Concrete Products

MAR 2019

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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44 • March 2019 FEATURE READY MIXED A mixer driver for 36 years, all without an on-the-job accident, George Weaver was his current employer's first hire in 1996. "[He] defines the term 'delivery professional' in every way. His skills expand the job description and go beyond comment," says Wayne Concrete President Lisa Stephens. "When customers personally request his service and go out of their way to show their appreciation, he becomes my best customer service representative. When he trains and mentors all new hires, he becomes my best human resources representative. When he wears the company logo and every building in his neighborhood has Wayne Con- crete in their construction, he becomes my best sales representative." "I have yet to see another mixer driver as professional and technically savvy as George. He communicates and works hand in hand with the plant technician and myself," adds Penn - DOT District 2's Dan Rucinski. "Site inspectors love to see him show up because they know his concrete load will be spot on. After site testing is completed, George will contact the plant to make sure they get all the results so any adjustment can be made on subsequent loads." PennDOT staff is not alone in acknowledging Weaver's depth of knowledge and commitment, notes Wayne Concrete Executive Vice President William C. Haas, Jr., adding: "Customers tell me 'George is in a league all by himself.' On any critical placement, [his] is the first truck. He sets the pace for the rest of the fleet. When I have a problem at the plant, George is my go to guy for help. He works until everything is done." On top of all that, Haas quips, "His mixer truck is cleaner than my car." "George has delivered hundreds of loads to me over the years. We have never had a problem with any concrete that he has brought us," affirms Dan Dunbar of Double D Con- struction, Richburg, N.Y. "He has never backed into the job without walking the route and discussing my plan of attack. Many times he has made suggestions that changed my plan for the better. George Weaver is hands down the best all-around driver I have ever seen." Front Line Excellence The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association's 23 rd Ready Mixed Con- crete Delivery Professional Driver of the Year program recognizes four industry veterans from a pool of outstanding nominees. The NRMCA Safety, Environmental and Operations Committee assembled a panel of judges to weigh nominees' competence, driving skills, number of years without an accident, and colleague or customer testimonials. The NRMCA Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau will present checks of $5,000 to Driver of the Year David Buoncristiani (page 47) and $1,000 to Runners-Up George Weaver of Wayne Concrete, Shinglehouse, Pa. (below); Michael Salo of GCC Ready Mix, Aberdeen, S.D. (opposite page); and, Eddie Thompson of Chandler Concrete Co., Burlington, N.C. (page 46). These delivery professionals are also being honored this month in Tampa during the NRMCA 2019 Convention. As Driver of the Year program cosponsor, Concrete Products joins the association and Safety, Environmental and Operations Committee in congratulating all 2019 nominees for their professionalism, safe operating skills, teamwork, and critical role in conveying a positive message about ready mixed concrete.

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