The Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 competition took place at the World of Concrete trade show Wednesday with a Wisconsin duo taking home first place.
Sustainable products have a growing presence at World of Concrete, which has been highlighting its own environmentally-friendly efforts to put on the show.
Even with a gloomy 2023 economic outlook for the construction industry, visitors showed optimism during the first day of the annual trade show.
The concrete and construction trade show World of Concrete expects 60,000 attendees this year, marking a full return to its pre-pandemic numbers.
Cement masons, engineers and artisans at World of Concrete encouraged more women to consider the trades for their unique work and good wages.
“I wanted to lay a perfect wall,” said Cole Stamper, the newly minted champion of the Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 at the World of Concrete. “Straight, plumb level, straight and perfect — and that’s what it was.”
Organizers expect more people to attend this year’s show, which opened Tuesday, than were at last year’s event and that numbers of attendees will be closer to those seen at pre-pandemic events.
With World of Concrete and the SHOT Show conventions this week and NAB around the corner, the meetings industry assesses what the attendance outlook will be in 2022.
World of Concrete, the construction trade show that kicked off pandemic-era conventions in Las Vegas last summer, returns to the city next week.
The construction trade show that marked the return of conventions to Las Vegas when its reschedued event was staged in June confirmed plans for Jan. 18-20.
Nevada added more than 10,000 jobs last month as coronavirus restrictions loosened and tourism regained its footing in Las Vegas, though unemployment remains high.
David Chavez was crowned the world’s best bricklayer for the second time at the World of Concrete’s Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 competition on Wednesday.
World of Concrete became the first major trade show to open in the U.S. when the doors opened at the Las Vegas Convention Center’s new $1 billion West Hall expansion Tuesday.
Conventioneers attending the World of Concrete trade show on Monday were the first customers to use the $52.5 million underground transit system developed by Elon Musk.
Organizers of the show dedicated to the concrete and masonry industries also will be the first to use the Las Vegas Convention Center’s new $1 billion West Hall.