Vulcan Materials Co. announced that its Cabarrus Quarry in Concord, N.C., received an Excellence in Community Relations Gold Award from the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA). This top level national award recognizes a superior level of active involvement with and positive contributions to the facility's neighboring community. In addition, the quarry achieved Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) conservation recertification for its commitment to environmental stewardship.
The facility, under the leadership of Plant Manager Corey Duke, is part of Vulcan’s Mideast Division, which has a division office located in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Cabarrus Quarry began operations in 1986 and is recognized as a vital part of the community as evidenced by the honors it has received from both local community and national organizations.
"Vulcan Materials is one of the best corporate partners we have in our community," said Scott Padgett, mayor of the City of Concord, N.C. "Their active involvement and support many of our community organizations such as the Cabarrus Arts Council, United Way and Boy Scouts, coupled with their high level of environmental stewardship integrity, demonstrates the important qualities of a company who believes in giving back to support the communities in which they operate. They are a shining example of what excellent corporate servant leadership is all about and I'm so proud to see them receive this recognition.”
"We value our partnership with Vulcan Materials and their Cabarrus Quarry," said Jim Warren, executive director of the Carolina Raptor Center, an organization that is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey, through education, research, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphan raptors. "For more than a decade, Vulcan has provided crushed stone for our campus, given generously to Boy Scout trail projects at the center, sponsored and attended our events, and provided leadership on our board of directors, just to name a few. They are an essential stakeholder in our mission work. We congratulate them on this well-deserved recognition by the NSSGA."
"We're so proud to partner with Vulcan in our work to prepare kids for school, put families on their feet, and make health accessible for all," said Sarah Porter, Cabarrus community director for Central Carolinas United Way. "Vulcan has been actively involved in our community investment process for many years, and their United Way campaign grew more than 35 percent last year, so they're making a tremendous local impact."
Vulcan’s Mideast Division President Martin Thorpe, commenting on the most recent awards said, "The employees of the Cabarrus Quarry exemplify the commitment we have to our neighboring communities and the environment. I am so very proud that they have achieved national recognition for their excellent community involvement and environmental stewardship."
As a long-standing community partner, the quarry's sustained commitment to the community includes an annual employee United Way Giving Campaign, volunteer involvement and executive board leadership to the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce, sponsorship and active volunteering to the Cabarrus Arts Council with their “Build It” themed family day; scholarship provider and foundation board representation to Rowan Cabarrus Community College; board leadership and product donations to the Carolina Raptor Center; support to many Boy Scout Eagle Scout projects needing crushed stone; stone donations to the annual “I Love My City Project” for neighborhood improvement; annual support to the Central Carolinas Boy Scout Council; and annual support to the Cabarrus Education Foundation’s Grant Program.
The quarry frequently hosts schools and other organizations for tours and also provides in-school presentations centered on earth and environmental science education. The Cabarrus Quarry established a certified wildlife habitat conservation program in 1993 and was recently recertified by the Wildlife Habitat Council. It was the first quarry in North Carolina to become a certified WAIT (Wildlife and Industry Together) site by the N.C. Wildlife Federation.