One of the good things about a downturn in the construction business, noted Concrete Construction editor Bill Palmer at his annual industry trends talk during the World of Concrete, is that the tighter margins and stiffer competition leave the survivors leaner and poised for success. Based on the results of this year’s World of Concrete, there are lots of concrete contractors who are ready and waiting, and some who are beginning to see a slight upturn in their workload. While WOC is always a busy week, the huge turnout and incredible variety of things to see and do made this year’s event one of the most exciting ever.