Sponsor Beats the Concrete Drum for Cal Poly's National Championship Canoe Team
January 30, 2012
Some wear team pride on a shirt. Some on a button. But for Hanson Aggregates, a local sponsor of the Cal Poly Concrete Canoe Team, where better than the drum of a concrete mixer truck?
The novel tribute was officially “unveiled” at Casting Day on campus, where the two-time national championship team was joined by numerous team alumni and industry sponsors to prepare canoe castings for the new season of competition.
“The Cal Poly commemorative mixer drum was an exciting way for us to pay tribute to the team’s past success,” said Ryan Jacoby, regional vice president and general manager. “As a member of the local community, we’re proud of how Cal Poly represents the area. And with its back-to-back national victories, Cal Poly Engineering has created instant recognition for outstanding performance throughout our industry. It’s our hope that having the mixer drum visible will help raise local awareness of their accomplishments.
“Seeing so many generations of past team members at the concrete casting was impressive. I don’t think other teams have that kind of legacy partnership. That’s what the truck honors. I’m sure that the 2012 team will make everyone just as proud. We want to put up a ‘three-peat’ decal following another national victory in June!”
Other major sponsors of the team include Shimmick Construction, C.C. Myers, Inc., Traylor Bros., Inc. and Cannon. And Eric Bjornstrom, project manager of the team, noted another form of concrete support the team receives.
“Another local concrete company, CalPortland, gives generously to the Civil and Environmental Department, which lays the foundation of our success.”
About the Cal Poly Concrete Canoe Team:
Cal Poly scored back-to-back victories in the highly competitive American Society of Civil Engineers National Concrete Canoe Competition in 2010 and 2011. Last year, the Cal Poly Concrete Canoe Team raced its 208-pound, ocean-themed canoe against 22 other universities from Canada and the U.S. The 2012 competition will be hosted by the University of Nevada Reno on June 14-16, 2012.
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Photo caption: Members of the 2012 Cal Poly Concrete Canoe Team with the Hanson Aggregates truck. Team members include (left to right) Erik Bjornstrom, project manager, Gavin Miller, construction captain, Kevin Galloway, construction captain, Shane Smith, mix design captain, Krystian Samlik, mix design captain, Jazz Gilbert, construction captain, and Gary Gasperi, mix design captain.