2019 Concrete Decor Show Focuses on New Products and Demos

Jeff Girard discusses use of GFRC products at the 2016 Concrete Decor Show in San Diego.

Bringing new products to the people is part of what the Concrete Decor Show is all about. The four-day event slated for Oct. 28-31, 2019 at the Arlington Convention Center in Texas will also emphasize demonstrating those new products using state-of-the-art techniques during exhibition days as well as at the show’s workshops and seminars.

“We’ll have representatives from four different supply stores doing live demonstrations indoors using products that are displayed on the show floor,” says Bent Mikkelsen, show organizer and publisher of Concrete Decor magazine. “There’s no other show of its kind in our business that offers the in-depth education in decorative concrete like we do.”

Besides offering classes and hands-on workshops that have a more much intimate feel than those held during World of Concrete, the Concrete Decor Show hosts training sessions taught by “the best of the best,” Mikkelsen says. Some of these experts will also participate in panel discussions that address topics of current interest to help you stay abreast with recent finds.

Whether you are a novice or a veteran of the trade whose native language is English or Spanish, there will be educational opportunities to help you hone your current skills and teach you new techniques. Advances in applications and uses of vertical products and tools are on the educational agenda, as well as the advantages of building with insulated concrete forms (ICFs) such as Airlite Plastics Co.’s Fox Blocks.

“We’ll have several educational seminars to address decorative concrete applications that emphasize taking the holistic approach to building with ICFs and concrete in general, and why concrete’s such a sustainable, energy-efficient and resilient material,” Mikkelsen says.

Workshops are slated to cover the fundamentals of carpentry for concrete forming, best practices in concrete repair and surface preparation, material applications, productivity and business success, among other things.

Covestro will sponsor a full-day workshop on coating technology which includes displays showcasing a range of coating applications on various types of concrete surfaces. The Hall of Fame induction and dinner is also on this year’s agenda.

The 2019 Concrete Decor Show has secured exclusive room rates ($149 per/night) at the Sheraton Arlington Hotel, which can be reached at (817) 261-8200. The facility is located adjacent to the convention center and in the vicinity of the new indoor Texas Rangers stadium, the AT&T Stadium (home to the Dallas Cowboys), a new sports district called Texas Live and Six Flags amusement park.

Registration for the show begins June 15. For more information on how you can exhibit at the show and sponsor a workshop, call Mikkelsen at (877) 935-8906. For general information, visit www.concretedecorshow.com.

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