Pair of Canadians place in Top 3 for Western Star’s ‘Get Tough Challenge’

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Western Star Trucks held its ‘Get Tough Challenge’ during the World of Concrete 2017 (WoC) show in Las Vegas last month, awarding prizes to the Top 3 finishers each day, including a pair of Canadian competitors on Day 3.

Ani Todd Smith of Level 6 Marketing said winners of the three-day challenge were determined by the highest score out of 50, and if there was a tie, the fastest time was taken into account.

The list of Day 1 winners from first to third place include Wade Wettstein, Lone Wolf Concrete, 46 points; William McDaid, Swilly Concrete, 42 points; and Tom Kunsman, Kunsman and Son Paving and Sealcoating, 40 points. Day 2 winners were Stan Chupp, Ultimate Edge, 49 points; Dallas Decker, Decker Pumping, 48 points; and Tommy Kunsman, Kunsman and Son Paving and Sealcoating, 47 points. And Day 3 winners included Tommy Kunsman, Kunsman and Son Paving and Sealcoating, 50 points; Terence Hiebert, Dura-Con Industries, Rosenort, Man., 48 points with a time of 5:48; and Kevin Eek, John Eek and Son, Bradford, Ont., 48 points with a time of 6:10.

“The challenge allowed contestants to demonstrate their operating and safety knowledge of Class 8 severe duty trucks, including concrete mixers and dump trucks,” Todd Smith explained. “The challenge featured tasks that often occur on construction sites. They included backing into park stations, parallel parking to a curb, following an S-curve and backing up a ramp made of granular fill.”

Western Star's 'Get Tough Challenge' happened in Las Vegas at World of Concrete 2017.
Western Star’s ‘Get Tough Challenge’ happened in Las Vegas at World of Concrete 2017.

WoC said feedback from the show, which ran Jan. 16-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, has been positive, resulting in a 73% rebook on booth space for its 2018 show.

“We are very pleased with the results of this 2017 event,” said senior vice-president of Informa Exhibitions US, Construction and Real Estate. “As the construction industry continues with its upward momentum over the past few years, World of Concrete has successfully kept pace, providing the industry with the latest products, technologies, and educational offerings. This once again positions WOC as the event for concrete and masonry professionals.”

WoC 2017 drew 50,770 registered professional and featured more than 1,455 companies.

“Exhibitors and attendees seemed very pleased with WoC 2017 from the show floor to the educational opportunities,” said WoC director Jackie James. “Although the show was earlier than in past years, the industry showed up in force to see new products, network with their peers and prepare for business in 2017. International attendance was strong with representation from India, Italy, Philippines, Costa Rica, Brazil, China, Japan, South Korea, Chile, Argentina and many other countries.”

WoC 2018 will take place Jan. 23-26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

A university graduate with a degree in English, I have worked in the media and trucking industries as a writer, editor, and now as western bureau chief of Today's Trucking and I have several years of management experience in journalism, as well as hospitality, but am first and foremost a writer, both professionally and in my personal life, having completed two fiction novels.

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