'Tis the season to be jolly, and for the second year in a row, Ozinga is bringing joy to people throughout the Chicagoland area with the Ozinga Merry Mixer®. Although our signature red and white striped ready mix trucks already don the Christmas colors, the Merry Mixer is adorned with more than 32,000 programmed LED lights to bring you an animated display set to 11 holiday tunes that play for 45 minutes. This year, we’re kicking off the season at the Christmas Lighted Parade in Shipshewana, IN on November 10, 2018.
The Merry Mixer is a 2019 Kenworth T880 McNeilus Bridgemaster ready mix truck fitted with custom-fabricating speaker brackets mounted to the back fenders. More than 100 feet of speaker cable is used to connect two JBL outdoor speakers that deliver 250 watts of power each—and the driver can control all of this right from the cab.
This year’s Merry Mixer also includes a new custom-wrapped bumper and has been fitted with updates and technology to keep it gasoline free. Not only does the ready mix truck run on compressed natural gas (CNG), but we’ve also made the following updates and changes since last year:
- Installed a POTEK 3000-watt power inverter hooked up to three deep cell batteries
- Batteries are hooked up to the truck’s alternator to continuously provide power to the lights
- All wires and computer equipment are welded inside a custom-made barrel
- Show can also be powered by two lithium-powered generators
The Merry Mixer debuted last year at the Mokena Parade of Lights and attended 22 holiday celebrations, including being featured on the WGN Morning News Toy Drive and ABC7’s Great Chicago Light Fight.
Don’t miss the Merry Mixer this year. Visit our website to see where we’ll be next, or come enjoy the Merry Mixer Merrymaking Event taking place at our Mokena office on November 29.