With a healthy mix of longtime suppliers, newly consolidated companies and 51 new exhibitors, The Precast Show filled the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville Feb. 28 to March 2 with the latest equipment, services and technology for precast concrete manufacturers.
With more than 4,000 attendees, the trade show included a full slate of educational courses with topics ranging from production to executive management. Special events and collateral meetings were also held by the sponsoring associations. The packed schedule and heavily attended events signal an industry that is both healthy and thriving, according to Ty Gable, president of the National Precast Concrete Association, which sponsors the event along with the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.
“Precast producers are, for the most part, extremely busy right now, and they are shopping for equipment, looking for new technology and ramping up for a strong construction season this year,” Gable said. “In addition to steady traffic on the trade show floor, we had strong attendance in our educational courses. That’s a sign that company owners are investing in their people to ensure they can continue to work productively and safely while keeping up with the latest technology. The success of this year’s event confirmed everything we’ve been hearing about the strength of the industry right now.”
During the week, NPCA also announced its 2019-2020 class for Leadership NPCA, held a graduation ceremony for 41 Master Precasters and nine Leadership NPCA students from the 2018-19 class, and presented awards for plant certification, safety and sustainability. Student participation in The Precast Show continued to expand, with networking events, a student poster display and student design competition.
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 in conjunction with The Precast Show.
The Precast Show 2020 will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center, in Fort Worth, Texas, March 5-7. Visit theprecastshow.org for details.