This year’s National Ready-Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) National Mixer Driver Championship’s first prize was awarded to Edward "Eddie" Rieper. Eddie is a mixer driver for U.S. Concrete's New Jersey business unit, Eastern Concrete Materials. The competition was held last weekend at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, in conjunction with NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks.
Eddie has operated mixer trucks for over 30 years and drives the iconic ARMY tribute truck out of Eastern Concrete’s Bogota Plant. Eddie, the 2015 NRMCA Driver of the Year, placed 5th in this competition last year.
Competing to be the “Best of the Best,” Eddie was selected 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 Monday night at the ConcreteWorks banquet, celebrating mixer drivers from all over the country.
Placing fourth in this year’s National Mixer Driver Championship and awarded highest score in the Driving Skills portion of the competition was Benny Grippi from Ferrara Bros. Benny's home plant is the Hoyt Street plant in Brooklyn, New York. Benny has driven mixers for 14 years and worked for Ferrara Bros. for the last five years.