CBM concrete truck drivers compete

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BELLEVILLE, Ont. — Canada Building Materials hosted a truck rodeo June 8, which brought together 17 drivers who competed in front of 75 employees and family members.

The third annual event was held at CBM’s Belleville plant and was dedicated to Mario Paniccia, a long-time employee who recently passed away. Paniccia’s family attended the event and his wife Patricia was presented with a diecast CBM mixer model.

Also invited to attend was the Kerry’s Place Autism Services organization, which provides services to children with autism. The organization was the benefactor of the day’s fundraising activities, which totaled $1,100. Donations were made by CMB employees and the local Teamsters chapters. Raffle winner Al Davidson donated his winnings back to the organization and then CMB agreed to match the total funds raised.

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On the course, drivers competed on a track that was set up to duplicate an actual job site and had to navigate their way through eight obstacles. Their truck inspection skills were also tested.

The first place winner was Tony Parkes of CBM Cambridge. Fred Shea of CBM Milton took second place and third place honours went to Dave McCreary of CBM Greater Toronto Area.

The three winners will go on to represent CBM at the RMCAO Concrete Truck Rodeo in Pickering Aug. 17 at Miller Waste Systems.

The Aug. 17 competition is open to up to 40 drivers who are active members in the Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario. Drivers have until June 27 to register. Volunteers are also being sought. For more information, contact Nancy Chapman at nchapman@rmcao.org.

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