Nov 19, 2019
NSSGA’s Platinum Awards Recognize the Industry’s Best
The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association today announced the recipients of the 2019 Platinum Awards of Community Relations and Environmental Excellence.
NSSGA annually presents Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards of Excellence to sand and gravel operations and quarries across the country. The Platinum Awards are the highest recognition that a single quarry can receive for community outreach and sustainable practices.
Sullivan Road Gravel Plant, a Central Pre-Mix operation in Spokane Valley, Wash., received the Platinum Award of Excellence for Community Relations. Central Pre-Mix is A CRH Company.
Gainesville Quarry, a Lehigh Hanson operation in Gainesville, Ga., received the Platinum Award for Environmental Excellence.
“Quarries support their local communities in many ways. A good community relations program is key to educating their communities about the importance of aggregates, the focus on safety with which our member companies operate each day and the lengths to which quarries are stewards of the environment,” said Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO. “The teams at Gainesville Quarry and Sullivan Road Facility are excellent examples of excellent quarries.”
With a year’s worth of community outreach and support, the Central Pre-Mix team at Sullivan Road is the embodiment of corporate social responsibility. Employees raised $11,000 for the Corporate United Way Fund Drive Campaign, built homes for those in need as part of a Habitat for Humanity build and arranged for mixer trucks to block off intersections in support of public safety for the 2018 Lilac Bloomsday Run. The Sullivan Road Facility also received the Two Stars of Excellence award for earning Gold Awards in Community Relations and Environmental Excellence within five years.
The Gainesville Quarry focuses on minimizing waste to a large extent through mindful planning, careful selection of vendors and an aggressive recycling program. Stormwater and water used by the operation to minimize dust is recycled and reused daily, as the quarry also uses a 59-acre neighboring former operation for water storage and treatment. The quarry has also installed computer software, sensors and cameras to monitor all aspects of the production line.