Construction Shows Booming
• Hanley Wood’s flagship property, , closed Jan. 24 after a successful 5-day run at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Now in its 40th year, the show drew 48,000 attendees and 1,250 exhibitors to its 570,000 net square foot showfloor. “We are very proud of the contribution World of Concrete has made to the commercial concrete and masonry industries over the past four decades,” Tom Cindric, Hanley Wood Exhibitions vice president, says in a statement. “Exhibitors and attendees were extremely satisfied with WOC 2014.”
• Another major Hanley Wood event, the collocation of SURFACES and StonExpo/Marmomacc America, along with the newly launched Tile Expo, reportedly drew 35,000 attendees and 700 attendees to its 350,000 net sq. ft. showfloor Jan. 28-30 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
• It’s the last year those shows will be on their own though—in 2015, they’re teaming up with the International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) for a new Design and Construction Week in Las Vegas. More than 75,000 attendees and 2,000 exhibitors are expected for the inaugural industry gathering.
• IBS and KBIS have already joined forces, however. The collocated shows, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center Feb. 4-6, closed Thursday. Size figures were unavailable at press time.
• Still to come, another one of the biggest shows in the sector: CONEXPO-CON/AGG (March 4-8, Las Vegas Convention Center). New for this year are navigation services including enhanced shuttle service, mobile device navigation and onsite guides.