Tim Gregorski
Tim Gregorski

The 2008 World of Concrete is two months away and hundreds of new products and equipment will be introduced by manufacturers. Due to the immense size of the show, it is practically impossible for an attendee to see every new product.

As a means to profile some of the new products and equipment, our 2008 Most Innovative Products (MIP) contest collates these new, innovative products and equipment in manner that allows the industry to determine the products they feel are best.

Images of these cutting-edge products and equipment, as well as the manufacturer's booth number will be displayed in an exclusive area at World of Concrete, Jan. 21–25, 2008 at the Las Vegas Convention Center so attendees can view the submissions in person. In addition, each MIP submittal will be featured in the November/December issue of our sister publication Concrete & Masonry Construction Products (CMCP).

Votes compiled from a panel of expert judges, World of Concrete attendees, and Concrete Construction and CMCP readers will determine the World of Concrete Attendees' Choice, and Experts' Choice winners for 15 separate categories, as well as the Readers' Choice awards. Once selected, the Attendees' Choice and Experts' Choice award winners again are profiled in the April issue of Concrete Construction, as well as the March/April 2008 issue of CMCP.

Last year, approximately 140 different products were submitted to the MIP contest and more than 3000 votes were cast by Concrete Construction and CMCP readers.

I spoke with Mike Merrill, chief operating officer of About Time Technologies LLC recently about the MIP contest. Merrill's company was recognized as a MIP winner for their paperless timecard system in 2007. Merrill says that the MIP contest “brings an opportunity to companies like ours who do not have a 40,000 pound crane to display. We have a tool that can change the success level of a company large or small almost overnight. The MIP program allows a company like ours to amplify our message. It has even given us a great excuse to look from within to identify what makes us different and what makes us better in a way that we may not have done otherwise to the same degree.”

If you are attending the 2008 World of Concrete, I encourage you to visit the MIP exhibit area located in the main concourse of the Las Vegas Convention Center between the North and Central Halls, just beyond the World of Concrete Bookstore, to cast your vote for what you determine to be the best product introduced to the industry this year. For those of you unable to attend World of Concrete, voting also can be done online at www.MIP2008.com. Online voting opens next month and will remain open until early February.

As someone who is in the field every day, your MIP vote is very important as you can help identify and improve the industry in terms of innovation and technology.

Tim Gregorski
Editor in Chief