RAPID CITY, S.D. - Pete Lien & Sons will host a friendly ready mix delivery driver competition Saturday, June 8, in the King Center parking lot at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
A dozen company drivers who were top contenders at regionals in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Gillette, Wyo., Fort Pierre, the Northern Black Hills, and Rapid City will compete in a series of events beginning around 9 a.m. The public is invited to the competition, which is expected to last until about noon.
"This is not training but is more of a skills challenge meant to be both fun and to raise safe operation awareness of our delivery professionals," said Kim Sarver, Pete Lien Ready Mix Division manager. "The whole idea of the event is to promote skill and safety, and to recognize these operators and the challenging job they have, motivating them to improve, to be recognized by their peers."
Eight events will test drivers in safely operating a ready mix truck, knowing the limits of their trucks at all times, and navigating tight locations. Trucks will never travel faster than approximately 5 mph.
The company has worked closely with the School of Mines concrete program for many years, according to M.R. Hansen, longtime concrete professor.
In addition to truck driving events, the competition includes an early-morning written exam testing knowledge in categories of safety, environmental issues, customer relations, product knowledge and equipment.
South Dakota Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Enforcement officials are expected to help conduct a pre-trip inspection in which drivers will identify planted defects during a typical routine check.
The King Center is located on the south end of campus. Bleachers will be placed in the parking lot.