Lithonia Quarry adapts its outreach approach

Lehigh Hanson’s Lithonia Quarry has long had a strong approach to outreach. But the pandemic forced it, like many of its peers, to adapt its approach. Its response? A focus on first responders. The quarry invited members of its police and fire departments for a recognition luncheon. Read all about it in my Good Neighbors column in Rock Products’s June issue.

Dolese donates trucks to volunteer fire departments and tech training schools

After receiving a truck chassis from Dolese Bros. Co., the Swan Lake Fire Department outfitted it with a water tank and painted it. Firefighter Nathan Roberts (left to right), Kermit Frank, and Fire Chief Dicky Wilson review the final product as it went into service.

With nearly 60 operations, including ready-mix plants, quarries, and sand and gravel operations throughout its market, Dolese Bros. Co. could easily find  uses for ready-mix trucks as it cycles them out of service as drum mixers. And, it does just that; transforming some as work trucks in its quarries and selling others as used equipment for approximately $30,000. However, it also donates trucks to local volunteer fire departments and technical training programs. Read how Dolese’s donations are having a significant impact for those recipients in the March Good Neighbors column of Rock Products.

Martin Stone Quarries continues its commitment to area schools

Rod Martin, (right) president of Martin Stone Quarries and Foundation vice president, presents the company’s latest donation to the Foundation President Greg Herb and Executive Director Tessi Melchior.

Rod Martin, president of Martin Stone Quarries, Inc., recently presented the Foundation for Boyertown Education with a check for $30,000. The donation was made through the Vanguard Charitable Fund and brings the total contributed to the Foundation by Martin Stone Quarries, Inc. to $110,000 during the last five years.  

Martin is a founding member and current vice president of the board for the Foundation. “The Foundation is important to us because we believe in supporting our local community – the community where we operate,” he says. “The Foundation is there to support our students in ways that would not be possible through the normal funding methods and tax revenue streams. It is with the generous help of the parents and businesses in the community that our children are given the enhanced programs and enrichment tools they need to be successful in the future.” 

Read more about the company’s involvement with its local school district in the February Good Neighbors column of Rock Products.

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.

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.