The 15th annual Driver of the Year program salutes Bob Lowery of Jack B. Parson Companies in Ogden, Utah. Also recognized is finalist Dominic Giancaspro of Prairie Material in Bridgeview, Ill. The honorees were selected by a panel of judges—assembled by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association's Operations, Environmental, and Safety Committee—on the basis of multiple criteria, including competence and service skills; number of years without an on- or off-site accident; and, customer and colleague testimonials. During a March 21 presentation ceremony to be held during the NRMCA's Annual Convention at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, a $5,000 check from the Truck Mixers Manufacturers Bureau will be awarded to the Driver of the Year, with the finalist receiving a $500 TMMB prize. Program cosponsors Concrete Products and NRMCA commend these outstanding professionals for their expert workmanship in an industry that could not thrive without the precision and enthusiastic effort they exemplify.
Bob Lowery's list of achievements during his nearly 44-year career is remarkable, even to those that work with him regularly. Driving for Jack B. Parson Companies, Lowery began his career as a service man, but within a year moved to the company's ready mix division, driving a conventional mixer and serving as trainer/mentor. For the next 21 years, Lowery delivered bulk cement and other raw materials to the company's ready mixed plants, during which time he served as president and vice president of his drivers' union. In 1993, Lowery took charge of a large site project, setting up and operating a ready mixed plant with production and quality control responsibilities for one year. He spent the next several years operating a loader, driving a ready mixed truck and working as a hiring trainer. In the spring of 1997, Lowery got back into a mixer and has been delivering the highest standard of service to customers. "Bob exemplifies hard work and dedication to his job," said JBP Operation Manager Hudd Hayes. "It is remarkable that Bob has called in sick only three times in almost 44 years."
Lowery won the Utah RMC Mixer Roadeo in 2002, and in his 21 years in ready mix delivery, he has not had a single load rejected. It is estimated that he has hauled well over 100,000 yd. of concrete and more than 1.5 million tons of cement and aggregates. He has worked more than 90,000 hours without a DOT-recordable incident or any on-the-job injury. "Bob has done it all in the ready mix industry and has always been an example and trusted co-worker," added Hayes. "He exemplifies the strongest ethics of hard work and dedication, and is often relied upon for directions and assistance by his fellow drivers."
Fast approaching his 30-year anniversary as a ready mix driver for Prairie Material, Dominic Giancaspro has emerged as a leader in all areas. Giancaspro is assigned to the company's Des Plaines, Ill., location and is often on pours at O'Hare International Airport. These are high-pressure jobs that require additional training to be allowed to enter such a facility. On more than one occasion and due to his customer relations skills being second to none, Giancaspro often has been requested as the driver to bring the concrete to a certain contractor. For y ears, OSHA has had a a concrete pour at its training location in Carol Stream, Ill., and the instructor has contacted Prairie to make certain that Giancaspro was the driver.
He is a mentor driver that assisted in training and keeping the yard accident and incident free for the past five years. For several years, Giancaspro was assigned to drive Oshkosh front discharge mixers and more recently he has moved to a late-model, rear-discharge truck. He can always be commended on the condition of his truck, an all-day, everyday operation that requires constant cleaning to maintain the vehicle. He has also been the driver that was selected to represent Prairie in the Ready Mix competition for the past two years. Anthony Grosso of Terrell Materials, a company that rents mixer trucks from Prairie for the O'Hare work, said, “Prairie tucks have delivered approximately 40,000 of the 300,000-plus yards placed [for this job]. One driver, in particular, stands out as an example of excellence in his chosen profession: Dominic Giancaspro. He is efficient without sacrificing safety, always shows up with a smile, and more importantly, after a long hard day, leaves with one.”