A Kenworth T880S bridge-formula mixer, donated for sale at the recent Concrete Industry Management (CIM) annual auction at World of Concrete, has produced a major $190,000 contribution to the CIM program, thanks to Kenworth, Con-Tech Manufacturing, Kenworth of Central Florida, and other Kenworth supplier partners.
The Kenworth T880S mixer was purchased for $190,000 by Liquid Stone Concrete, a ready mixed concrete company based in Burleson, Texas. The entire purchase amount goes to CIM.
“It’s a win-win to support CIM’s program while adding a new Kenworth T880S mixer to our fleet,” said David Karmy, Liquid Stone Concrete vice president. “Texas State University offers CIM’s program, so it’s very rewarding to contribute to a program that benefits the concrete industry in our state. We appreciate the donation by Kenworth, Con-Tech Manufacturing, and Kenworth of Central Florida to assist the concrete industry.”
“The partnership of Kenworth, Con-Tech Manufacturing and Kenworth of Central Florida through their donation of the Kenworth T880S with the Con-Tech mixer was key to CIM’s record fundraising auction at World of Concrete,” said Brian Gallagher, CIM marketing committee chairman. “This success will enable us to continue to support university students looking to earn a degree in Concrete Industry Management.”
The Kenworth T880S with a set-forward front axle is the go-to configuration for mixer customers to meet federal bridge formulas. The donated T880S features a PACCAR MX-11 engine rated at 430-hp and 1,650 lb-torque, and a Con-Tech Manufacturing bridge-formula rear-discharge BridgeKing® mixer.
“Our participation with Kenworth and Con-Tech Manufacturing on this important educational effort is very special. It’s gratifying to help provide opportunities for students who will build future infrastructure projects in America,” said Rob Sutton, Kenworth of Central Florida dealer principal.
“This vital CIM program paves the way to new and innovative ideas, making the industry stronger,” said Dan Welsh, Con-Tech Manufacturing president. “There’s a sense of satisfaction when you can do something with key partners, such as Kenworth and Kenworth of Central Florida, and achieve a major donation to assist CIM’s fundraising efforts.”
Other contributing supplier sponsors of equipment for the Kenworth T880S are Meritor (axles), Watson & Chalin (lift axle), Alcoa (wheels), and Allison Transmission (transmission).
The $190,000 donation will support the CIM program through scholarships for students pursuing a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management at Middle Tennessee State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Texas State University and California State University – Chico.
“Education is key in building a stronger workforce. It was important for Kenworth to assist the combined efforts to provide students a chance at extending their education through the Concrete Industry Management program,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director. “A big thanks to Liquid Stone Concrete for purchasing the Kenworth T880S and to Con-Tech Manufacturing and Kenworth of Central Florida for supporting CIM.”
“We run quite a few Kenworth trucks in our fleet, and they have been very reliable for us,” said Karmy of Liquid Stone Concrete. “We look forward to putting our Kenworth T880S into service.”
The CIM program’s goal is to produce broadly educated, articulate graduates knowledgeable in all aspects of the concrete industry and provide them the opportunity to enter a field that has an urgent need for professionals with the skills to meet the growing demands of a progressive, changing industry. Today, there are more than 500 students pursuing degrees in Concrete Industry Management, and hundreds of CIM graduates employed in the concrete industry.
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