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.”

EPA’s WOTUS replacement rule is finalized

The 2019 proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule has now been finalized. “All states have their own protections for waters within their borders, and many regulate more broadly than the federal government,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, according to an NPR report. “Our new rule recognizes this relationship and strikes the proper balance between Washington, D.C., and the states. And it clearly details which waters are subject to federal control under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and, importantly, which waters fall solely under the states’ jurisdiction.”

“For small businesses like mine, regulatory uncertainty and inconsistency result in real costs,” said Alan Parks, vice president of Memphis Stone & Gravel, in an NSSGA news release.  “The new WOTUS definition continues to protect our nation’s water and provides clarity on several key exclusions such as ponds built on dry land, pits, and basins associated with mining, and streams that only convey water after storm events. Knowing that our gravel pits and water treatment basins won’t carry an additional federal regulatory burden is very helpful. These changes will allow us to be even better stewards of our local natural resources, which results in a positive benefit to our community.”

The revised WOTUS rule replaces the 2015 WOTUS rule, which led to widespread confusion, delays and increased costs for aggregates producers, NSSGA reports.

When the earlier law was introduced, 27 states sued to block it. The revised rule clarifies that ephemeral waters are not subject to federal control. Rather, four categories of water are subject to federal control under the CWA: large navigable waters, tributaries, lakes and ponds, and major wetlands.

“The scope of federal jurisdiction over waters has been confusing for years, causing permitting delays.  The implementation of the 2015 WOTUS rule made matters worse,” said Mark Williams, environmental manager, Luck Companies, and chairman of NSSGA’s environmental committee. “We are pleased that the new rule provides important environmental protection of waters that need it most, while ensuring clarity to aggregates producers like Luck.  It’s important that both the regulators and NSSGA members are able to understand when a federal permit is required, so we can continue to provide materials for vital infrastructure projects.”

“NSSGA members have worked for years to get a WOTUS rule that aligns with congressional intent by providing necessary protections while allowing aggregates producers the regulatory certainty by which to plan and operate their businesses and provide the necessary infrastructure projects America needs,” added NSSGA President and CEO Michael W. Johnson.  

Luck Companies takes top honors for employee engagement

In an industry that ranks attracting and retaining employees among its greatest challenges, Luck Companies is having quite a bit of, well luck. It was ranked as one of the top three most engaged places to work in the United States in 2019.

The recognition came as part of the Korn Ferry annual Employee Engagement Awards. This is the second consecutive year that Luck Companies has earned the distinction. Other recipients include Toyota Motor North America, L’Oreal, and the Bank of England.

“This prestigious award recognizes companies that have built superior levels of engagement and work environments in which team members can thrive and want to contribute,” said Charlie Luck, president and CEO of Luck Companies, in a press release.

Korn Ferry, a global organizational consulting firm, conducts an annual study of more than three million respondents from more than 500 companies in more than 60 countries. The winners are chosen based on the largest percentage of employees who “strongly agreed” or “agreed” with the following statements:
• “I feel proud to work for the company.”
• “I would recommend the company as a good place to work.”

Winners are companies that hold one of the top three highest scores within their country and category. Luck Companies was selected as a winner in the Small Business category in the U.S.

“This success is directly related to all of our leaders remaining committed to keeping our associates engaged and active in our culture. Administering an Associate Engagement Survey each year keeps us accountable; we’re always looking to raise the bar,” said Mark Barth, chief talent officer at Luck Companies.

“People really care and they know we are going to do something about what they share,” added Luck. “Our engagement, enablement, and values scores show that people are truly invested, they truly want to do a great job, and they truly understand the mission of our company.”

So at the end of the day, the company’s success at employee engagement may have to do more with a focus on its employees and less on luck.