Four Collections Drivers, Two Heavy Equipment Operators and Two Technicians Win National Skills Competition
PHOENIX (March 4, 2019) – Republic Services, Inc. today announced the winners of its ROAD-EO National Championship, which brought together nearly 80 of the company’s top drivers, operators and technicians from across the country for a competition focused on safety and skill.
Republic’s ROAD-EO competition involved 40 drivers, 20 heavy equipment operators and 19 vehicle technicians who earned the opportunity to compete in the National Championship by winning local and area competitions.
The finalists, who represented 31 states, traveled to Arizona for the competition at ISM Raceway in Avondale. After a day of competitive skills challenges, the following eight winners were named:
- Front-Load: Dan Hill, Midwest Area, Bettendorf, Iowa
- Rear-Load: Jesus Lizares, West Area, Gardena, Calif.
- Side-Load: Eric Farnstrom, Southeast Area, Lakeland, Fla.
- Roll-Off: Jorge Marenco, West Area, Pacheco, Calif.
- Collection Technician: Chris Shromoff, Midwest Area, Eden Prairie, Minn.
- Bulldozer: Juan Paniagua, Mid-Atlantic Area, Greenville, S.C.
- Wheel Loader: Brandon Carithers, Southeast Area, Winder, Ga.
- Post Collection Technician: Roy Sauve, Northwest Area, Denver, Colo.
The collection drivers competed in one of four categories – Residential Rear-Loader, Residential Side-Load, Industrial Roll-Off, and Commercial Front-Loader – and were required to complete seven timed challenges, including parallel parking, alley backing and a serpentine course.
In the post-collection division, 10 heavy equipment operators competed in the Bulldozer category, while 10 others competed in the Wheel-Loader category, completing seven challenges of their own, including forward/back, dirt pickup and drum roll.
The technician competition consisted of diagnostic tests on either a Roll-Off truck or a Bulldozer. Competitors were challenged with identifying and troubleshooting 10 vehicle problems in an allotted amount of time.
These 79 finalists qualified from a field of 16,000 drivers, operators and technicians. Altogether, the finalists have tallied nearly 1,000 years of service with the Company.
In addition to being crowned the best of the best, the first-, second- and third-place winner in each category was awarded a cash prize and additional paid time off.
About Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste disposal. Through its subsidiaries, Republic’s collection companies, recycling centers, transfer stations and landfills focus on providing effective solutions to make responsive waste disposal effortless for its 14 million customers. We’ll handle it from here.®, the brand’s promise, lets customers know they can count on Republic to provide a superior experience while fostering a sustainable Blue Planet for future generations to enjoy a cleaner, safer and healthier world.
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