A live auction to benefit concrete industry students will be among the special events at WOC 2019. The Concrete Industry Management Program (CIM) helps populate the concrete industry with talented individuals with college degrees. Four universities strategically placed across the country offer four-year degrees in CIM. Today, there are more than 1,000 graduates of the program and another 500 students currently enrolled. This program is made possible, in large part, by the combined efforts of the national and local concrete industry. (learn more about the program at www.concretedegree.com.)

On the national level, a major source of funding for the program is the annual CIM Auction held at the World of Concrete. Over the past twelve years, the auction has raised over $8 million. Last year, the concrete industry generously donated over 150 items through both the silent and live auctions, raising nearly $1.1million for the program universities. Auction items varied from equipment and supplies, used by both producers and contractors in the concrete industry, to exciting vacation and sports packages, personal computers and TVs. Among the items donated were two concrete trucks and mixers, cement, admixtures, electronics, software, forms, tools, pumps, power screeds, generators, and all-inclusive packages to the Rose Bowl, Kentucky Derby, Indianapolis 500, and The Masters to name a few. It is not an overstatement to say there was literally something for everyone. 

The annual auction will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23 in the North Hall Room N262 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The silent auction will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and the live auction begins at 1 p.m.