The Precast Show 2020, held March 5-7 in Fort Worth, Texas, welcomed more than 4,000 attendees and included more than 350 exhibitors, 100-plus hours of live education and various special events. The National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) jointly hosted the annual event with the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI).
With a healthy mix of longtime suppliers and new exhibitors, the trade show filled the Fort Worth Convention Center with the latest products, equipment, services and technology for precast concrete manufacturers. Attendance and exhibitor numbers indicate an industry that is both healthy and thriving, according to Fred Grubbe, NPCA President.
“After speaking with a number of this year’s exhibitors, it is clear that demand on the show floor is the strongest it’s been since the recession,” Grubbe said. “Not only does the high attendance number speak to the demand for the products and services offered on the show floor, but also to the investment that company owners are making in their people. This year we graduated a record number of individuals from our Production and Quality School and also had high attendance at our classes.”
During the week, NPCA announced its 2020-2021 class for Leadership NPCA, held a graduation ceremony for 49 Master Precasters and 10 Leadership NPCA students from the 2019-20 class, while also presenting numerous awards for safety and best practices.
In conjunction with the NPCA Foundation and PCI Foundations, student participation in The Precast Show remained strong, with networking events, a student poster display and a student design competition. PCI also held its annual Convention at the show, and courses and meetings were offered by the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute and the Cast Stone Institute.
The Precast Show 2021 will be held at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, in New Orleans, La., Feb. 25-27. Visit theprecastshow.org for details.