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.
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.
“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.