August 16, 2017
CalPortland‘s Diablo Aggregate Plant received Arizona Rock Products Association‘s (ARPA) 2016-2017 Community Excellence Award for its contributions to local communities over the past year. Judges gave special consideration for the team effort made by the plant during the Burrowing Owl Relocation Operation, which took place over an eight-month period. Volunteers from the community also helped with the owl project and were there eight months later when the owl tents were taken down and the birds were free to come and go.
Other events that helped the plant win the award included participating in the Arizona Mining Days on the Capitol lawn, holding Career Day for 2,300 high school students who wanted to learn about careers in mining and construction, and the Gold Status Award from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s VESP (Voluntary Environmental Stewardship Program) for aesthetic improvements made to the plant’s appearance, as well as for performing above and beyond the requirements for environmental sustainability.