Somero Donates S-485 Laser Screed for 2024 CIM Auction, World Of Concrete

World of Concrete attendees will be able to bid on a new S-485 Laser Screed, donated by Somero Enterprises for the Concrete Industry Management program.

Somero Donates S-485 Laser Screed for 2024 CIM Auction, World Of Concrete
The S-485 does more than just screed concrete, it also rakes it with three levels of Somero Quick Pass settings.
Somero Enterprises

The Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program – a business intensive program that awards students with a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management – is pleased to announce the donation by Somero Enterprises, Inc. of a S-485 Laser Screed for the annual auction at World of Concrete.

The annual auction will be held Wednesday, Jan. 24 in the North Hall Room N262 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The silent auction will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and the live auction begins at 1 p.m. For a full list of items, please visit

The Somero S-485 Laser Screed is an incredibly easy to operate and powerful 4-wheel drive machine. It is multi-functional as well capable of fine grading most subbase materials, raking concrete level, or for screeding of concrete to very high floor levelness standards including world record-setting and Golden Trowel Award winning performance. Its lightweight design allows for utilization either on grade or on most decks (level or cambered), ice rinks, or chaired mesh or rebar.

Available with 8- or 10-foot vibrator beams to work around any number of slab penetrations, the S-485 is packed with modern industry exclusive features like:

  • Self-leveling head system (SLS)
  • Adjustable vibration settings
  • Column block protection
  • Somero Quick GradeSet System
  • Soft landing
  • USB charging ports
  • Cup holder and much more.  

“If you want high F-numbers and can’t get a large Somero machine in there, you must use their small Laser Screeds," says flat floor finishing expert Steve Lloyd. "The S-485 is state of the art.  It is so essential every concrete contractor should own one or more!” Lloyd purchased his S-485 at a previous CIM Auction.

Receiving tremendous support from the concrete industry, the CIM program was the first of its kind in the U.S. – a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management. Since its humble beginning, the CIM program has expanded and offered at Middle Tennessee State University, California State University, Chico, Texas State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology and South Dakota State University. Today, there are nearly 1,600 graduates of the Concrete Industry Management program working in the industry.

The goal of the program is to produce broadly educated, articulate graduates grounded in basic construction management, who are knowledgeable of concrete technology and techniques and are able to manage people and systems as well as promote products or services related to the concrete industry. It entails a broad range of courses, from English and history to science and mathematics. A series of required business courses such as finance, marketing, management and business law are also taken throughout the length of the program.

The concrete-specific courses teach the fundamentals of concrete, properties and testing, concrete construction and more. All of these courses provide much more than what is simply in the text – they emphasize problem solving, quality assurance and customer satisfaction. They utilize practical case studies and an internship to make sure the student obtains real-world experience essential to starting a successful career. Additional opportunities include on-campus socials and other events providing industry networking and professional development.

In 2012, an Executive MBA program was added by the CIM National Steering Committee. The CIM Executive MBA is specifically designed for individuals with three or more years of experience in the industry.

The CIM program has provided and continues to provide future leaders for the concrete industry. 

Those interested in making a donation should contact CIM Auction Committee Chairman Ben Robuck at [email protected] or (404) 456-6867. 

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