Florida Driver Named “Best of the Best” at NRMCA’s National Mixer Driver Championship
Kissimmee, Florida – October 6, 2019 – Ready mixed concrete mixer truck driver Luis Martinez from Maschmeyer Concrete of Orlando, Florida, earned top honors at this year’s National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s National Mixer Driver Championship. The event was held at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, just outside Orlando, Florida, in conjunction with NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks 2019. Mr. Martinez also earned the champion’s check of $5,000. Luis has been driving for Maschmeyer Concrete for 5 years and was the runner-up in the 2017 Florida Concrete & Products Association State Safety & Skills Competition.
Now in its 14th year, this year’s national contest “was the largest group of drivers to ever compete,” according to NRMCA’s Executive Vice President of Operations and Compliance, Gary Mullings. Ninety-six drivers, which included state rodeo champions, as well as NRMCA member company champions from around the nation, competed to be crowned the “Best of
the Best”. Mr. Martinez was selected champion based on a
cumulative score derived from competitions that included a driving challenge course, visual vehicle inspection, reaction-time test, delivery ticket station and a 2-hour written examination. Awards were presented for the top five finishers. The Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau (TMMB) was the premiere sponsor of the event.
Second place and a check for $2,000 from TMMB, went to Bruce Mitchell, of Chestertown, Indiana. Mr. Mitchell is a veteran driver of more than 16 years and drives for Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, Inc. Bruce is the reigning Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association Truck Rodeo Champion.
Third place and a check for $1,000 from TMMB, went to Greg Browne of Olympia, Washington. Mr. Browne has been driving for Miles Sand and Gravel Company for 9 years. Mr. Browne is the 2-time and reigning Miles Sand and Gravel, Washington State Rodeo Champion.
The forth place finisher, receiving a TMMB check for $600, is Michael Trierweiler of Santa Rosa, California. Mr. Trierweiler has been driving for CEMEX for the last 6 years. Michael is the reigning 2019 CEMEX Bay Area Safety Rodeo Champion.
The fifth-place finisher, receiving a check for $400 from TMMB is Ronald Lengyen from Silvi Construction Products, who lives in Columbus, New Jersey. Ronald is a veteran driver of more than 34 years. He is a Certified NRMCA Concrete Delivery Professional.
Also honored at the driver awards banquet were drivers who distinguished themselves at various stages of the competition. The top scorer of the “Closest to the Egg” station was Russel Walton, Jr. from Howlin Concrete, Owings, Maryland. The top scorer at the “Delivery Ticket” Station was Lee Basil Pierce from Argos USA, Cumming, Georgia. The popular “Bowling Station” returned to the competition for the 7th year. Seven drivers scored a nine: Henry Arrington from CEMEX, Lakeland, Florida; Scott Cato from Hedges Bros. Concrete, Dayton, Ohio; Andre Ferreira, from US Concrete, Martinez, California; Antonio Ortega from CalPortland, Glendale, Arizona; John Poehler from Hawkeye Ready Mix, Columbus Junction, Iowa; DJ Pusey from CEMEX, Naples, Florida; Kelly Rorie from Chandler Concrete, Hillsboro, North Carolina; and, Stuart Wells from Vulcan Materials Company, Dundalk, Maryland. Drivers were also tested to determine who had the fastest reaction time through computerized testing. The title of “Fastest in the Nation” went to Jacob Simpson from Sequatchie Concrete Services, Ringgold, Georgia. At the “Inspection Station”, the top scorers were; Victor Garcia from Maschmeyer Concrete, Orlando, Florida and John Marzalik from VCNA Prairie, Algonquin, Illinois. The highest score on the written exam and title of “Smartest Driver in the Room” went to Bobby Bates from Thomas Concrete, Ball Ground, Georgia. As well, drivers again competed
in the “Chute Hoops” station. An amazing 74 drivers successfully made a basket with a basketball rolling down a moving concrete truck concrete chute. Finally, taking the top spot on the Driving Challenge Course, by outscoring all others was the eventual champion, Luis Martinez from Maschmeyer Concrete.
Created in 1930, NRMCA, a non-profit organization based in Alexandria, VA, represents the producers of ready mixed concrete and the companies that provide materials, equipment and support to the industry. It conducts education, training, promotion, research, engineering, safety, environmental, technological, lobbying and regulatory programs.
South Florida Water Management District
The SFWMD Okeechobee Field Station were installing a series of temporary pumps to capture water from the S-135 Basin that would otherwise go into Lake Okeechobee. The water will instead be moved into Phase 2 of the Lakeside Ranch Stormwater Treatment Area for shallow storage.
The 2,700-acre Lakeside Ranch STA in western Martin County is a key component of the Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program that will improve the quality of water flowing into the lake.
"Lake Okeechobee is the heart of the Everglades," said SFWMD Governing Board member Brandon Tucker. "The Lakeside Ranch STA will reduce the amount of phosphorus in water that flows into the lake to benefit the entire region. This is, yet, another critical restoration project that is being completed under the leadership of this District and Gov. Rick Scott.
SFWMD previously constructed 2,700 acres of wetlands in two phases, capable of treating stormwater runoff from the Taylor Creek and Nubbin Slough basins flowing into Lake Okeechobee. The treatment area uses wetland plants to remove phosphorus from stormwater runoff naturally.
The S-191A Pump Station is the last component of the Lakeside Ranch project. Taylor Creek and Nubbin Slough basins have the highest phosphorus levels of any incoming watershed into the lake, with average total levels of more than 400 parts per billion (ppb). Phosphorus levels leaving Lakeside Ranch after treatment have been measured as low as 20 ppb. The STA can remove nearly 21 tons of phosphorus each year from the waters feeding the lake.
Maschmeyer Concrete Company of Florida is Expanding its Business to the Tampa Bay Region
Maschmeyer Concrete Company of Florida is excited to announce the acquisition of the B.E.T.-ER MIX Apollo Beach ready-mix concrete and block plant at 401 Big Bend Rd., Gibsonton, FL 33534. Maschmeyer will acquire all assets, team members, and customer base at the Apollo Beach location, where it will operate under the Maschmeyer Concrete Company name as the cornerstone of its new Tampa Bay Region.
Maschmeyer, which has provided its customers in Southeast and Central Florida with quality products and services for over 33 years, views the acquisition of B.E.T.-ER MIX Apollo Beach as a natural next step in the company's growth.
Troy Maschmeyer, Owner and CEO, comments, “Maschmeyer is thrilled to enter the Tampa market, and we are looking forward to providing the same high-level quality products and services that have been our family tradition for over 71 years!”
With the recent acquisition, Maschmeyer now operates eighteen ready-mix concrete plants, three concrete block plants and a fleet of over 240 delivery vehicles.
Terry White, Owner and President of B.E.T.-ER MIX, comments, “Both Maschmeyer and B.E.T.-ER MIX are family-owned and American operated companies. The aligning of our mission and values makes me excited for our Apollo Beach employees and our customers to receive the same dedicated and personal service they have come to expect!”
Since 1948, Maschmeyer Concrete has earned the reputation of making it easy for its customers to do business with the company while providing a superior work atmosphere for its team members. More information about Maschmeyer Concrete Company and its products and services can be found at www.maschmeyer.com or give us a call!
Southeast: (561)-844-9994 | Central: (407)-339-5311 | Tampa Bay: (813)-341-9994
Tom Schultz has been a Team Member with Maschmeyer Concrete Company for 6 years now. He is a hardworking and dedicated member of the Central Customer Service team out of our Orlando Office.
He recently took home the outstanding title of Team Member of the Year 2018 at Maschmeyer’s Annual Award Banquet (Central Region) this past April.
Check out the exceptional review below from Eric Scanlon, President of Top Form Industrial, showcasing Tom’s dedication and constant hard work for our Customers!
Keep up the great work Tom!
Just wanted to drop a quick line about one of your employees. I have been working with Tom Shultz, COD Dispatcher for a couple years now. We do work all over the country and worked closely with Tom on about 60 or so pours early last year as we were doing a FL program for Walmart. That program has taken us elsewhere in the country for the past 8 months. We got another project in Orlando that was a 260 yard pour, which we did last week. When I called Tom 8 months later, he was excited to hear from me again and remembered details of our small talk conversations that no other vendor would ever remember. Just as last year, he made this order so easy and the coordination of the pour even easier. He communicated regularly and would always follow up to make sure all went well, always giving me the comfort that Maschmeyer had their part of the project under control and was something I no longer had to worry about. It’s honestly a breath of fresh air to deal with someone who is so focused on customer service in a time when so many others in this country fail to recognize customer service and its importance. I typically deal with 30+ concrete vendors a year and I cringe every time we have a project that’s not in Maschmeyer’s territory. I understand it takes an entire organization to be on the same page to make things operate as smoothly as you guys do, and I appreciate all those who make it possible, but Tom is a special person who always makes the process a positive experience in a way that I have not seen replicated in the industry. I appreciate the job he does.”
Keith Gooch won the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida Youth of the Year, congratulations Keith!
March 7, 2019
President/CEO at Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida
I can think back and remember several clear and defined moments where Boys & Girls Clubs have significantly impacted the lives of our Club members. I cherish these moments of perspective because growth can be difficult to see during the day-to-day, week-after-week cadence of running an organization. Last week at Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida’s Youth of The Year ceremony, the growth was again clear for everyone to see.
I was filled with a sense of satisfaction and purpose as I watched 20 Junior and Youth of The Year candidates, exceptional leaders in their Clubs and communities, recognized in front of their families, Boys & Girls Club staff and board members.
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Companies and Individuals Honored for Their Achievements in Business at Command Alkon's ELEVATE Awards Ceremony
West Palm Beach, Florida- Maschmeyer Concrete, announces being recognized for "Excellence in OnBase" at Command Alkon's 2018 ELEVATE Awards. This award celebrates OnBase administrators or users that have been exemplary in participating in or leading a project in the last year that has provided significant impact to the efficiency of their department or to the overall company. Two finalists and an overall winner were selected for their proven "out of the box" understanding of business process, focused application of technology and change management leadership with others.
"This year marks the second annual ELEVATE Awards Ceremony, where we honor outstanding employee performance and exceptional business achievements. Three finalists were selected and the winners were decided through multiple criteria and a series of evaluations. This year's batch of nominees was competitive and inspiring- coming from all sectors of the Heavy Building Materials supply chain. We are honored to recognize *Company name* as a recipient of this achievement," Charity Newsome, Marketing Revenue Manager, Command Alkon.
The Excellence Awards celebrate companies that drive success in their organization through the use of technology. These companies were recognized for their Excellence in OnBase:
Next-gen technology transforms the supply chains of trading partners in the Heavy Building Materials ecosystem by automating manual processes to streamline operations for lowering costs and creating efficiencies. Companies gain insights to make more informed decisions from the digital information gathered across their supply chains with the help of Command Alkon solutions.
ABOUT COMMAND ALKON
At Command Alkon, we believe in building an amazing world with solutions that deliver automation, visibility, collaboration and simplification to the Heavy Building Materials industry. Our integrated, digital supply chain solutions create an ecosystem for producers, suppliers and haulers of ready-mixed concrete, aggregates, asphalt, cement, and manufactured concrete, where operational transparency and efficiency drive profits. For over 40 years, our people, software and automation have kept clients moving to build the things that matter. Command Alkon is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama and has offices in locations around the globe. For more information, visit commandalkon.com.
Maschmeyer Concrete completed one of its largest mat pours to date in the company’s 31-year history. The pour consisted of more than 5,500 cubic yards of concrete and took place at the Dr. Phillip’s Performing Arts Center in Orlando, FL. A feat of this magnitude is something to be proud of and we applaud the men and women of Maschmeyer Concrete who assisted in its safe and successful execution.
Congratulations to the Technical Services team at #MaschmeyerConcrete for being honored by the NRMCA for Excellence in Quality 2018.
The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s Producer Excellence in Quality Award recognizes the commitment to quality initiatives of ready mixed concrete producer members. A significant barrier to performance specifications for concrete, determined in the P2P Initiative, has been the qualification level of a concrete producer. This award provides a basis to recognize those that strive for continuous improvement through their quality initiatives. It provides reasonable goals for those concrete producers interested in elevating their own quality management systems.
The criteria for this award are based on the guideline to develop a Quality Plan in Quality Management Systems for Ready Mixed Concrete Companies.
For more information: https://www.aggregateresearch.com/news/nrmca-announces-winners-of-excellence-in-quality-awards-2018/