I was on a concrete project last week in a mid-sized city not too far from Atlanta watching mixers deliver concrete to a commercial project. As I watched the job progress I had some time to speak with a young sales rep covering the job. He earned a history degree at a local college, but found a better paying job working for a local producer.
He said he's enjoying his job, but missed learning about history. I asked him what made studying old things so interesting. He replied "those who can't remember the past, are condemned to repeat it."
George Santayana's famous observation was meant for his philosophy students of 1950's. But its meaning is true for the young folks entering our industry. The young sales rep could have been referring to the importance of reviewing their industry's history.
So here is a short quiz about ready-mixed concrete:
- In what Wyoming town in 1909, was the first documented delivery of ready-mixed concrete?
- In what year was the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association formed?
- What New Jersey ready mixed concrete plant is used as a backdrop for a Sopranos episode (2x02)?
- What is the current name for the company that was created by the merger of Holcim and LaFarge?
- Where are our industry's most iconic production facilities?
I can help you answer the first four questions, but I need your help on Question 5. When I posed this question last month, we received several responses, but there has to be more than four nominations?
Please share your iconic plant suggestions with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the answers to my other four questions:
- Colonial Concrete, Newark, NJ
Take a look at Where are our Iconic Concrete Plants? (Part 1)