Every so often, you may walk into a WhiteCap or HomeDepot and find a great deal that’s too hard to pass up. For example, buy one margin trowel, and get one free or 75% off a new 36-Volt cordless angle grinder. Today is one of those days! Right here in the pages of Concrete Construction, you’re getting four editorials for the price of one.
• I want to formally introduce a new monthly column “Working With Rebar,” authored by Bob Risser, the president and CEO of the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI), Schaumburg, Ill., and Michael Hoffman, principal of Construction Consulting, Lutz, Fla., and placing consultant for CRSI. Risser, a previous editor at Concrete Construction, came to us with the idea of penning the rebar column as a measure to keep contractors up to speed regarding technical data and information involving rebar on the jobsite.
• World of Concrete 2011 wrapped up in mid-January with nearly 50,000 attendees navigating the show floor, seminars, and demonstrations. In addition to the dozens of new products and technology introduced, news on a wide variety of concrete-related technical topics, associations, and more was announced throughout the week. If you want to get caught up on the week that was WOC 2011, be sure to visit our World of Concrete page.
• As many of you know, our new website launched three months ago, and we’ve noticed many of you are visiting often. Our new and improved site search has proven successful, allowing you to search our entire 56 years of archives by keyword or author. Also be sure to read and comment on our blogs. Think of these blogs as the online editorial extension of Concrete Construction. Senior editor Joe Nasvik and “Slabs on Grade” columnist Allen Face have both provided regular posts in the form of exclusive content related to their expertise, as well as detailed response to comments and questions posed by CC readers. The dialogue we have received so far has been outstanding.
• ConExpo/Con-Agg takes place March 22–26 in Las Vegas, and you will notice a four-page special Jobsite Products devoted to ConExpo/Con-Agg in this issue. If you ever been to the show, you know that it’s massive and covers the construction industry extensively. I did not want the special section to appear too broad, therefore only sessions, products, and technology related to the concrete industry have been profiled, in addition to general show information. Additional news, products, and technology will be made available on our site in the days and weeks following the show.