The trade show floor buzzed with optimism at The Precast Show 2018 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, as more than 4,500 attendees did business at the largest annual precast-specific trade show in the industry.
Steady post-recession growth continued for the event, as the trade show floor ballooned to 73,000 net square feet and 375 exhibitors – a sign that the industry is healthy and headed in the right direction, according to Ty Gable, president of the National Precast Concrete Association, which sponsors the event with the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.
“Last year, we saw optimism and enthusiasm, and we knew there was some pent-up demand for new equipment and new technology,” Gable said. “This year, that translated into more purchases and serious product comparisons on the trade show floor. I heard from many exhibitors that they sold more this year than any time since before the Great Recession 10 years ago.”
The Precast Show features heavy equipment, technology and services that span all segments of the precast and prestressed concrete industry. It has been held annually under various names since 1979. In addition to the three-day trade show, the event featured education and training courses, tours of precast plants and an industry networking event at Mile High Stadium, home of the NFL’s Denver Broncos. During the week, NPCA also announced its 2018-19 class for Leadership NPCA, held a graduation ceremony for 32 Master Precasters and 12 Leadership NPCA students from the 2017-18 class, and presented awards for plant certification and sustainability.
NPCA and PCI sponsor the annual trade show, joined by two participating groups: the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute and the Cast Stone Institute. PCI also held its annual Convention and National Bridge Conference in conjunction with The Precast Show.
The Precast Show 2019 will be held at the Kentucky International Center in Louisville, Feb. 28 – March 2, 2019. Visit The Precast Show website for details.