NRMCA mobilizes salute to concrete delivery professionals

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

National Mixer Driver Appreciation Week, October 5-9, will afford ready mixed concrete producers and their allies an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work, dedication and customer service of delivery professionals across the industry. NRMCA announced the event in conjunction with a rescheduling of this year’s National Mixer Truck Driver Championship to September 2021. The competition is a major draw of the ConcreteWorks Conference and Expo, originally set for September 25-27 in Colorado but moved to October 7-8 in virtual format. 

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NRMCA shifts ConcreteWorks 2020 conference to virtual format

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

NRMCA is mapping a late-September schedule of general or education sessions, committee meetings, plus keynote presentations on current political and economic issues as part of a ConcreteWorks 2020 reformatting from an in-person to online conference. The association is also planning a virtual exhibition allowing members to conduct business with plant and fleet equipment manufacturers. In lieu of a National Mixer Driver Championship—perennially the top ConcreteWorks feature—NRMCA will conduct a Mixer Driver Appreciation Week. 

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NRMCA ‘ThinkFirst’ affirms safety as industry-wide, priority number one

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

A program unveiled at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s ConcreteWorks conference earlier this month is dedicated to reinforcing a culture of safety across all facets of the industry and ensure workers end their day at the plant the same way they started it—alive and healthy. ThinkFirst emphasizes thoughtful and strategic actions throughout the order production and delivery cycle, program developers note, and will lead to a decrease in injuries, illnesses and fatalities while increasing worker retention and positive workplace morale.

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Sika senses QC measures through mixer drum hatch lens

Sources: Sika Corp., Lyndhurst, N.J.; CP staff

A partnership with Connecticut-based CiDRA Concrete Systems positions Sika Corp. to offer ready mixed producers the drum-mounted, sensor-laden SMARThatch, which provides air, temperature, material volume, revolution counter and hydraulic pressure slump correlation data on in-cab display or cloud-based dashboard. 

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Maschmeyer, Ozinga, Miles pros top Mixer Driver Championship pool

Sources: CP staff; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.

Luis Martinez, an Orlando-based delivery professional for Maschmeyer Concrete Co., took the 2019 National Mixer Truck Driver Championship, staged October 5-6 in Kissimmee, Fla. during the NRMCA ConcreteWorks 2019 conference. He received a $5,000 check from NRMCA affiliate, the Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau, which was among 22 sponsors of an event featuring a record pool of 96 drivers tackle eight-station driving course and six-point ability challenges, plus written exam. 

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NRMCA names Environmental Excellence Awards winners

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

Nine plants in seven states have earned 2019 NRMCA Environmental Excellence Awards. Now in its 24th year, the program offers producer members national recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment and maintaining sound pollution control and abatement practices. The NRMCA Safety, Environmental and Operations Committee names plants and their owners by region, saluting this year:

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Mixer Driver Championship registration continues through July

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

The NRMCA Safety, Environmental and Operations Committee is accepting 2018 National Mixer Driver Championship applications through August 1. The driver challenge course and written exam will take place September 29 at Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, Md., near Washington, D.C., concurrent with the association’s ConcreteWorks program and committee meetings, September 28-October 1. 

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Eastern Concrete, Cemex, Maschmeyer pros top Mixer Driver Championship

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

Eastern Concrete Materials veteran Ed Rieper took the 2017 National Mixer Driver Championship, staged October 1-2 in Grapevine, Texas, during the NRMCA ConcreteWorks Conference. The first place finish earned the Saddle Brook, N.J., driver a $2,500 check from the NRMCA Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau, and adds to his 2016 National Mixer Driver Championship fifth-place and 2015 NRMCA Driver of the Year honors.

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NRMCA, Pumping group continue ConcreteWorks, Education Conference plan

Sources: American Concrete Pumping Association, Lewis Center, Ohio; CP staff

The American Concrete Pumping Association and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association will once again co-locate their fall gatherings, ACPA Building the Momentum Education Conference and ConcreteWorks. Following the record attendance and momentum from the first such joint effort—September 2016 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville—they will convene October 2-3 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.

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Kenworth previews set-forward front axle version of T880 workhorse

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Sources: Kenworth Truck Co., Kirkland, Wash.; CP staff

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association 2016 ConcreteWorks attendees were afforded the first formal showing of the successor to the Kenworth W900S, a longstanding model for mixer trucks running in bridge formula markets. The T880 Set-Forward Front Axle (T880S) was previewed September 18-20 in Nashville and will be among the manufacturer’s 2017 World of Concrete and ConExpo-Con/Agg headline offerings.

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