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Volumetric Mixer Bureau launches operator certification

The Volumetric Mixer Manufacturers Bureau, a National Ready Mixed Concrete Association affiliate, has finalized certification criteria aimed at building operator professionalism and providing proof of industry-specific knowledge. The Volumetric Mixer Operator Certification Program can be used to provide a career path while improving customer service skills, along with company and industry image. Open to candidates with at least three months’ on-the-job experience, the NRMCA-administered program spans Safety, Concrete Technology, Volumetric Operation and Maintenance, and Customer and Company Relations sections. Each is covered in a VMMB workbook outlining a standard of knowledge and skills a professional volumetric mixer operator should possess.

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NRMCA survey measures minor decline in mixer driver pool

Results from the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Workforce Development Committee’s 2018 Mixer Driver Recruitment and Retention Survey confirm increased pressure on ready mixed producers to maintain a healthy concrete delivery professional pool. The survey indicates that the industry’s driver ranks dropped 3 percent between January and December 2017, while 48 percent of respondents reported lost business because they did not have drivers to deliver orders—up 12 percent from last year’s survey.

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Cemex Arizona ace takes National Mixer Driver Championship

A delivery professional based at the Cemex plant in Marana, Ariz., Thomas Comeau won the 2018 National Mixer Truck Driver Championship, 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.

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100,000th McNeilus mixer bound for CalPortland’s Glacier Northwest fleet

A milestone, technology-laden Bridgemaster that McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing Co. displayed at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s ConcreteWorks conference outside Washington, D.C., has been dispatched to Washington State, joining the fleet of the CalPortland Co. Glacier Northwest business.

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Precast owns up to Cuomo Bridge joint venture’s expectations

The final span of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge opened last month, linking New York and New Jersey over the Hudson River and succeeding the Tappan Zee Bridge. The New York State Thruway Authority, in partnership with the Fluor Corp.-led joint venture of Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) replaced the old steel trestle-style structure with a 3.1-mile, twin-span bridge between Westchester and Rockland counties. The cable-stayed main span is supported by eight 419-ft. towers, which stand at 5-degree angles and feature a sleek, chamfered design. The towers support 192 stay cables, embodying nearly 5,000 miles of steel strand.

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