Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.
NRMCA has named Edward Rieper of Eastern Concrete Materials, Inc., a U.S. Concrete Co., the Ready Mixed Concrete Delivery Professional Driver of the Year for 2015. A panel of industry judges selected him from a group of outstanding nominees across the U.S.
Based at the Bogota, N.J., plant and assigned Eastern’s “Army” mixer honoring the nearby West Point Military Academy, Rieper was honored for his career achievements, outstanding safety record, professionalism, driving competency and customer service skills. He has worked for Eastern for nearly 30 years, and is a Teamsters Local 560 member. “I am very proud of Eddie’s accomplishments,” says Local 560 President Tony Valdner. “It is a testament to the professionalism at Eastern Concrete and their drivers as a whole.”
“Eddie is a team leader, professional fireman and a great American,” wrote Eastern Vice President of Operations Louis Petrillo; when nominating Rieper for the Driver of the Year Award. “His, ‘I can, I will’ attitude and resolve to do what’s right represents the best of what Eastern Concrete Materials has to offer.”
Twenty-seven year veteran mixer driver Henry “Pete” Scarborough of Concrete Supply Co., Charlotte, N.C., was selected as NRMCA Driver of the Year runner-up. Operations Manager Tony Hunt wrote, “Pete has a great safety record and while remaining accident free, has won multiple company clean truck awards and has 25 high productivity awards … that needs to be considered as the ‘triple crown’ for delivery drivers,” notes Concrete Supply Operations Manager Tony Hunt.
Adds contractor Phillip Tarelton: “Scarborough can put a concrete truck where most people can’t even put a bicycle.”
Rieper and Scarborough will receive a $5,000 and $1,000, respectively, from the NRMCA-affiliated Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau. Both will be honored during the NRMC Annual Convention, March 1-3 in Orlando, and featured in the March issue of Concrete Products, Driver of the Year program co-sponsor.
Eastern Concrete drives tribute to West Point