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2017 Community Involvement

NAPA presents its Community Involvement Award to asphalt companies that serve their communities through outstanding programs and projects.  Congratulations to the 2017 Community Involvement recipients! Read more about each community relations program in the July/August 2018 edition of Asphalt Pavement magazine. 

 

WINNER
Callanan Industries Inc., A CRH Co.
Albany, N.Y.

In 2017, Callanan Industries' Callanan in the Community program engaged more than 450 of Callanan's 500 employees in more than 25 community involvement activities. Employees from locations throughout the company's New CI8 Callanan 2York State region participated in fundraising campaigns and events, volunteerism, educational opportunities for students and the construction industry, customer appreciation barbeque luncheons, and open houses. Each year, the company chooses a primary recipient for its fundraising efforts. Last year, Callanan Industries President Don Fane chose the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

 

Every week is a chance to fundraise at Callanan Industries. Friday is Jeans Day at the company. Employees throughout the region who wish to wear jeans to work on a Friday donate $1 to do so. Over the course of a year, the money adds up. These funds were supplemented with money raised at an annual motorcycle ride at the company picnic and more fundraising opportunities at the picnic, including raffles and a dunking booth featuring Callanan managers.

 

To add to the annual fundraising effort, Callanan organized a charity basketball tournament at Catholic Central High School on Oct. 28, National Make a Difference Day. Through multiple fundraising efforts and generous donations from customers, vendors, community members, employees, families and friends, Callanan was able to raise a total of $20,000 to help grant a six-year old boy, who suffers from Muscular Dystrophy, his wish to go to Disney World with his family and meet Mickey Mouse.

 

In addition to its fundraising efforts, Callanan was recognized for its variety of educational benefits to the college/university and professional communities in its regions. Sixty employees have participated in the learning opportunities at the company's facilities and quarries.

 

Callanan also actively encourages its employees to volunteer in their communities and has designated the week before National Make a Difference Day as their annual Make a Difference Week. Volunteer activities occurred at Turnpike Elementary School, the Van Rensselaer Manor nursing home, a regional food bank, the Lansingburgh Boys & Girls Club, as well as a pet supply collection for Hudson Mohawk Humane Society, a toiletries collection for residents of Hope House, a collection of 92 coats for Carhartt's One Warm Coat campaign, and a Red Cross blood drive at Callanan corporate headquarters.

 

WINNER
Tilcon New York Inc., A CRH Co.
Parsippany, N.J.

CI5 Tilcon 11In 2017,Tilcon's 40 community relations activities in 2017 included participation by more than 300 of Tilcon New York's 675 employees. The company participated in fundraising, education, environmental stewardship, and civic activities.

 

In support of breast cancer research, Tilcon New York's employees, and their families and friends, participated in the 2017 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk, sponsoring the event, raising money, manning a water station for the 17,000 walkers, and providing a front loader to the event decorated with balloons, pink boas, and a breast cancer ribbon garland to provide a festive backdrop for walkers stopping for a photo-op during the event.
"'Team Tilcon,' a group of dedicated employees, raised close to $14,000," Public Relations Manager Karen Edgar said. "They reached out to customers, vendors, suppliers, family, and friends to help make a donation to the team or a team member."

 

For its 12th year in a row, 10 employees from Tilcon New York volunteered their time to help celebrate Earth Day with three 2nd grade classes totaling 60 students at Catherine A. Dwyer Elementary School in Rockaway Township. The celebration included arts and crafts, live animals, and geology lessons. In addition, students learned about rocks and minerals, the history of the quarry and how crushed rock is produced.

 

One of Tilcon New York's annual community involvement activities is the Keep Rockland Beautiful Clean-up. The community clean-up initiative is aimed at helping remove trash and recyclables from various parts of Rockland County. Twenty Tilcon New York volunteers participated in the beautification efforts.

 

Tilcon New York also donated material, labor, and equipment as an engaged member of the community. The company showed its civic and community support with two projects: Camp Venture in Stony Point, a not-for-profit provider of family-like care and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, and Peck's Pond Recreation Park in West Haverstraw, which received a repaved basketball court, revitalizing the popular activity at the park.

 

 

FINALIST
Rogers Group Inc.
Gallatin, Tenn.

 

In 2017, the North Middle Tennessee SMA for Rogers Group participated in 36 different community activities ranging from material or financial donations to fundraising, volunteerism, education and community outreach.

 

"Rogers Group's culture is what activates employees to be involved in the community," Community Relations Coordinator Judy Bowling said. "Employees in the sales and estimating departments often carve time out of their busy schedules to help at schools and service organizations. They have the liberty to take on projects and management supports them."

 

The Rogers Group "Swine-O-Mite" Boss Hogg barbeque team has participated in the Association of General Contractors of Tennessee Barbeque in Red Shoes competition fundraiser on behalf of Ronald McDonald House since it began in 2010. The annual fundraising event has raised more than $45,000 to date to help Ronald McDonald House support the families of sick children. In 2017, the barbeque team not only had fun raising funds, it earned bragging rights for second place in the ribs category and won a Team Spirit Award.

 

The company's biggest annual community involvement activity, its Gallatin Fish Fry featuring Uncle Bud's famous fried catfish, continued to be a high-profile event attended by more than 1,100 community opinion leaders, customers, neighbors and politicians. Among the honored guests were Karl Dean, former Nashville Mayor and current gubernatorial candidate; Hendersonville Mayor Jamie Clary; and former State Representative Mike McDonald. A team of employee volunteers set up the event at the Rogers Group soccer field and greeted community members as ambassadors of the company.

 

The Alex Green Elementary School is another organization that Rogers Group has a long history of including in its civic and community support efforts. In 2017, Rogers Group sponsored a number of events at the school, including its Fall Festival; a Teacher Appreciation Luncheon; and its outdoor, end-of-year Field Day event for 300 students plus their families.

 

Three Rogers Group employees also shared their love of geology and their jobs when they hosted a tour for local Boy Scout Troop 426 — 31 scouts and 20 parents — at its Gallatin Quarry. The tour included fossil hunting, a trip into the pit where the scouts got to watch the pit loader and haul-in operation, and an excavator and haul truck operation.

 

In addition to employee volunteerism, Rogers Group made financial contributions to community groups including an investor pledge to Forward Sumner for economic development in the county, the Richland Creek Watershed Alliance, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, local chambers of commerce, the Alex Green Elementary School, and more. Material contributions were made to assist the local American Legion, Bledsoe Park History Trail, Safe Harbor Equine, the Gallatin Noon Rotary Kids Christmas Auction, Andrew Jackson Police Camp, Hendersonville Community Child Care, Greater Covenant Church, the Sumner County Fairgrounds, and more.

 

FINALIST
Virginia Paving Co., division of The Lane Construction Corp.
Chantilly, Va.

 

In 2017, 40 of Virginia Paving's 100 employees participated in nine community activities. The company places an emphasis on community involvement activities that make a difference to the immediate community it serves. The CI6 Virginia Paving 1company also engaged with students interested in learning more about careers in asphalt or a related industry.

 

"We focus our efforts on our immediate local community and try to be as involved as possible," Virginia Paving Senior Area Manager Robert McKeever said. "We try to make our name known, not only by the quality of the work we do and products we provide, but also with the heart we have to give back and make a positive impact on our community."

Virginia Paving's commitment and dedication to being an active member of the community led the company to develop an ongoing supportive relationship with Guilford Elementary School in Sterling, Va. Supportive outreach activities at Guilford Elementary School included employee volunteers packing lunches for all of the students, renting a sno-cone machine to treat students' families visiting the school for orientation on a hot day, participating in Bus Driver Appreciation Day, and volunteering for traffic control duty at the school during the annual Thanksgiving Parent-Teacher dinner.

 

The company is also one of the founding and ongoing organizers of the Northern Virginia Transportation Career Fair. Now in its 13th year, the career fair is part of a partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to encourage and prepare northern Virginia students for transportation-related fields such as engineering, architecture, technology, environmental engineering, construction, asphalt paving, and support services; and to help students understand how various disciplines can result in careers in the transportation and/or construction industries. Held at the Prince William County Fairgrounds, the career fair gave more than 1,700 high school students the opportunity to network with close to 100 engineering firms, contractors, colleges and universities, organizations, and agencies about the many career and education options in the transportation industry. Students enjoyed hands-on opportunities to feel what it is like to work with transportation construction equipment, as well as view presentations on how to build a bridge and other demonstrations from contractors.

 

Virginia Paving is also an annual participant and active promoter of the Herndon Town Festival. Signage on the company trucks promoted the town festival. Virginia Paving also provided materials, equipment and manpower to help make the festival a success. The company built temporary ramps so cars could drive over curbs at a nearby field used for festival parking. Virginia Paving also brought its portable generators to the festival to supply power for the event, repaired a trail so visitors could walk safely to and from the festival booths, and provided sweeper trucks for event clean up.