All in the Family

Washington Rock Quarries Tackles Community Outreach Through Its Own Channels And Sponsorship In A Signature Event. By Therese Dunphy For small operators, participation in larger events can increase their visibility and broaden their ability to convey information about their business to the public at large. Such is the case for Washington Rock Quarries, which participates each year in Dozer Day…

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Planting Mustard Seeds

Earlier this year, Jessica Palmer, executive director of the South Carolina Aggregates Association, shared an association LinkedIn post, simply titling it “Mustard Seeds.” The post highlights the importance of engaging the next generation and exposing them to the opportunities that exist in the trades. It noted that “change starts with us, and often times, making the greatest impact is as…

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Developing the Next Generation

At ARPA, Future Leaders Program Participants 
Learn The Importance Of Community Relations. By Therese Dunphy The Arizona Rock Products Association (ARPA) is cultivating the next generation of industry leadership through a year-long training program called Future Leaders. It began in 2017 and allows participants to learn skills they need to succeed in the industry and as individuals. “The purpose of…

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The Gift of Giving

Luck Companies Celebrates Its Centennial By Empowering Associates To Contribute To The Charity Of Their Choice. By Therese Dunphy In 2023, Luck Companies marked 100 years in business by reflecting on its core values and traditions and celebrating them throughout a year-long campaign that included 34 events. From the time it was founded by Charles Luck Jr., Luck has been…

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Kids Rock!

Capital Aggregates Takes A Strategic Approach To School Partnerships With Its Operations. By Therese Dunphy A Missouri-based company is putting a new spin on its educational outreach program and getting positive feedback from its school partners. The program, Kids Rock, is run by Capital Aggregates, which includes Capital Materials, Capital Quarries and Capital Sand.  The company approaches the program in…

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Creating Happy Holidays

The Michigan Aggregates Association And Its Members Team Up For Toys For Tots Drive. By Therese Dunphy As the holidays approach, members of the Michigan Aggregates Association (MAA) are once again gearing up for their partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and the Toys for Tots campaign. In its fifth year as MAA’s holiday charity, the toy drive delivers…

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Creating a Living Legacy

The Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy Honors Its Namesake’s Mission To Foster Math Skills In Its Local Community. In 2010, Bruce Woolpert, then president and CEO of Watsonville, Calif.-based Graniterock, became intrigued by a program Professor Hongde Hu ran at California State University Monterey Bay. The boot-camp style program was for incoming freshmen to provide a jumpstart in their math…

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The Vulcan Way

Reflecting Its Cultural Values, Vulcan Joins Alabama Oyster Habitat Rehabilitation Effort. By Therese Dunphy  Material donations are a fairly frequent occurrence for many aggregate producers, but the nation’s largest aggregates producer fielded a fairly unique request earlier this year. The Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) reached out to Vulcan Materials Co. for material to improve the oyster habitat in Mobile Bay.…

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