Ten years ago we published our 50th anniversary edition of Concrete Construction. Now we are celebrating the 60th just because everyone likes a party and it’s a great excuse to look at where our industry has come from, where it is today, and what to look forward to. There’s a timeline of the magazine’s history and our list of 60 Reasons to Celebrate Concrete. Sixty years is a long time in a person’s life—I was only 3 years old when Bill Avery rolled out his first issue of CC, so this magazine’s life has roughly aligned with my own and somehow it became my life’s work. As editor, walking in the footsteps of people like Avery, Mary Hurd, and Ward Malisch is a great honor and I feel the responsibility to maintain the standards they set and to provide you, our readers, with the information you need to do your job better. In the first issue, Bill Avery established the goal of CC which remains true today: to make the magazine an industry journal for the “free exchange of ideas, opinions, and experiences” related to concrete. Here’s to another 60 years!
In March Bill Avery publishes pilot issue of CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION; first official issue published in September.
CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION moves from Avery's house to a converted bungalow in Elmhurst, Ill.
Dan Anderson begins as director of sponsorship.
Bill Avery is asked to serve as executive director of ASCC.
World of Concrete debuts in Houston.
Avery receives the ACI Turner Medal for his years of service to ACI and the concrete industry. The magazine moves to Addison, Ill.
Mar Hurd replaces Avery as editor.
Avery is awarded honorary membership in ACI; Ward Malisch becomes editor.
Avery retires and Anderson becomes president of CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION Publication Inc.
Company name is changed to the Aberdeen Group, and MASONRY CONSTRUCTION is launched.
The Aberdeen Group buys THE CONCRETE TRADER (now THE CONCRETE PRODUCER).
CEO Forum launched by CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION and ASCC.
The Construction Supernetwork website is launched.
The Aberdeen Group is sold to Hanley Wood.
Avery dies in March; Anderson retires in July.
Bill Palmer becomes editor; the first CC100 is published; CONCRETE and MASONRY CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS debuts.
RESIDENTIAL CONCRETE is launched; database created to track manufacturers and products for our industry.
CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION celebrates its 50th anniversary; World of Concrete Most Innovative Productss (MIP) Awards is started; CONCRETE SURFACES is launched.
Hanley Wood's office moves to Chicago, Ill.
CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION Industry Update weekly e-newsletter is launched.
CONCRETE SURFACES' Concrete Polishing Awards program is launched.
After a brief stint away, Bill Palmer returns as editor in chief of CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION and editorial director of Hanley Woods' Commercial Construction Group.
CC100 is changed to America's Concrete Contractors.
Hanley Wood Moves to its current home in Rosemont, Ill., just outside of Chicago.
CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION, with THE CONCRETE PRODUCER and PUBLIC WORKS magazines, starts Triad Awards recognizing concrete infrastructure projects; Inform Exhibitions buys World of Concrete.
CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION turns 60; new, engaging, website is launched; Malisch receives Legacy Award at World of Concrete.
To go far, go Together
A recent news item noted that “Construction, by far the most gender-imbalanced field, is also the only industry with a share of women below 10%.” That got me thinking about tolerance and diversity on construction jobsites and about how many gay concrete workers there are and how they are treated. Do you have LGBT workers on your jobs? You may say that you don’t know or care, but if you do have gay workers I bet there are very few who are “out.” Being tolerant and even welcoming to people of all kinds seems to me to be both good sense and good business and a part of the change that is taking place across the construction industry. The old wild-west feeling of a jobsite where we had little regard for the emotional or physical well-being of workers is thankfully becoming a thing of the past. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker quotes an old African saying that if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together. We should actively encourage diversity and inclusion in our workplaces and view all of our coworkers as important parts of a team that can only go far together.
Kimberly Kayler starts a new column for CC this month called “Building Business.” Topics will include marketing, business communication, and planning. Kimberly’s company, Constructive Communication Inc., has been providing great content for CC and other industry publications for many years. She has even hired some of our former employees! She and her stable of writers understand how to promote their clients (companies like Doka, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association, and Madison Concrete Construction) while still producing articles that provide our readers with solid, useful information. Kimberly is currently the chair of ACI’s marketing committee where she has helped develop an ambitious international marketing plan. Please welcome her to CC.