March 7, 2018
The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) recognized two operations — LafargeHolcim‘s Stringtown Quarry in Stringtown, Okla. and CEMEX‘s FEC Quarry in Miami — with platinum awards for outstanding community relations programs during NSSGA’s 2018 Annual Convention in Houston.
“Quarries provide good-paying jobs in addition to producing the materials used to build local roads, schools, hospitals, and more,” said Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO. “A good community relations program is key to any operation anywhere in the country because it educates our neighbors about the value of our operations. The people at FEC and Stringtown quarries exemplify what it means to not just work in a community, but to be a part of that community.”
Stringtown Quarry employees volunteer their time and talents to a number of projects in the community, including a county-wide Natural History Day event where more than 500 students and parents got close to quarrying equipment and learned about the industry. Employees donated more than 280 volunteer hours, and the operation donated 5,000 tons of road base to build a bridge for the community.
CEMEX’s FEC quarry hosts more tours than any operation in the East region. The tours, which are held on a regular basis for businesses and civic groups, feature lunch and panel discussions. Local, state, and congressional lawmakers who frequently attend the tours learn about the value of quarries.
FEC Quarry also earned the NSSGA’s Two Stars of Excellence award for receiving two Gold Awards for either Community Relations or Environmental Excellence within a five-year period. It earned an Environmental Excellence Gold Award in 2017 and earned a Community Relations Excellence Gold Award for 2018.