• About 6000 producers, suppliers, engineers, and other industry leaders from 35 countries will be heading to the Colorado Convention Center, Feb. 7 – 9, for the Manufactured Concrete Products Exposition (MCPX). Considered the world's largest trade show for the manufactured concrete products industry, the event will feature 400+ exhibitors showing the latest products, technologies, techniques, and equipment. In addition, there will be numerous educational sessions in dozens of subject tracks, networking opportunities, social activities, and the chance to check out the attractions of Denver.

    Five industry organizations have combined forces to sponsor MCPX.

    National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) represents and provides testing and certification programs for manufacturers, producers, and suppliers of concrete masonry products (CMUs, architectural block, articulated and interlocking concrete block paving, etc.) and manufacturers, producers, suppliers, contractors, and installers of segmental retaining walls.

  • National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) consists of manufacturers and suppliers of precast products, equipment, and services.
  • Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) members are manufacturers, contractors, and others who produce, supply, or install interlocking concrete pavement.
  • American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA) manufacturers produce concrete pipe and related products for sanitary sewer, storm drain, culvert, detention, and pollution control applications.
  • Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) includes suppliers, engineers, and architects dedicated to fostering a greater understanding of the design and use of precast and prestressed concrete.

NCMA annual meeting

NCMA will hold its annual meeting during MCPX. The gathering will include a host of committee meetings, three educational tracks, two certification courses (SRW installers and testing procedures), two keynote speakers, open forum discussions, countless networking opportunities, design and safety awards banquet, and a block and paver plant tour.

Sales and Marketing, Management, and SRW Contracting will be discussed during the educational sessions. The pair of two-hour Sales and Marketing programs will deal with subjects such as basic skills and tactics, selling to architects, concrete masonry vs. precast, and marketing sustainability. Management topics will include human resources, personnel development, financial skills, and labor/workforce development. Segmental Retaining Wall Contractor sessions will cover construction practices, plans and specs, testing and inspection, and safety.

In addition, two Production Technology, Operations, and Safety programs will examine the newest developments related to concrete masonry and hardscape unit production. The programs will delve into quality control, safety, fleet management, making more sustainable products, advances in architectural textures, and total quality management.

Dr. James S. Davidson will discuss “Concrete Masonry Blast Resistance” at the Industry Challenge Breakfast. The speaker will present the results of the NCMA Foundation-sponsored research on blast resistance of reinforced concrete masonry walls, which performed much better than current models predicted. Dr. Davidson will identify what configuration of block works best, look at an improved computer model that will help predict resistance more accurately, and explain how the information can benefit the concrete masonry industry.

“Sustainable Development through Concrete Masonry” will show how to get the most green out of concrete masonry's sustainable features. The luncheon program will look at energy modeling, guidelines to “greening” specifications, and how to build green with concrete masonry. Scot Horst, president, Horst Inc. will make the presentation.

For more information about the trade show, visitwww.mcpx.org.

For more details about the National Concrete Masonry Association annual meeting, go to mcpx.org/ncma_schedule.htm.