Concrete Products

NOV 2018

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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12 • November 2018 NEWS SCOPE BY DON MARSH A delivery professional based at the Cemex plant in Marana, Ariz., Thomas Comeau won the 2018 National Mixer Truck Driver Cham- pionship, staged during the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association ConcreteWorks fall conference in National Harbor, Md. He received a $5,000 check from the Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau, NRMCA affiliate, after prevailing among a field of 80 peers who negotiated an eight-station driving course; six-point vehicle inspection, operating or related skills challenge; and, written exam. Comeau arrived at Cemex in 2014 from the Pima County Sheriff's Office. Along with the career change, he committed himself to the company's safety program, helping other Cemex Arizona ace takes National Mixer Driver Championship drivers whenever possible. In Cemex compe- titions, he has earned the title of best driver in Arizona for the last three years, allowing him to compete in the National Mixer Driver Championship. Rounding out this year's Championship leaders, from second to fifth place, were: Russell Walton of Howlin Concrete, Owings, Md., $2,000 TMMB cash prize; John Marzalik of Prairie Materials, Chicago, $1,000; Thomas Curley of Smokey Point Concrete, Arlington, Wash., $600; and, Brian Risher of MMC Mate- rials Inc., Forest, Miss., $400. The NRMCA Safety, Operations & Environ- mental Committee opens the Championship to the winners of state or regional mixer driving challenges, or those taking pro- ducer member driving competitions. Now in its 12 th year, the event spans three compe- titions: 1) Driving Course Challenges, with stations titled Tightest Turn, Tennis Ball Drive-Through, Parallel Park, Forward Stop, On Target, Rear-Wheel Back-through, Scale Box and Backing Stop; 2) Driver Ability Chal- lenges, with Walk Around, Visual Vehicle and Delivery Ticket Inspection, Chute a Hoop, Break an Egg, Bowling, and Reaction Time Test stations; and, 3) a two-hour, multiple choice exam based on NRMCA Truck Mixer Driver Manual. The National Mixer Driver Championship has become the anchoring event within NRMCA's fall ConcreteWorks gathering. Con- creteWorks 2019 is scheduled for October 5-7 at the Gaylord Palms Resort, Kissimmee, Fla. Championship leaders and their 75 peers were honored during a banquet at the Concrete- Works venue, Gaylord National Harbor Resort. Joining top gun Thomas Comeau of Cemex (left) are, from second to fifth place: Howlin Concrete's Russell Walton, Prairie Materials' John Marzalik, Smokey Point Concrete's Thomas Curley, and MMC Materials' Brian Risher. PHOTOS: Concrete Products The Driver Course and Ability Challenge stations were set up adjacent to the Gaylord National Harbor Resort.

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