Conservation Takes Flight

Valley Asphalt Creates Habitats For Osprey And Helps Rebuild The Local Population. By Therese Dunphy After a three-day weekend approximately 15 years ago, the team at Cincinnati, Ohio-based Valley Asphalt, a Jurgensen Company, returned to work to an unusual sight: an osprey nest built on top of the crane that the operation used to lift parts around the site.  “When…

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What’s Under a Rock?

Hundreds Of Youth Learn About The Impact Of Mining Through An OAIMA-Supported Festival. By Therese Dunphy For more than a decade, members of the Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association (OAIMA) have participated in the Hug the Earth Festival held in conjunction with the Miami County Park District. Held in April, the most recent festival hosted nearly 2,000 students and…

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Focus on the Community Needs

From High School Seniors To Senior Citizens, Ozinga’s Henry Operation Shows Its Support Of Programs Important To Its Community. By Therese Dunphy At Ozinga’s sand and gravel operation in Henry, Ill., community outreach is ingrained in the operation’s culture. It supports numerous community organizations and causes and has been recognized for its efforts by the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers.…

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Martin Marietta Educates Future Generations

The Company Supports the Earth Moves exhibit at Durham’s Museum of Life and Science. By Therese Dunphy Imagine an environment where children play among rocks and a waterfall, cool off in an erosion stream, explore sandstone caves and – along with their parents – learn about the region’s geology.  That’s exactly what can be found at the Earth Moves exhibit,…

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Working Within the System

CRH’s Ericka Baxter Focuses On Environmental Leadership Within Her Company, Industry Associations and State Government. By Therese Dunphy For most, adapting to change is one of life’s more difficult challenges. For Ericka Baxer, MScEM, senior environmental director at CRH Americas – Central Western Division, it is simply a way of life.  Baxter joined the aggregates industry right out of high…

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Local Focus

CEMEX’s 474 Sand Mine Illustrates How An International Operator Can Build Relationships By Focusing On Local Communities. By Therese Dunphy Adaptation has been the key to success for recent industry community relations programs. This is particularly true at CEMEX’s 474 Sand Mine, which was recognized as a Platinum Community Relations Award winner during the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s…

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On-Target Outreach

Vulcan Materials Co. Focuses On The Intersection Of Community And Employee Priorities To Achieve Strong Engagement. By Therese Dunphy Part of what makes an aggregate operation a good neighbor is understanding the needs of the local community surrounding your operation and helping it address those concerns.  “Given the focus on environmental justice, sustainability, carbon footprint, and other things that are…

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