New ICON Expo 2011 to be Co-Located with CONEXPO-CON/AGG

Concrete products group gains the breadth of CONEXPO by scheduling annual conference and show to coincide in Las Vegas

For the first time, the International Concrete Exposition, also known as ICON Expo 2011, will be co-located at the Las Vegas Convention Center with CONEXPO-CON/AGG. The shows will be held March 22 through 26, 2011 in Las Vegas.

ICON Expo is organized by the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) in conjunction with other leading industry groups, and serves the needs and interests of the concrete products industry, including producers, suppliers, designers, architects, and specifiers. The expo rounds out exhibits with product demonstrations, a robust education program and social networking events.

Concrete-product users add the vast CONEXPO-CON/AGG equipment exposition to their ICON Expo choices, and gain access to the breadth of CONEXPO-CON/AGG education sessions in addition to niche programs such as the NCMA Segmental Retaining Wall Installer Course and exam.

A successful ICON Expo was first staged in 2009 and is held annually. The expo continues NCMA's longstanding commitment to an industry-wide show for concrete, masonry and hardscape products, with the history including Masonry Expo and the more recent Manufactured Concrete Products Exposition.

"We are very pleased that ICON Expo is joining with CONEXPO-CON/AGG," said CONEXPO Show Director Megan Tanel. "They represent an important industry segment, and their participation broadens the scope of products for attendees and enriches the quality of industry interaction."

"This is an exciting opportunity for our members," said NCMA President Robert Thomas. "Our industry is becoming much more global, and what better place than CONEXPO-CON/AGG to gain exposure to the wider construction marketplace and the latest trends worldwide."

Tanel noted that ICON Expo is an industry-run show just like CONEXPO-CON/AGG, and the two events share a similar philosophy of partnering to provide additional value to participants. "We both want our members, exhibitors and attendees to get the most ROI out of their trade show experience," she said.

Partnering with NCMA in ICON Expo 2011 are the Cast Stone Institute (CSI) and the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI). The Expanded Shale, Clay and Slate Institute (ESCSI) and Portland Cement Association (PCA) also participate as show sponsors. The Cosmopolitan Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas strip will be the headquarters hotel for NCMA and these groups' events.

Joining in CONEXPO-CON/AGG as principal sponsors are Association of Equipment Manufacturers, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, with Associated General Contractors of America as sponsor.

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