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2013 Community Involvement

NAPA presents its Community Involvement Award to asphalt companies that serve their communities through outstanding programs and projects.  Congratulations to the 2013 Community Involvement recipients! Read more about each community relations program in the September/October 2014 edition of Asphalt Pavement magazine. 

Axeon CollageWINNER
Axeon Specialty Products Inc.
West Deptford, N.J


Axeon Specialty Products LLC (Axeon SP) has a goal for each of its employees to donate 24 hours per year to community outreach. In 2013, Axeon SP employees donated more than 5,000 hours total for 30 outreach projects. “We engage our employees in the areas of their interest, touching our local schools, seniors and veterans, as well as wider community and global needs,” Axeon SP Public Affairs Director Claire Riggs explained.


To ensure that their employees’ community outreach activities are consistent with the needs of their community, the company has its own form of outreach. “We meet with key community leaders through our Community Advisory Panel to ensure we keep a pulse on the needs of the community,” Riggs said. “Our employees also participate on numerous non-profit Board of Directors, including the Gloucester County College Foundation, the Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester County, the United Way, the Appel Farm Arts & Music Center and many more.”


For the past 24 years, Axeon SP’s Paulsboro Refinery employees have hosted a fundraising event for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Axeon SP, and many of its business partners, has been a fundraising partner with MDA since 1990 and has helped raise more than $1.5 million to combat Muscular Dystrophy. The annual event raises funds for services, such as support group sessions, equipment repairs, MDA summer camp experiences, and research to find a cure.


Education is a community involvement priority for Axeon SP. Employees mentored at-risk youth at the local high school, and they helped raise $50,000 in scholarship money through the Gloucester County College Foundation’s gala event. Gloucester County College’s Women in Tech Fair, which brings eighth and ninth grade girls to the campus for a day-long science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program, is planned in part by Axeon SP employees. In addition, Axeon SP participated in a consortium with Gloucester County College, county Office of Economic Development, and three neighboring companies, to address the future hiring needs in the local petrochemical industry; this resulted in the development of a fast-track training program leading to a Certificate in Process Technology.




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


Tilcon New York has a community involvement goal for its employees: 24 to 48 hours per employee per year, with a focus on being a good neighbor. “Tilcon’s Community Involvement Program is effective based on our commitment to being a good corporate citizen to our neighbors and community as a whole,” Tilcon New York Public Relations Manager Karen Edgar said.


Tilcon has hosted open houses over the years at both its NY and NJ locations. Local residents from the surrounding communities enjoyed a family fun day filled with many activities. At each location, approximately 200 employees and their families volunteered as tour guides, traffic controllers, refreshment servers, grill masters, and more. There was heavy equipment on display, including loaders, excavators, haul trucks, cranes, water trucks, and construction paving equipment. Visitors could climb into the heavy equipment and experience sitting in the driver’s seat. Vendors and local mineralogical and historical societies were present, along with representatives from the local police and K-9 unit, and fire and rescue squads. Both locations also had a disc jockey for entertainment, a balloon artist, a caricature artist, face painting, and a variety of children’s activities.


Tilcon also conducts an annual Earth Day celebration with students from a local elementary school to highlight the relationship between nature and Native American culture. The event tied in with the students’ lessons about Native American culture. Student crafts included Native American animal symbols. A PowerPoint presentation explained what values different animals symbolize to Native Americans, such as courage, honor, and freedom. There was also a lesson on animals native to New Jersey, which included a coloring book created specifically to educate the students about raptors. Two of those raptors, a snow owl and a red-tailed hawk, made a special appearance in class with guides from the Tenafly Nature Center, who explained the birds’ sounds and behavior, and brought artifacts to show the students.


Participating in Keep Rockland Beautiful’s Great American Clean-Up, some Tilcon employees and their families cleaned up the dock area at Tilcon’s Tomkins Cove facility. The dock, adjacent to the Hudson River, is used to load stone onto barges bound for the New York metro area. Trash from the Hudson washes ashore and accumulates at the dock. Keep Rockland Beautiful is a non-profit affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. The Tilcon employee team collected more than 20 cubic yards of garbage that washed up at the Tomkins Cove Facility.


Each year, in support of West Point Military Academy’s geology education, cadets tour Tilcon New York’s Tomkins Cove and Haverstraw quarries. Managers from the quarries discuss how the stone is quarried and transported. They also show the cadets the mining pit and point out the Ramapo Fault that runs through the Tomkins Cove quarry. At the Haverstraw quarry, the cadets see how the rock is naturally different than the rock at the Tomkins Cove Quarry. The cadets also learn about mining, quarry blasting, and the personnel demands necessary to run the operation.


In support of technical education, Tilcon’s Mt. Hope Plant Quality Control Department hosted a tour for Warren Hills Technical High School, Engineering Academy students. A top-notch presentation was made to the group on the uses and advantage of warm-mix asphalt. The presentation included a discussion on Evotherm and foamed asphalt


Rogers Group Inc.
Gallatin, Tenn.


Rogers Group Inc. is just one division of a community-minded company. Although the company does not set hourly goals for its employees to participate in community involvement projects, Rogers Group employees are very active in their community and participated in 21 projects last year.


Last August, flooding left many families in the Ewing Drive area near the Rogers Group Whites Creek Quarry with little left to their names. The families were in crisis and in need of daily essentials. A food and clothing drive was organized for the flood victims. Rogers Group employees pulled together quickly to ensure these families had what they needed and could focus on salvaging their homes. Donations were distributed through the Olivet Missionary Baptist Church and the Middle Tennessee Second Harvest Food Bank. Every October, Rogers Group hosts a popular fish fry for customers and neighbors, along with some Rogers Group retirees. It is the company’s way of saying “thank you for allowing us to be a part of the community.” Catering by Granny’s serves more than 1,000 plates. It’s a time where people can meet away from the hustle and bustle of jobs. Mayors from surrounding cities and counties attend the event along with many local and state officials. Corporate employees assist by serving drinks. Employees are used for traffic control. The huge event is held on the Gallatin Soccer field near the Gallatin Quarry.


At Portland High School’s career day, ninth through twelfth grade students learned about jobs in the asphalt industry. The Roger’s booth was very well attended and employees were busy answering questions about rocks, road, and jobs available in the industry.


When Community Outreach Making Partnerships at Summer Schools called the Rogers Group about a poorly maintained basketball court in need of repairs, employees at Rogers Group jumped right in. Milling and repaving the aging basketball court, students soon had a safe place to play again.


Station Camp Hill School needed help building a new football field house. The money wasn’t in the budget for the full project, which had been delayed for many years. Rogers Group provided more than 5,000 cubic yards of fill material, along with a dozer and operator to spread and compact the material. The company donated labor, equipment and material to the project, and within three days the pad for the new field house was complete. The school’s Quarterback Club thanked them by making them a first-down sponsor. At each home game, at the first down, Rogers was recognized by game announcers as a first-down sponsor.


Lane Construction Corp.
Calais, Maine


The Lane Construction Corp. operates in a series of small communities where volunteerism in the community is recognized and appreciated. Although the company has no goals for hours volunteered by employees each year, the office of 19 employees participated in 15 community outreach projects in 2013.


Employees at the Charlotte Field location participated in the 13th Annual Polar Bear Dip sponsored by Washington County Community College. Lane Construction employees raised $1,580 by jumping into the Atlantic Ocean on a frigid March day. The proceeds of this year’s annual event were donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Bangor.


For the fifth year in a row, Lane Construction Employees cleaned up the local cemetery, raking leaves, removing fallen tree branches, as well as removing debris left by visitors. This community project is completed each year prior to the Annual Memorial Day ceremony.


Also for the fifth year in a row, employees participated in the roadside clean-up of the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, operated by the U.S. Depart of the Interior. The employees and their families removed debris for a seven-mile stretch from both sides of the road.


Lane employees and their families were deeply involved in the success of the Washington County Relay for Life. They participated in the fundraising walk, and also worked in many areas behind the scenes, filling more than 1,000 luminaries that surrounded the track, participating on the Relay for Life Committee, chairing the Luminary Committee and the Corporate Sponsor Committee, participating in the Dump Truck for Charities Program, and donating the sand for the luminaries.


Lane employees donated athletic equipment to the Charlotte Elementary School. The check for the athletic equipment was presented during an event in the school’s auditorium. Students, teachers and parents were thrilled with Lane’s generosity.