I recently had the opportunity to attend the Florida Concrete & Products Association’s (FC&PA) annual Safety Skills competition in Daytona Beach, Florida. The competition showcases the driving and operating skills of ready mix concrete trucks, front end loaders, fork lifts, and truck pre-checks (DVIR). Among the competitors were Cemex USA, Argos USA, Titan America, CRH Americas’ Preferred Materials, and Maschmeyer Concrete.
The competition and comradery among the contestants was all in good fun, but everyone was wanting to be on the platform – hoisting up a trophy with their brand and colors on full display. When all was said and done, Maschmeyer Concrete took home the overall team win and the top individual trophies.
Steve Bishop, Maschmeyer Concretes’ Vice President was able to spend a few minutes with me recapping the event and what it means to the Maschmeyer team members.
Pete: Hello Steve, congratulations on winning your 9th straight Florida Concrete Products Association Safety Skills Competition.
Steve: Thanks Pete! It was great to see our team competing at such a skilled level.
Pete: I was able to attend this year’s contest and saw firsthand the enthusiasm that the Maschmeyer team members had for their Safety Champions, and all of the fun they were having. Tell me a little bit about how Maschmeyer built its safety culture.
Steve: We have made it a competition; from “Safety Bingo,” to plant lunches, as well as bonuses for the team members – we make the safety stats a KPI that the team can track to see their performance.
Pete: Over the past 10 years, Maschmeyer has experienced incredible growth. You’re at ? 17 plants with over 200 trucks? throughout SE and Central Florida. What are some of the things you have done to make sure the Safety culture keeps its positive momentum?
Steve: We have promoted a “take ownership” approach. Safety isn’t left to the Safety Director and his team. Everyone is empowered to be a part of the success.
Pete: I noticed at the FC&PA Safety Skills Competition that Troy Maschmeyer (President), Jeff Bishop (COO), Jim Munro (GM), and yourself (VP) were all there supporting your team members, and how comfortable everyone was interacting with each other. How does this carry over after the competition in the real world? Out in the hot Florida sun, when the day to day operations kick in, how does Maschmeyer get Safety done?
Steve: Maschmeyer is a family-owned business that has created a strong culture based around a family atmosphere. Everyone is working towards the common goal of being the supplier of choice in our market. In order to do that successfully, safety is paramount.
Pete: Thank you Steve, we appreciate your time for this quick “Safety of Things” discussion. Again, congratulations on your 9th straight FC&PA Safety Skills Championship win! One last question – when will Maschmeyer hoist the NRMCA National Championship Trophy?!
Steve: Thank you Pete. We have been close. Gary Bethea from our West Palm Beach plant placed 3rd in 2017. We hope to keep the trophy in Florida at next year’s Concrete Works.
About Maschmeyer: celebrating over 31 years in Florida, Maschmeyer Concrete has become one of the leading privately-held, family-operated ready mix concrete, block and building materials suppliers in the state. We have built our business by building strong customer relationships through the relentless pursuit of our mission. We have developed a "best in class team", led by managers with an average of 22 years of industry and professional experience. From our humble beginnings, Maschmeyer Concrete has grown to fifteen locations servicing customers throughout Southeast and Central Florida - with a fleet of over 200 delivery vehicles providing concrete, block and building materials.