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David Zatezalo, MSHA Administrator.
miles east of downtown Houston
along the bank of the Buffalo Bayou
and upstream from the Houston Ship
Channel. The aggregates distribution
yard has been providing construction materials to the Houston area
for more than 25 years.
Materials are delivered to the
Navigation Yard by train from the
CEMEX Balcones Quarry, located in
New Braunfels, Texas, about 175 miles
west of Houston. The Houston area is
a key market for crushed and washed
limestone. CEMEX also manufacturers
ready-mix concrete at the site and
operates a barge loading facility for
transporting construction aggregates.
The facility has two wet batch and
two dry batch ready mix concrete
operations on site. 1,200-1,500 tons
per hour are unloaded.
Best of the Industry
NSSGA proudly recognized two
operations for outstanding community relations programs. FEC Quarry,
a CEMEX operation in Miami, Fla., and
Stringtown Quarry, a LafargeHolcim
operation in Stringtown, Okla.,
each received a Platinum Award of
Excellence. FEC Quarry also earned
NSSGA's Two Stars of Excellence award.
The association is proud to bestow a
special honor for operations that
receive two Gold Awards for either
Community Relations or Environmental
Excellence within a five-year period.
"Quarries provide good-paying jobs
in addition to producing the materials used to build local roads, schools,
hospitals and more. A good community relations program is key to any
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operation anywhere in the country
because it educates our neighbors
about the value of our operations,"
said Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO. "The people at FEC and
Stringtown Quarries exemplify what it
means to not just work in a community,
but to be a part of that community."
Honoring a Lifetime
The National Stone, Sand & Gravel
Association's highest individual
recognition, the Barry K. Wendt
Memorial Commitment Award, was
posthumously awarded to John Wall
of New Jersey. The area manager at
Braen Stone Industries, in Haledon,
N.J., passed away in December 2017.
Wall had over 42 years' experience
managing and building the industries
top production facilities.
"He was first in 5 a.m., and the
last to leave work. He was willing to
work weekends or holidays, whatever
it took," said Scott Braen, president
and CEO of Braen Stone. "John was a
coach who provided guidance, shared
his experience and challenged you
to be better. He believed in earning
your stripes, working through all
obstacles to accomplish a task and
earning respect. His colleagues, vendors and employees adored him and
emulated his personal integrity and
professional work ethic."
NSSGA established the Wendt
award, proudly administered by
the Manufacturers and Services
Division, to recognize an individual