Dolese team helps to mask the masses

As the coronavirus swept through the United States, workers at Dolese Bros. Co. stepped forward to help friends, family, and co-workers by sewing masks. The effort was spearheaded by Julie Tucker and Donna Smith, who both work in the company’s accounting department.

Members of the accounting department at Dolese Bros. Co. worked together to sew hundreds of masks to protect friends, family, and co-workers.

“We kind of felt a loss of control,” Tucker says as the group saw the rapid spread of COVID-19 through New York City. As she wondered what she could do, Smith offered to show her how to sew. Smith found a pattern while Tucker pulled out a sewing machine that had been stashed in the back of her closet for nearly 15 years.

Other members of the department pitched in by helping to cut, pin, and press fabric. “The majority of us here have had our hands in it at some point,” Tucker says. “It just kind of spiraled.” Within weeks, the group had sewn hundreds of masks that were shared with people throughout the community.

While the shutdown of local stores such as Hobby Lobby made it more difficult for the volunteers to find supplies, they received numerous fabric donations.

CEMEX delivers soap and water mixture via mixer trucks

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, CEMEX has dispatched its mixer trucks filled with soap and water mixtures to sanitize streets and public health areas around the world.

Projects include:

  • A hospital emergency room entrance in the Dominican Republic,
  • The streets of Puerto Rico,
  • Areas around Panama health centers,
  • Colombia’s largest central market (1.9 million square feet), and
  • Hospital entrances and the university campus in Assiut, Egypt.

The company also donated nearly 900 pounds of clementines grown at a reclaimed quarry site in Alicante Spain to a shelter in that city.

Glenn O. Hawbaker works with YMCA to ensure children don’t go hungry

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. teamed up with the YMCA of Centre County to ensure that no child goes hungry during these unprecedented times. The YMCA branch gathered resources to distribute food at drive-through sites across the county and reports it is providing food to more than 2,000 kids and families in need at 32 sites each day.

GOH worked with Valley Trailers, which donated the trailer used to transport food from the Food Bank in Williamsport, Pa., to the Moshannon Valley YMCA in Philipsburg.

Aggregates producers offer assistance throughout the world

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, construction materials producers are stepping up to the help their communities all over the globe.

  • LafargeHolcim’s innovation center in Lyon has donated its 4,000 N95 masks and 10,000 gloves to the the Bourgoin Jailleu hospital.
  • York Building Products donated 200 N955 masks to Lancaster General.
  • CEMEX mixers in Columbia delivered a special soap and water mixture to sanitize an area that will be set up as a large temporary hospital.
  • Martin Marietta and Granite Construction are encouraging donations to the American Red Cross.

These companies and so many more are showing what it means to be a good neighbor!

Rogers Group's Cookeville employees pitch in for tornado relief

On March 3, a tornado with wind speeds of 166 to 200 mph hit Putnam County, Tennessee, destroying a significant portion of western Putnam County, a highly populated residential area where several subdivisions are located.

According to Rogers Group Inc. (RGI), the storm system included 10 tornadoes in middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky, which claimed 25 lives, 18 of which were in Putnam County. Several more were critically injured and are still hospitalized.

Starting the next morning, RGI employees in the Cookeville area responded to the call from officials from Putnam County and city of Cookeville for assistance with search and rescue and debris removal to aid in the rescue of the residents of this area.

RGI says its employees all worked extremely hard over many hours to assist as many as possible. They continued their efforts throughout the week with debris removal, road clearing, cooking meals, and providing needed supplies to get the area restored.

The team partnered with a local church, Central City Church, and were able to provide more than 1,200 hot meals during the week to all affected.

RGI says it will continue with assistance in recovery relief as it will be a long road back to recovery for Putnam County. Well done Rogers Group!

Partnering with a local church, RGI employees were able to feed 1,200 people a hot meal.

Vulcan’s Quarry Crusher Run Series raises funds for its local communities

In less than a decade, Vulcan Materials Co.’s Quarry Crusher Run Series has drawn more than 13,000 racers and raised over $500,000 for its local communities. Importantly, the race events also provide an opportunity for community members to enter an aggregate operation, learn what happens behind the gates, and understand how its products are used throughout the community.

“A lot of people run or walk just to come out to a quarry and see what’s behind those gates. People are curious, so it’s like a big open house for us, and we love sharing our story with our neighbors in the community,” says Carol Landrum, manager of community and government relations, Southeast Division, Vulcan Materials Co. “Nothing helps people understand our business better than letting them see it for themselves.”

“It’s that ‘aha’ moment when you enter a quarry,” adds Jaime Lomas, race director. “It’s not something that people often get to see.”

To learn more or sign up for Quarry Crusher Run Series, visit its website. Watch for more background on the event in the Good Neighbors column in the April issue of Rock Products.

Editor’s note: The March run was canceled due to concerns with COVID-19.

Luck Companies donates to help rebuild high school hit by tornado damage

Ben Thompson presented the Luck Companies donation to high school principal David Branham.

Luck Companies presented a $15,000 check to North Central High School (NCHS) in Kershaw County School District. The donation will help rebuild the school following the storm damage caused from a tornado in January. The tornado devastated North Central High School causing insurmountable damage leaving students without a place to call home. Currently, NCHS students are finishing out the remainder of the school year at the district’s vocational building but have been left without necessary resources like a functioning library.

“Luck Companies is focused on actively supporting our communities. It’s an honor to give back by collaborating with North Central High School in their efforts to rebuild their library,” said Ben Thompson, Luck Companies greenfield development director, according to the school district’s web site. “The administration, staff, and community are doing great work and Luck is proud to participate in support of this collective effort. The donation will be used to rebuild the school, but also to purchase high quality, shelf-ready books and other media center materials for the school’s library.


“We are extremely grateful for Luck Companies’ outreach and generosity,” said David Branham, North Central High School principal. “They are serving as a great role model for our students on how to make a positive difference in your local community. The Knight family is very appreciative of their support.” Despite the severe damage caused to the school, the community has come together to support the students and faculty during this difficult time.

“We are honored to call Kershaw County home and to be able to join those who are working to rebuild a great learning environment,” Thompson said. “At Luck Companies, we make it our mission to ignite human potential by engaging in support of our local communities.”

Construction materials companies help tackle local hunger issue

Three construction materials companies – Rogers Group, Blue Water Industries, and Smyrna Ready Mix – are helping tackle hunger issues in Rutherford County, Tenn., the Rutherford Source reports.

The companies made donations that allowed 250 county workers and their families to package 51,250 meals. The meals were then distributed to eight local non-profits who help feed the area’s hungry.

The event was organized by The Outreach Program, a non-profit organization that has distributed more than 550 million meals across the United States and around the world. The local project was the brainchild of Mayor Bill Ketron, who noted the companies’ contribution. “This event would not have been the success it was without the generous sponsorships and volunteers that made it possible,” he told the news outlet.

Six Walker Aggregate sites recognized by OSSGA

Six Walker Aggregates Inc. sites were recognized by the Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (OSSGA), earning its Industry Advancement Award, including the Duntroon Quarry, McGregor Quarry, Ridgemount Quarry, Severn Quarry, Vineland Quarries and Crushed Stone, and Walker Brothers Quarries.

The award program recognizes activities that contribute to the progressive image of producer members and the aggregate industry as a whole. The key goal is to raise the bar in the industry by highlighting operations that go above and beyond what is required by legislation.

Highlights from the various operations, in addition to a focus on noise and dust control, include:

Duntroon Quarry keeps neighbors informed through its website, newsletters, and Public Liason Committee (PLC) events. It also engages in sponsorship of community groups, makes contributions to local charities, and provides volunteers for local organizations.

McGregor Quarry hosts an annual community barbecue, site tours, and an annual PLC holiday wine and cheese reception. It also hosts site tours from local schools and public members who want to learn more about its operation. It sponsors numerous organizations and helped organize a food drive for its local food bank.

Ridgemount Quarry donated 128 tons of stone to Habitat for Humanity Niagara and made a cash donation to a local organization that protects and improves the local waterscape. The site is well known to paleontologists who look for fossilized sea scorpions which were once native to the area. It supplied fossil photos and samples for OSSGA’s pilot educational program, Rocks ‘N Our World.

Severn Quarry enforces strict traffic guidelines with the help of a retired police officer. It hosts annual PLC events, student tours, and local model airplane club meetings. Two groups of Georgian College students visited the site last fall as part of their Earth Science program.

Vineland Quarries and Crushed Stone hosts a hut for a local Scout troop, conservation lands, and bee crates for a local beekeeper. In 2019, it donated more than 243 tons of stones to a variety of local organizations, as well as cash and volunteer donations to a local community.

Walker Brothers Quarries also uses a retired police officer to enforce traffic policies. In addition to donated cash and 129 tons of stone to local charitable organizations, site staff lent their time to tree planting and maintenance work at a local butterfly garden.

CEMEX’s social programs impact 45,000 youth in 11 countries

CEMEX executives from around the world supported Soccer in the Streets, a non-profit youth development organization in Atlanta.

According to CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., its social programs have supported approximately 45,000 young people in 11 countries. The programs are designed to enhance and develop employability capabilities for youth.

Since 2014, the company has collaborated to develop youth employability and entrepreneurial skills through social initiatives such as its leadership of the New Employment Opportunities (NEO) initiative, the CEMEX-Tec de Monterrey social innovation award, community engagement plans, inclusive businesses, and skilled volunteering activities globally, it reported in a press release.

Additionally, as part of these efforts, CEMEX continues to partner with the Global Alliance for YOUth (All4YOUth) to positively impact more than 65,000 young people by 2022. All4YOUth is a business-driven movement of like-minded organizations working together to help young people around the world to acquire the skills they need to thrive in the workplace of today and tomorrow.

“At CEMEX, we partner with NGOs, universities, technical schools, and government to help youth to develop the necessary capabilities to improve their employability and entrepreneurial skills throughout the communities and countries in which we operate,” says Martha Herrera, corporate social responsibility director of CEMEX. “We are pleased that our partnership with All4YOUth exceeded our goal for the first year of our collaboration, and we now aim to support even more young people, representing greater opportunities for both the participating companies and the youth.”