Tight credit, a glut of inventory and a sluggish economy overshadowed the early hours of this year’s World of Concrete show in Las Vegas, which opened on Feb. 2. Although official registration numbers were not available at press time, attendance throughout the week was expected to drop slightly from last year’s roughly 65,000 attendees. Exhibitors noticeably trimmed down their booth space yet were in aggressive selling form, hopeful they would post small revenue gains this year. Showgoers said they expected federal stimulus, leftover from 2009’s package, to prop up public works during the second half of 2010 but felt the
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.