2012 Community Involvement

NAPA presents its Community Involvement Award to asphalt companies that serve their communities through outstanding programs and projects.  Congratulations to the 2012 Community Involvement recipients! Read more about each community relations program in the September/October 2013 edition of Asphalt Pavement magazine.

 

WINNER
MeadWestvaco Corp., MWV Specialty Chemicals Division
North Charleston, S.C.

 

CI6-MWVMeadWestvaco Corporation located in North Charleston, South Carolina, was named a winner of this cateogry. Its community outreach program is connected to The United Way and its focuses on education, financial stability, and health. Last year, 290 employees and MWV’s Foundation donated more than $720,000 to the local Trident United Way campaign, which helped the United Way identify and address critical needs in the local community.

 

During Trident United Way’s Day of Caring, employees focused on community development and education. They spent the day in a local civic organization focusing on the Chicora–Cherokee neighborhood and the Charleston Promise Neighborhood. Later in the year, at the Youth Entrepreneurship and Volunteer Center, employees helped build a shed, plant a butterfly garden, hang drywall, and install insulation.

 

With education at the heart of the company’s community involvement program. MWV’s “Communities in Schools” campaign supports a nationwide dropout prevention program, providing at-risk students with moral support to help them stay in school. MWV employees also participate in the “Lunch Buddies” program at a local elementary school, meeting with students weekly to develop and cultivate lasting relationships. The company also participates in a job-shadowing program for high-school seniors where they get to follow MeadWestvaco employees for two weeks through different areas of business, such as carbon technologies, oil field chemicals, asphalt, and plant operations.

 

All of these volunteer activities are encouraged during business hours, and the company’s engineers regularly share their talents in the local community.

 


WINNER
Tilcon New York Inc., an Oldcastle Materials Co.
Wharton, N.J.

 

CI8-TilconNYEach year Tilcon New York, an Oldcastle Materials Company out of Wharton, New Jersey, tries to go the extra mile in being a good neighbor. The company keeps an open line of communication with local governmental officials, and is always willing to lend a hand in times of need.

 

Tilcon’s open houses at its facilities in New York and New Jersey consistently draw large crowds. At each location, about 150 employees and their families volunteer to help as tour guides, traffic controllers, refreshment servers, grill masters, or aides at children’s activities. The company’s most recent open house drew a record-breaking 3,000 visitors.

 

Earth Day 2012 was celebrated with 100 second graders at the Catherine A. Dwyer Elementary School in Rockaway Township where Tilcon employees joined the chidren in donning sunglasses and visors for an Earth Day safari. Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, brought reptiles, owls, and snakes for the safari, and the students learned about the wide variety of wildlife found at some of Tilcon’s quarry sites.The presentation ended with a talk about safety and its relevance to the industry.

 

FINALISTS
Barrett Paving Materials Inc.
Watertown, N.Y.

 

With the U.S. Army’s Fort Drum as one of its closest neighbors, Barrett Paving Materials of Watertown, New York has long sought to take care of the local soldiers and their families. This past year, Barrett treated five Wounded Warriors who are transition back into civilian life following combat injuries to a chartered fishing trip on Lake Ontario. Barrett also participates in the Adopt-A-Platoon program. The company has adopted two platoons deployed overseas, sending the soldiers items over the past two years. Barrett Paving Materials also has other community outreach efforts, including their sponsorships of a road rally event that supports Our Race to Recover America’s Missing Children.

 


FINALISTS
Granite Construction Co.
Sparks, Nev.

 

The Sparks, Nevada, branch of Granite Construction Company often participates in community projects that help children and seek to advance education. Now in its 12th year, the company and nearby Whitehead Elementary School have partnered to ensure creative and fun learning experiences for students from kindergrarten through sixth grade. Granite’s Partnership in Education program gives students incentives for time spent reading or solving construction-related math problems devised by Granite employees and school staff. Volunteers also spend a day each year at the school teaching lessons about the environment, materials, equipment, and safety. Then, the year is topped off with an annual company and school-wide barbeque.

 

 

FINALISTS
Lakeside Industries
Port Angeles, Wash.

 

In serving its neighbors, Lakeside Industries of Port Angeles, Washington, aims to be proactive, asking community leaders and service groups to prioritize the community’s needs. Then Lakeside employees respond by rolling up their sleeves and getting the identified jobs done. In 2012, employees spent a day building a playground and pathway for the special-needs kindergarten at Jefferson Elementary School. Lakeside employees also conduct an annual tour of Lakeside’s facility and visit a job site. The importance of safety is stressed, and the company discusses stewardship and the need to protect the area’s natural resources.

 

 

FINALISTS
Staker Parson Cos., an Oldcastle Materials Co.
Ogden, Utah

 

Staker Parson Companies, a division of Oldcastle Materials Group Mountain West, out of Ogden, Utah, has a community relations program that includes participation in local parades, site tours, touch-a-truck events, career days, educational outreach, educational scholarships, and donations of time and labor.

 

The company is proactive in seeking opportunities to give back to the community. Its “Rocks Built Our World” program offers a geology lesson to local fourth grade students, teaching them about rocks, aggregates, and mining. Staker Parson employees teach the students about the three types of rocks and they learn about mine safety by wearing protective equipment.

 

Staker Parson employees also reach out to senior citizens, visiting residents of the Aspen Care Center, a local nursing home in Ogden.