Concrete Products

MAR 2017

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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Page 42 of 85 March 2017 • 39 FEATURE READY MIXED Oakland Plant-based Michael Castellanos is closing in on 32 years with Right Away, all without a vehicle acci- dent. Plant Manager Sheilah Young observes, "Mike 'Casty' Castellanos embodies the core values of our company: Excel- lence in customer service, safety and productivity. His career began as a teenager washing tools for a local concrete contractor, eventually working his way up to be an accomplished finisher. Recognized for his out- standing work ethic and knowledge of concrete, he was recruited by the owner of Right Away and trained to drive a concrete mixer." "He has been the go-to driver for tackling sites that most ready mixed companies in our area would not take on, as well as delivering more technically challenging material for architectural and structural applications," Young adds. "He is a favorite driver with our custom- ers and often [called] for the difficult jobs that require tremendous maneuvering skills. Mike is a leader and mentor. He has developed into one of our most trusted driver trainers because of his focus on [U.S. Concrete's] 'Safety First' and customer service. We know when Mike has released a trainee to be on his own, the new driver is ready to succeed, no matter how mundane or potentially difficult the delivery because of the thoroughness of Mike's tutelage. "Through the years of company growth and industry and economic flux, one constant has remained: Mike's dedication to excellence. He is loyal, dependable and respectful of customers, co-workers, management and company equipment, and a voice of reason in tense times." "Michael Castellanos is a professional mixer driver who has deliv- ered concrete to my pump for more than 25 years," notes contractor Don Olney. "There have been many drivers over [that time] that have delivered to me, but Mike stands out as a professional. He is concerned with safely driving to the job with the correct mix, slump and color" and "is one of the reasons Right Away Redy Mix is the success it is today." "Our success is dependent on firms such as Right Away Redy Mix," writes Myron Hagen of Ned Clyde Construction. "I am always impressed by good firms and their hard working employees and ethics. Mr. Castellanos has been conscientious on the job, helping to make sure things are done properly and safely, not only on the road, but at the sites. He works diligently to be a safe driver, a job that is hard to do with such heavy loads on our busy highways. Safety is always a big issue and when done properly, without fail, leads to success for all. I highly recommend Michael Castellanos as an extraordinary candidate for the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association's 2017 Driver of the Year." Adds El Macero, Calif., contractor Jesse Esquivias: "Not only does he provide excellent customer service on behalf of Right Away Redy Mix, but he respects my crew as well. Mike is courteous and punctual, along with being concrete savvy. He has made sure that my orders are complete [and] timely. Mike is a good representative of the company and allows me to continue to do service with Right Away."

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