Imi, Transit Mix, Knife River Pros Lead National Mixer Driver Championship

Bill Emerson, a 30-year veteran with the Irving Materials Inc. Greenfield, Ind., flagship, took first place and a $5,000 cash prize in the Third Annual National Mixer Driver Championship

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

Bill Emerson, a 30-year veteran with the Irving Materials Inc. Greenfield, Ind., flagship, took first place and a $5,000 cash prize in the Third Annual National Mixer Driver Championship. Second ($1,500 prize) and third ($1,000) place winners were Bobby Sanders of Transit Mix Concrete & Materials, Dallas, and Darren Lowe of Knife River Materials, Center Point, Ore., respectively.

A highlight of NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks Conference & Expo, Oct. 19-21 in Nashville, the competition saw the three drivers and 33 peers from across the country complete a written exam and negotiate an 11-point challenge course at a truck-staging area within the sprawling Gaylord Opryland Resort. Members of NRMCA affiliate, the Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau, sponsored the championship, provided cash prizes, and delivered rear- and front-discharge vehicles for the course. Also dispatching trucks to the event were Irving Materials√Ć Nashville plant and another local leader, Metro Ready Mix. An early-morning Mixer Driver challenge course run kicked off the inaugural ConcreteWorks. The event brings the long-running Operations, Environmental & Safety Forum and Expo and Business Administration Conference, plus related committee meetings, under one umbrella. NRMCA has also consolidated the fall meetings of its Promotion, Research, Engineering & Standards, Educational Activities and Building Codes & Sustainability committees around ConcreteWorks.