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2016 Community Involvement

NAPA presents its Community Involvement Award to asphalt companies that serve their communities through outstanding programs and projects.  Congratulations to the 2016 Community Involvement recipients! Read more about each community relations program in the July/August 2017 edition of Asphalt Pavement magazine. 


Rogers Group
Gallatin, Tenn.

In 2016, 80 of the Rogers Group Inc.'s 175 employees participated in 30 community involvement projects — more than 1,650 man-hours were donated by employees for these activities. Employee volunteers are actively engaged in 2017-CI - Rogers Group 3 - fish frycommunity involvement activities because they see the good they are able to accomplish and appreciate that their input is valued.


"Rogers Group has a good reputation in the communities we serve," Rogers Group Administrative Assistant/Community Relations Coordinator Judy Bowling said. "Our managers are on a first-name basis with most of our plant neighbors, business partners, school representatives, community leaders, and elected officials. This is due to the multiple efforts we take to develop relationships with each of these stakeholder groups and invest in the community any way we can."


Rogers Group supports a wide variety of organizations and is known for filling requests for help as quickly as possible. Schools, trade associations, charities, youth sports, and other community-focused groups have spread word-of-mouth about the company's commitment and engagement with the community. Some requests are as small as $50 or $100 donations, others are for materials and worker expertise. All are met with the same enthusiasm.


In addition to the company's resources and expertise, Rogers Group has become renown for its Annual Fish Fry. More than 1,100 customers, neighbors, and local officials are invited to attend this much-anticipated event at the Rogers Group Soccer field adjacent to the company's Gallatin quarry. Uncle Bud's, a name all locals know, caters the event with its famous fried catfish. The local Sheriff's department provides a police officer to assist with traffic control. Rogers Group employees set up the event and greet everyone as they arrive for the feast. Guests have called it "the best event in Sumner County," bringing community members together who otherwise might not see each other during the year.


Other highlights from Rogers Group's community involvement include its commitment to helping area schools. Company employees continued their commitment to helping tutor and mentor elementary school students at Alex Green Elementary School. Together, 10 employees donated more than 170 hours supporting various classrooms, and its May track and field event.


At Hendersonville High School, Rogers Group stepped in to address a pavement failure underneath the high school's track in time to ensure the rubberized track installer could complete its work within a tight schedule.


Fifth graders at Bernard Academy toured Rogers Group's Whites Creek quarry and learned how it operates. Students stood at the quarry overlook to understand the full size of the quarry; toured the site, and learned how and why it operates; watched a video on how stone from the quarry is crushed; and heard from company employees about their jobs and how they contribute to the company's operations.


Rogers Group employees also donated their time to the Vulcan/Weekend Backpack Program sporting clays fundraising event. The Oct. 14 event raised funds for 86 homeless students in the Lebanon Special School District. Second Harvest, the organization holding the fundraiser, spends approximately $130 per student to provide backpacks and more than 300 additional benefits to help these students succeed.




Silver Star Construction Co.
Moore, Okla.

More than 100 Silver Star Construction employees donated more than 2,000 hours for six different community efforts in 2016.2016-Ci4 Silver Star 2


"Silver Star Construction and its employees want to give back to the community that has been so good to us," said Craig Parker, Executive Vice President of Silver Star Construction. "We help the local community when asked and where it is needed."


The company's community involvement activities are organized by its Community Team, a group of employees and managers who plan fundraisers to assist charities, field community requests for support, and organize employee volunteerism. The Community Team is the heart and soul of a community-minded company looking for ways to make a difference.

This past year, Silver Star Construction and its Community Team worked on a variety of projects to help community organizations and individuals. A benefit car show was held to raise funds to support the company's community activities such as Santa Express, St. Jude's, Moore Crime Stoppers, Christmas cards for veterans, and a women's resource center. Local car enthusiasts paid to register their vehicles in the car show and the Community Team raised more than $11,200 at the car show.


In a separate fundraising event for St. Jude's, the Community Team organized company participation in St. Jude's Oklahoma City Walk/Run to Beat Childhood Cancer. It is an annual event for the medical facility that focuses its expertise on children with cancer and other diseases. Silver Star Construction sponsored the event and represented with a 50-person strong participating team of employees, family, and friends to raise $6,546 for this important cause.


Fundraising organized by the Community Team has ensured that there are funds available when unforeseen needs arise, such as a local child with brain cancer. Silver Star Construction's Community Team had available funds to help cover the boy's immediate medical care.


Christmas is an active time for Silver Star's Community Team. Christmas cards were sent to active duty veterans, and employees showed their appreciation for veterans by providing Christmas dinner to a local veteran's family and a $200 gift card for another veteran's family. At Silver Star Construction's Christmas party, employees made a donation or brought a child or teen gift of $10.00 or more. The party raised $400 and collected 75 gifts. The annual Christmas party silent auction raised an additional $1,600 for community activities.


Silver Star's Community Team also participates in two activities that help their town: Moore Crime Stoppers, a group that has helped make the streets of Moore safer by offering monetary rewards for anonymous tips that help solve crimes; and the Women's Resource Center, a crucial safe-haven for battered women and children. The Women's Resource Center also assists rape victims, providing housing assistance when necessary, and helping the victims navigate the complicated legal system.


"Our community involvement activities have absolutely helped the community recognize Silver Star Construction as a good neighbor in the community," said Parker. "Any time we can open doors on a positive level, it benefits both the community and our company."


Barrett Paving Materials Inc.
Watertown, N.Y.


 In 2016, 41 Barrett Paving Materials' employees donated 217 hours for 12 different community activities. Over the past five years, the company has continued to grow its community involvement activities.2016-Ci9 Barrett Paving 8


"Our programs at Barrett Paving Materials have been helpful to many different schools and organizations within our community," said Sue Ann Mesick, Human Resources Manager at Barrett Paving Materials. "We also make donations, hold tours and open houses, and participate in local events."


Education and workforce development is one of Barrett Paving Material's areas of focus for community activities. The company's New York North region offers scholarships to local high school students who have chosen careers in business, engineering, environmental, or mining. "We have seen several of these students return as interns over the past few years, and our hopes are that they will become our next generation of dedicated Barrett employees," Mesick said.


In cooperation with the State University of New York (SUNY) at Canton, Barrett Paving Materials hosts an annual Engineering Materials class tour. Students learn about the production processes involved at a hot-mix asphalt plant, as well as how the on-site lab tests the asphalt mixtures' properties.


Barrett Paving Materials also participates in the Jefferson Leadership Institute. Each month, the student group visits a host company to learn about the particular business and how it fits into the local workforce. Barrett Paving Materials hosted the Institute's Construction Day. Students were given a tour of the Watertown quarry and asphalt plant, followed by a visit to Watertown International Airport, where runways are paved with asphalt.


In addition to education/workforce activities, a team of six employees ran in the 2016 Run for Recovery, an annual local fundraiser to raise money to increase awareness about the impact of substance abuse and to promote education about addiction treatment options in the community. Barrett Paving Materials also participated in its 10th annual American Red Cross blood drive. Thanks to the help of a first-time donor, 15 whole blood units were collected, which helped up to 45 patients who needed blood transfusions.



Simon Contractors

Cheyenne, Wyo.


In 2016, 190 of Simon Contractors' 800 employees donated more than 760 hours to community activities and charitable events. The company's community involvement program focuses on giving back to the communities that have created opportunities2016-CI-Simon 1 for Simon Contractors to prosper.


"We focus on donating to local charities and events that help ensure vital communities," Simon Contractor Business Development Director Mark Madsen said. "We strongly support community initiatives."



Among its many community activities, in 2016 Simon Contractors specifically supported programs that help children and youth from a variety of backgrounds in Cheyenne.


The Boys and Girls Club of Cheyenne receives year-round support from Simon Contractors. One of the highlights of the year is the company's participation in the Boys and Girls Club Chili Cook-off, which raises operating funds to provide a safe and educational space where children can go after school during the school year, and all day during summer and school vacations.


Across the state line in Nebraska, Simon Contractors participates in the state's annual Construction Career Days. High school students are given the opportunity to watch a construction project in progress and observe work in real-time. Students are encouraged to watch, participate, and ask crew members, managers, and career recruiters questions.


Simon Contractors also supports Climb Wyoming, an organization that promotes the training, hiring, and education of young women with career development limitations due to family problems, substance abuse, or other issues that undermine career potential. Simon Contractors has been a strong advocate for the organization, donating to the non-profit and placing several Climb Wyoming youth in corporate offices across the state.


Youth with emotional, behavioral, and legal problems are provided assistance by Youth Alternatives, a family-centered program. Simon Contractors makes donations, provides assistance as needed, and company employees serve on the organization's board of directors.


In addition, Simon Contractors supports Wyoming Children's Society, the oldest non-profit adoption agency in the state. The company makes annual monetary contributions and donates employee man-hours for projects, as needed.