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Pink concrete mixer hits the road

  • Monday, August 4, 2014

Jim Tatum/Journal Scene From left, Sen. Sean Bennett, Pete Knight, Wilbert May, Bud Knight, Bill Hearn.

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It’s not every day one sees a bright pink concrete mixer truck rumbling around town – but that’s about to change.

Knight’s Companies, a local construction company, is in the process of replacing its fleet of working trucks and heavy equipment.

The most recent addition to the fleet, a new concrete mixer truck decked out in the colors and logos for breast cancer, went to work Friday.

The idea, of course, is to raise awareness and to honor those who have fought or are fighting the battle against breast cancer, Gary Brewer Jr., director of sales and marketing for Knight’s Companies, said.

“Cancer has affected a lot of people – starting right here in our office,” Brewer said. “Everybody knows somebody who has fought it or is dealing with it. So Knight’s thought it would be good idea to have pink mixer – and you’ll see it around town from now on.”

Wilbert May, a long-time driver for the company, said he is pleased to be the man assigned to the new truck.

“I think it’s a real good thing they’ve done,” he said. “I’m looking forward to driving it.”

“Wil’s the best driver we’ve got – a year from now that truck will be looking exactly like it does today – he takes great care of the equipment,” Brewer said.

Sharon Benzenberg, sales coordinator for Knight’s Companies, said everyone was excited about the new mixer. Not only is the truck bringing attention to the company – as it should - but it’s a strong morale booster as well, she noted.

“I love it,” Benzenberg said. “All the girls love it. I think it’s a very bold statement for a construction company to have a pink truck. As long as it raises awareness, that’s what we’re aiming for.”

Benzenberg said the truck, while an important part of the working fleet of heavy equipment, will undoubtedly draw double duty as a public awareness vehicle. In fact, the truck will be making appearances at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, as well as Summerville’s October Third Thursday event, she said.

Dorchester County Council Chairman Bill Hearn and state Sen, Sean Bennett stopped by to see the newest addition to the fleet.

Bennett gave his kudos, adding that as the husband of a woman who has survived cancer, he finds the gesture to be a powerful show of both support and remembrance.

“I think it’s great they’re doing this,” Bennett said. “It’s a strong message of support for the fight to rid the world of this insidious, heartbreaking disease.”

Hearn agreed.

“It’s very impressive,” Hearn said. “I think it’s great that they’re doing this for this obviously very worthy cause.”

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