Concrete Products

NOV 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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PHOTOS: Concrete Products 16 • November 2017 NEWS SCOPE COVER STORY Eastern Concrete Materials veteran Ed Rieper took the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association's 2017 National Mixer Driver Championship, staged at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas, during the group's Concrete- Works 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. Joining Rieper atop the field, second to fifth: David Man- gold of Cemex USA, Cocoa, Fla., who finished fourth in the 2015 competition and was 2016 Driver of the Year runner up; Gary Bethea of Maschmeyer Concrete Co., Lake Park, Fla.; Benny Grippe of Ferrara Bros. LLC, Flushing, N.Y.; and Allen Rogers of Concrete Supply Co., Lancaster, S.C. The National Mixer Driver Championship combines a 12-station challenge course measuring contestants' abil- ity to maneuver rear or front discharge mixer trucks in common plant or site conditions; visual vehicle inspec- tion and computer-based reaction time tests; and, written exam. The NRMCA Operations, Environmental and Safety Committee opens the competition to drivers prevailing in mixer truck roadeo or challenge events hosted by state and regional associations, or by producer members. Eastern Concrete, Cemex, Maschmeyer delivery pros rise to challenge From left, first to fifth place: Eastern Concrete's Ed Rieper, Cemex USA's David Mangold, Maschmeyer Concrete's Gary Bethea, Ferrara Broth- ers' Benny Grippe, and Concrete Supply's Allen Rogers. Dallas' Redi-Mix Concrete, a sister business of Eastern Concrete and Ferrara Bros. under U.S. Concrete, held up its end of the bargain for a parade of mixer trucks leading to the challenge course. PHOTOS: Concrete Products

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