Vulcan Materials Co. announced that its Manassas Quarry in Manassas, Va., has received an Excellence in Community Relations Gold Award from the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association. This top level national award recognizes a superior level of active involvement with and positive contributions to the facility's neighboring community.
The facility, under the leadership of Plant Manager Chris Carroll, is part of Vulcan’s East Region, which has a regional office located in Springfield, Va.
Manassas Quarry began operations in 1963. It is recognized as a vital part of the community as evidenced by the honors it has received from both local community and national organizations, Vulcan said. As a long-standing community partner, the Quarry’s sustained commitment to the community includes participating in Vulcan’s highly successful Adopt-a-School program (officially adopting four area schools), creating an outdoor classroom and nature trail on quarry property for its adopt-a-schools, partnering with SERVE, and offering tours of the facility to school groups, cub/boy/girl scouts and geology students.
In addition, numerous “spirit rocks” have been delivered to local school partners. In 2005, the History Channel’s Modern Marvel series on “largest machines” featured Manassas Quarry’s MP1000 cone crusher, which is the largest cone crusher in the world. The Manassas Quarry has also been a certified wildlife habitat by the Wildlife Habitat Council since 1991 and a certified Corporate Lands for Learning site since 1999.
“Vulcan employees at the Manassas Quarry are invaluable members of our community. They have demonstrated their commitment to the citizens of our community and the environment time and again,” said Deb Oliver, Prince William County Department of Public Works. “Working with my office, Vulcan has provided volunteers, supplies and expertise for community efforts. They served a critical role in our annual Six Weeks to Make A Difference Conservation Project Campaign. Vulcan employees lead by example by conserving water, reducing energy use, recycling and monitoring their operations to reduce environmental impacts. Our community is richer and a better place because of the efforts and dedication of these fine employees.”
“Vulcan is one of the most dedicated companies we’ve ever had supporting our SERVE campus programs and services. Since we provide emergency food assistance to over 800 families each month, we need a lot of community support – often with short notice – and Vulcan really understands that,” said Karen Horowitz, director of Volunteer & Internship Engagement at Northern Virginia Family Service. “Whether it’s plowing snow from our parking lot, delivering fresh produce from farmer’s markets, repairing shelves, sponsoring our special events or fundraising for our annual bowl-a-thon, Vulcan is always at our side. They are a remarkable company that actively involves all team members in giving back; they truly care about making our community a better place.”
“Throughout the past five years, staff from Vulcan has helped adopt-a-school partner Stonewall Jackson High School’s Ecology Club students build trails, bridges, an outdoor classroom space, a turtle habitat, and informational signage around a pond that has now been transformed from an under-utilized area to an interactive outdoor learning habitat for both Stonewall Jackson High School students and students from the neighboring adopt-a-school partner Ellis Elementary School,” said Jessica Hruska, Environmental Sci and Oceanography teacher and Rich Smith, Biology teacher, Stonewall Jackson High School. “Vulcan staff has also dedicated countless hours teaching our students and volunteering at various community events held at Stonewall Jackson High School. On a yearly basis, staff from Vulcan visit Earth Science classes to teach them about the types and uses of rocks and minerals.”
Vulcan’s regional VP/GM Diggs Bishop commenting on the most recent award said, “The employees of the Manassas Quarry exemplify the commitment we have to our neighboring communities. I am so very proud that our employees have achieved national recognition for their excellent community involvement.”