2 Unimin plants earn IAAP community relations awards

Kerry Clines

April 13, 2018

UniminUnimin’s Tamms and Elco plants received the Community Relations Award from the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers (IAAP) for a 9th consecutive year. The award recognizes producer member companies whose community involvement and support activities have enhanced the public’s perception of the member’s aggregate operation and the aggregates industry in general.

“We are grateful to be part of such a great community and are pleased to have again been recognized by the IAAP,” says Bleve Willoughby, Tamms/Elco plant manager, in a press release. “Our employees are passionate about serving those around us, and we appreciate their generosity and effort.”

The Tamms and Elco plants have helped fund — and participated in — various community projects associated with the local fire department, school activities, summer sports camps, the county fair, and local soil and water conservation programs. Highlights of other activities include the following:

  • Ownership transfer of the Magazine Mine to the Organization for Bat Conservation to preserve endangered bat species. The community was invited to participate and learn about the company’s ethic of sustainability and land care.
  • Organization of a holiday food drive which produced more than 1,000 pounds of canned goods for two area food pantries.
  • Ongoing donations of inkjet cartridges to a local private school to reduce the costs associated with school supplies. The school recycles the cartridges through a national office supply company which, in turn, provides credits for needed supplies.
  • Education of local grade school students through Unimin’s Bat Education Program, which allows children to learn about the important role bats play and the need to protect endangered species,
  • Participation in the U.S. Forest Service’s Critter Night gives employees the opportunity to help children connect with naturalists and biologists and learn about nocturnal animals at fun activity stations. 

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“The community action plans set forth by Tamms and Elco — and all of Unimin’s plants — reflects our commitment, and genuine desire to be involved in the communities in which we live, work, and play,” says Carl Horvat, Unimin regional general manager, in the press release. “The employees in our Elco and Tamms facilities have a long history of working closely with their neighbors and serve as emissaries of corporate social responsibility for Unimin.”

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