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where its headquarters are established. Not surprisingly, Dolese's combination of experience and innovation
has the company well-positioned to
aide in its home state's growth.
"We have a great story to tell as
a company. I'm humbled by the past
that has brought us to where we are
today, but I'm also really excited
about the future," said Mark Helm,
president of Dolese, with dozens
of Dolese employees gathered at
company headquarters, and many
more watching a live stream on
Facebook, on February 10, 2017. That
day marked the commencement of
a year-long celebration of Dolese's
The festivities of that day, however, were not confined by the four
walls at Dolese headquarters or by the
computer and mobile device screens
that carried the Facebook Live feed.
Thanks to official declarations by
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett
and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin,
the day was celebrated throughout
the city and state as "Dolese Day."
Fallin was particularly enthusiastic
in sharing her thoughts on what the
company has meant to Oklahoma over
During his "Dolese Day" address,
Helm went on to note that the company's planned projects and investments for 2017 represented the
largest capital investment in the history of Dolese. The impact of such
a large contribution is not lost on
"We appreciate Dolese's investment
in Oklahoma; we appreciate its jobs
and, of course, we appreciate the
great stone, gravel, rock and all the
aggregate material it produces to help
us in Oklahoma," she said.
"Dolese Delivers" is the mantra
that over 1,000 employees at Dolese
live by. It represents an unwavering commitment to their customers,
community partners and each other.
On February 10, 2017, though, the
tables were rightly turned as the city
of Oklahoma City and the State of
Oklahoma delivered the proper recognition for Dolese with "Dolese Day."
Most of Us Called Him "Mr. D."
In the lobby of Dolese Brothers' main
office on 13th Street in Oklahoma
City, stands a statue of a bear. The
bear leans forward assertively, yet
its arms are folded gently behind its
back giving off an aura of confidence
and approachability befitting of the
man to whom it pays tribute.
"A lot of people called him Mr.
Dolese, but most of us called him Mr.
D.," said Dolese environmental manager Tom Dupuis.
Roger Dolese, son of co-founder
Peter, joined the company in 1940,
and before the end of the decade,
inherited control of Dolese Brothers
from his father and uncles. It was
under Roger's direction that the
company grew to become the largest aggregate producer in the state
of Oklahoma. And while his forward
thinking and business acumen are
praised, according to recently retired
Dolese vice-president Daryl Moomey,
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