This year at World of Concrete 2007, the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) Auction doubled its proceeds from last year's event. Pulling in nearly $500,000—compared to the $224,000 in 2006—the industry certainly came out to show its unwavering support of the CIM program.

Sponsored by Hanley Wood Business Media, Concrete Construction and The Concrete Producer magazines, Mack Truck, and Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, the auction featured more than 75 items, including concrete saws, drills, mixers, scaffolding, safety equipment, screeds, rotary hammers, decorative concrete tools, sports game tickets, hunting gear, and more. The highest bid of $140,000 snagged the ready-mix truck donated by McNeilus and International Truck.

Held at select universities including Middle Tennessee State University, Arizona State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and California State University, Chico, the goal of the program is to produce graduates grounded in basic construction management. A series of business courses covering finance, marketing, management, and business law are required to provide a well-rounded education for future industry leaders.