Thomas, Cole County pros trade places atop National Mixer Driver Championship

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

Joey Melton, a 19-year delivery professional based at Thomas Concrete’s Anderson, S.C. plant, took the 2022 National Mixer Driver Championship. The October 1-2 event was staged at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora, Colo. amid the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s ConcreteWorks Conference and Expo. Stepping up to the ConcreteWorks Awards Banquet podium, Melton saluted the 85 peers from across the country who joined him in the Championship challenges, while also giving a strong shout out to colleagues and management from Atlanta-based Thomas Concrete.  

Joey Melton and Michael Twehus (right) bring sportsmanship center stage.

He finished second in the 2021 National Mixer Driver Championship, which went to this year’s runner up, Michael Twehus of Cole County Industries Inc., Jefferson City, Mo. The top finishers will receive $5,000 and $2,000 cash prizes from lead event sponsor, the NRMCA Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau. Maschmeyer Concrete’s Damion Wynter of Apollo Beach, Fla. took third place for a second consecutive year, earning a $1,500 prize. Rounding out the 2022 National Mixer Driver Championship top tier were Nick Horath of Standard Materials Group, Broken Arrow, Okla. and Jason Erickson of CPC Materials, Arlington, Va., who earned $1,000 and $500 for fourth and fifth place finishes. The NRMCA Safety, Environmental and Operations Committee has begun planning for the next National Mixer Driver Championship, to be staged during the 2023 ConcreteWorks, September 29-October 3 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Conference Center, Nashville. 

This year’s Championship encompassed Driving Course and Driver Ability Challenges, eight stations each, plus written exam. All activities took place at the expansive Gaylord Rockies Resort.

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