Attendance at The Precast Show, held March 1-3 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., showed that precast concrete manufacturers and industry suppliers are feeling more optimistic than in recent years.
The organizers the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA), along with the American Concrete Pipe Association, Cast Stone Institute, Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and the National Concrete Masonry Association, saw attendance reach its highest levels since 2008.
Trade show floor traffic spiked significantly above last year, with an official attendance of 3,692. In addition to the 58,900 net square foot show floor, NPCA held committee meetings, special events, awards presentations, and education that also registered its highest numbers since 2008, with attendance topping 1,000.
Slow upward trend
“Speaking with our exhibitors and members, it’s clear that there’s a sense of guarded optimism in the air,” said Ty Gable, President of NPCA. “I think the feeling is reflected by this year’s attendance, as many are expecting the slow upward trend we’ve been seeing lately to continue.”
“There are still a number of threats to our industry that could stall or reverse this momentum,” Gable said, “but for now we’re pleased to see positive movement and the show will continue to reflect the industry by growing more robust each year.”
The Precast Show 2013 will take place in Indianapolis, Jan. 11-13 at the IndianaConvention Center. For additional coverage of The Precast Show 2012 and ongoing updates for The Precast Show 2013, visit www.theprecastshow.org
Listing of award winners from The Precast Show 2012.
2012 Creative Use of Precast Award Winners
1st - Anchor Concrete Products – Kingston, Ontario
2nd - Nitterhouse Concrete Products – Chambersburg, Pa.
3rd - Universal Precast Concrete Inc. – Redding, Calif.
1st - U.S. Concrete Precast Group – San Diego, Calif.
2nd - Norwalk Concrete Industries – Norwalk, Ohio
3rd - Garden State Precast Inc. – Farmingdale, N.J.
2012 Pinnacle Award Winner:
Western Precast Concrete Inc. – El Paso, Texas
20-Year Plant Certification Anniversaries:
Advance Concrete Products Co., Highland, Mich.
Faddis Concrete Products, Downingtown, Pa.
15-Year Plant Certification Anniversaries:
American Concrete Products Co., Omaha, Neb.
Oldcastle Precast Inc., Littleton, Colo.
Permatile Concrete Products Co., Bristol, Va.
Quality Award of Excellence for Plant Certification:
Firebaugh Precast Inc., Dacono, Colo.
The Fort Miller Co. Inc., Greenwich, N.Y.
Mack Vault of Toledo, Bowling Green, Ohio
The Precast Show 2013
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