition to the exhibit hall, the expansion will feature a striking outdoor plaza, a grand atrium and state-of-the-art design and technology.


We look forward to continuing our role in driving the industry forward, connecting communities and supporting businesses. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas in June 2021. We will also continue to post updates on our website over the next few months.  Registration for WOC 2021 will open online in early 2021. For more information, please visit our website: www.worldofconcrete.com with access to our COVID-19 Resource Page.


World of Concrete: The First and Last Word in Concrete

October 01, 2019




World of Concrete: The First and Last Word in Concrete




We don’t just dabble in concrete & masonry, we’re the authority on it!

World of Concrete 2020 has all the new products, leading-industry suppliers, resources and valuable information necessary to strengthen your business. This is the commercial construction industry’s first, largest and most important annual international event for concrete and masonry professionals across the globe!



World of Concrete attendee registration is open, and expectations are this will be THE event to attend for those in the concrete & masonry industries. With a strong economy and a viable & active construction sector, visitors will converge in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center February 4-7; Education 3-7, for this highly-anticipated annual event.



Organizers are anticipating another successful event, as World of Concrete 2019 was the largest event in 10 years, with 60,000+ registered professionals featuring more than 1,500 leading-industry suppliers exhibiting across more than 750,000 net square feet of space.

Areas of the show floor will include:

The Producer Center (North Hall): Featuring marketplace of materials, equipment, demos, and seminars for concrete producers.

Technology for Construction (North Hall): Featuring the newest products and tools for the commercial construction industry from top information technology and systems providers.

Precast (North Hall): Featuring the latest products and technologies in the precast/prestressed sector.

Concrete Masonry (North Hall): 
This area showcases everything for the producers of concrete masonry (block, segmental retaining wall units, veneer, slabs, pavers, and roof tiles,
admixtures, equipment & supplies and pigments.

Concrete Reinforcement (North Hall):
 features the leaders in concrete reinforcement showcasing reinforcement bending, cutting, straightening, and fabricating machinery, reinforced positioners & locators, epoxy-coated, steel, glass fiber, galvanized bar and all types of reinforcement accessories.

Masonry (Central Hall): Showcasing products, tools, information, and technology for masonry professionals

Material Handling (Central Hall): Offering trucks, excavators and more for material delivery, distribution, concrete placement, and earth moving.

Concrete Repair & Demolition (South Hall) :
 View a display of the latest surface preparation equipment, scarifying, grinding, sawing equipment, sealants, joint fillers and more.

Concrete Surfaces & Decorative (South Hall) :Features surface protection products, coatings, cleaning solutions, stains, pigments, molds and more products to help you capitalize on this business expanding product segment.

Outdoor Exhibits (Silver Lots 1 & 2, front of Central Hall / Silver Lot 3, front of South Hall): Featuring industry-leading exhibiting suppliers, live demos, heavy equipment, decorative concrete products, Decorative Concrete LIVE!, WOC Official Licensed Merchandise, and more.

Outdoor Events & Exhibits (Bronze Lot, next to South Hall):See exciting championships, skills challenges, creative demos, and events you won’t want to miss like the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 ® World Championship, The John Deere Operator Challenge, Western Star Trucks Get Tough Challenge, MCAA spectator events, and new events for 2020 such as the Mahindra ROXOR Mission: Ready Challenge and more!

Unique events in the Central Hall this year will include STUCCO LIVE! where attendees will interact with instructors, product experts and designers to learn the most current trends in stucco applications. Stucco LIVE! is sponsored by the Stucco Manufacturers Association (SMA). SMA members and affiliated associations will also introduce new products and assemblies that meet current energy code standards and high-performance trends. New for 2020 is Zero Emission Live!, powered by Wacker Neuson. It will feature equipment with which contractors can perform common construction tasks in a safe, quiet and emission-free zone. There will be demonstrations of products and techniques with safety and productivity in mind.

World of Concrete is proud to participate in the 2020 Trade Events Partnership Program (formerly the International Buyer Program). As a member of the 2020 IBP, World of Concrete Show Management and the U.S. Commercial Service will work closely in the global promotion of the 2020 show to bring international buyers and U.S. exhibitors together to expand business both domestically and overseas.

World of Concrete welcomes international delegations to the show and makes every effort to assist those interested in recruiting and organizing a group of 15 or more to attend the concrete and masonry industries’ largest, annual international event. Delegations are organized by country through the U.S. Commercial Service International Posts.

You won’t find professional education like this anywhere else—the WOC Education Program is the best in the concrete and masonry industries, offering 180+ sessions, Interactive Workshops, Certifications, Seminars, Train-the-Trainer, and Hands-On & Industry Training to build your technical skills and business know-how.

World of Concrete 2020, February 4-7; Education 3-7, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Register by 12/11/19 to save on Exhibits-Only fees and book your hotel through onPeak early for the best rates and locations at www.worldofconcrete.com.