December 13, 2017
“This allows safer and more efficient gate operation and more consistent loads for customers at load-out bins,” said Vulcan Materials Vice President of Permitting & External Affairs Jimmy Fleming in a statement, according to the news agency. “Emphasis during construction was also placed on environmental controls and features, such as automated dust-suppression valves and road sprinklers.”
The opening of the new plant was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 4, 2017, which was attended by elected officials, neighbors, and approximately 150 Vulcan employees, including Vice President of Georgia Operations Rickey Vickery, Area Manager Travis Holman, Plant Manager Dan Wilson, and Plant Supervisor Vickie King. U.S. and state officials included Georgia Department of Natural Resources board member Ray Lambert Jr., then-District 17 State Sen. Rick Jeffares (R-McDonough), and Teresa Cooke of the office of District 13 U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-Atlanta). Stockbridge City Council members Neat Robinson and Elton Alexander, City Manager Randy Knighton, and Main Street program staff members Kira Harris-Braggs and Lisa Fareed were also in attendance.
“Vulcan supplied much of the material that built America’s infrastructure over the last 100 years since their beginning right here in Stockbridge,” Councilman Alexander said in a statement, according to the news agency. “The quarry is truly an amazing natural tourist attraction. James Albert King, Dr. King’s grandfather, worked in the historic quarry as well. Hollywood has been to the quarry several times for filming.”
The Stockbridge quarry, which began operation around 1875, is reported to be the oldest continuously operating aggregate operation in Georgia. Vulcan acquired the quarry in 1958.