Close to 300 residents in Southern California learned more about Cemex’s Lytle Creek Quarry this month while raising money for the local school district during the 4th Annual Run Around the Rocks and Open House near Rialto, Calif.
Several elementary, middle and high school students, along with runners from across the area, participated in the 5k run-walk through the quarry on Oct. 8. The event, held in honor of Rialto Mayor Deborah Robertson, raised thousands of dollars for Rialto Unified School District’s STEM program, an initiative that awards scholarships to students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The Open House following the run gave residents a glimpse of operations and the large equipment at the facility used to help deliver much-needed aggregates to Southern California.
“Cemex truly cares about the health and safety of our employees and our local community,” said Cemex USA Regional President – West Region Eric Wittmann. “We’re proud to help raise money to extend education for local students, promote physical fitness and show our community members all the work that goes on to build a better future for Southern California.”
After the run, Cemex employees staffed educational booths that highlighted the company’s commitment to safety and efforts to preserve the environment, as well as information about careers in mining. Children and parents had the opportunity to see and touch the large equipment at the quarry to get a feel for what Cemex employees use every day.
The award-winning Lytle Creek Quarry has received several recognitions this year for safety and community involvement. It earned the 2017 Bronze Community Relations Award and a certificate for Safety Excellence from the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association. The quarry was also recognized by global Cemex as one of the company’s safest facilities worldwide.