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26 • March 2014 www.concreteproducts.com Garland Sorrells has driven full time for SCM more than 30 years; with part-time duty logged in sister construction operations, he has been on the company's payroll nearly 52 years—all without an on-the-jobsite accident, and 35-plus years without a vehicle accident. He averages 6,700 yards in annual deliveries. "Garland has never had a DOT-chargeable accident on North Carolina roads. He is experienced on every size truck the com- pany owns and can also operate all the other heavy equipment in the Asheville Division," says SCM Vice President of Human Resources and Safety Gary Gresh. "When he takes a new team member under his wing, you can be assured that a safe, con- scientious driver will be the end result." His safety record is all the more impressive considering the frequency of ready mixed deliveries along narrow roads in mountainous terrain—to sites with poor entrances and accessible only with precise vehicle ma- neuvering, Gresh adds. "I have worked with Garland Sorrells since 1992, and in my 40 years in the construction industry, have seen many concrete truck drivers. There has never been one more welcome on my job sites than Mr. Sorrells," affrms one Asheville contractor. "There are a lot of good drivers, but Garland has the extra ingredient of 'attitude' that promotes the 'get 'er done' mentality many jobs require. I have found this to be infectious to other trades as well as our forces. This is diffcult to teach or mandate, but when found in an individual, it spreads to all who come in contact with him." "My crews know Garland has the knowledge and ability to understand what makes our jobs go smoothly. He is also is very conscious as to where everybody is on the site, and does not do anything that would keep my crew members from going home safely to their families," says another SCM customer, refecting on nearly 20 years of concrete orders from Sorrells. FEATURE READY MIXED Front Line Excellence The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association's 18 th Annual Ready Mixed Concrete Delivery Professional Driver of the Year program recognizes three industry veterans from a pool of outstanding nominees across the country. The NRMCA Operations, Environmental and Safety Committee assembled a panel of judges to weigh nominees' competence, driving skills, number of years without an on- or off-road accident, and colleague or customer testimonials. Judges awarded Driver of the Year honor to Southern Concrete Materials' Garland Sorrells, plus second and third place, respectively, to Cemex's Hector Aguilera and Michael Vineyard. The Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau will award Sorrells $5,000, and Aguilera and Vineyard $500 each. The three will be formally honored this month during the NRMCA Annual Convention in Las Vegas. GARLAND SORRELLS SOUTHERN CONCRETE MATERIALS ASHEVILLE, N.C. PLANT Concrete Products March 2014.indd 26 2/17/2014 1:58:04 PM