Great Times Had By All at the CRMCA Summer Convention

CRMCA Members made the beautiful Grove Park Inn home for a few days earlier this month with a record breaking CRMCA Summer Convention.  Upon arrival, attendees were greeted with a conference bag compliments of Holcim our Welcome Sponsor.

The conference got under way with our opening Past Presidents Reception which was sponsored by Argos, GCP Applied Technologies, National Cement and Roanoke Cement Company.  We were honored to have a few of our Past Presidents in attendance, pictured below: D. Van Smith, Jr., William Jackson, Jerry Smeltzer, Mark Hartsell, Mike Berry,  Randy Buchanan, Ted Chandler, Jay Loftin, and Henry Batten.

On Friday Morning Delta Mitchum presented our Plant Safety Awards.  Certificates were awarded to the following companies:

Argos USA, LLC – 32 Gold, 3 Bronze
Carolina Ready Mix and Builders Supply Inc. – 3 Gold
Central Carolina Concrete – 13 Gold, 2 Silver
Chandler Concrete Co., Inc. – 12 Gold, 2 Silver , 2 Bronze
Concrete Service Co. – 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
Concrete Supply Company – 5 Gold, 10 Silver, 5 Bronze
S & W Ready Mix Concrete Company – 4 Gold, 2 Silver, 12 Bronze
S. T. Wooten Corporation – 4 Gold, 2 Silver
Southern Concrete Materials – 12 Gold, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze
Thomas Concrete, Inc. – 4 Gold, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze
Wiggins Concrete Co., Inc. – 1 Gold, 1 Silver

This year’s new Environmental Awards were sponsored by Resource Management Associates and presented by Doug Ruhlin.  The Environmental Excellence award for the category of 1 – 10 trucks was presented to S & W Ready Mix Concrete for their Castle Hayne Plant.  The award for 10 plus trucks category was presented to Concrete Supply for their Mooresville Plant.  The Environmental Improvement Award went to S & W Ready Mix Concrete for their Goldsboro Plant.

Education opportunities for both Friday and Saturday were sponsored by Martin Marietta and The SEFA Group.  Topics covered Engaging Your Team in a Customer Service Culture, Technology at Human Scale, Life Cycle Cost Analysis & Pavement Management Asset Systems as well as Emerging Mega Trends in Concrete Sustainability.

Friday’s golf event was held at the Grove Park Country Club with 18 teams vying to be this year’s champions.  This year’s winning team consisted of Chris Liner, Drew Turner, Chad Eyster and Scott Gibbes.  Our second place team included Randy Buchanan, Billy Buchanan, Steve Bruce, and Blake Crowder.  Finally our third place team was Rick Robarge, Bart Jones, Cliff Hicks, and Marty Reinfeld.

A special thank you to Terex Advance for sponsoring our Team Photo Area this year!  Click here for the  2018 CRMCA Golf Photos.

Friday Night’s Boots, Beer & Bingo was sponsored by Rush Truck Center and International Trucks.  The night included a Wall of Beer and a lot of entertainment with our first ever Music Bingo!

Hanson Aggregates sponsored the Saturday Night Gala.  Thanks were given to Henry Batten for his two-year service as CRMCA President.  The CRMCA Membership and Promotions

Committee recognized Member of the Year Awards.  These new awards recognized companies that stepped up to the plate in numerous ways over the last year whether through general service, board service, teaching, mentoring or promotion efforts.  This year’s winners include:

New Member of the Year – Jim Clardy of Merrill Lynch
Affiliate of the Year – Dallas Owens of Granite Contracting
Associate of the Year – Brian Sheffler of GRT-MAPEI
Producer of the Year – Henry Martin of Thomas Concrete, Inc.

This year, two new members were inducted into the CRMCA Concrete Hall of Fame.  Tom Chandler and George Turner joined Bill Arent, Jim Barnes, Carol Yoder and Jerry Smeltzer in the Hall of Fame which honors individuals each year for their contributions to the concrete industry in the Carolinas.  Ted Chandler introduced his father while Jay Loftin introduced George to the CRMCA members during the Saturday Night Gala.