Building a Better Future, Together.
The Summit family of companies is deeply rooted in our communities, frequently through decades of family-owned businesses. We embrace the uniqueness of each of our companies, and the established local partnerships and culture are an important part of our focus. This is evident through the varied efforts across our geographical reach. From STEM education, to veteran hiring, to highway clean up — the parallels lie in our desire to have a positive impact in the places where we live, work, and play. We invite you explore our community engagement efforts by region and find out what’s happening near you.
SMITH RIVER, VA: COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT THE BOXLEY WAY
PERRY, KS: HAMM & THE WILDLIFE HABITAT COUNCIL
WICHITA, KS: WORKING WITH OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS
Over the years we feel lucky to have partnered with Anderson, to give back to the school and children that we’ve grown to love. We have had huge success with school supply drives, attendance incentives, and even on-site equipment demos. Seeing the appreciation and joy on the faces of our local children make these projects a no-brainer for us, and motivate us to keep on giving.
Recently, we chose to take on a project of a more personal nature. Working with the principal of Anderson Elementary we identified a particular issue at school regarding attendance. We decided that every semester we will give a bike away to a student with perfect attendance. This was a very rewarding gift to give local students, and is a highlight of our employees every year to give the bikes away.
Through our efforts at the Anderson Elementary school we know that simple acts of kindness can go along way. We look forward to working with them for many years to come to create opportunities for the children and to improve our neighborhood.
VANCOUVER, BC: MAINLAND MINING EDUCATION
HOUSTON, TX: BACKPACK & SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
FRUITA, CO: SNOOKS BOTTOM LAKE PROJECT
Another large initiative in the Grand Junction area has been The River Front Trail. As the landowners we’ve donated easements to help the community develop a trail network along the Colorado River.
QUAD CITIES: RACE FOR THE CURE
Since 2008 members of the Davenport Plant have donated their time to support the efforts of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®. Each year roughly five employees, along with their family members volunteer at the Quad Cities Race to hand out water to the racers. We’re happy to do our part to keep participants hydrated for such a great cause!
DAVENPORT, IA: WILDLIFE HABITAT COUNCIL PROJECT
Through the Wildlife Habitat Council, we’ve not only been able to provide wildlife habitat, but also gain a larger appreciation for the creatures around us. Prior to our last recertification the Quad City Chapter of the National Audubon Society paid us a visit to help us identify the bird populations living in our pond area. We were proud to learn that we are surrounded by Great Blue Heron, Morning Dove, Wild Turkey, Northern Pintail Duck, and Black-Capped Chickadee just to name a few.
HANNIBAL, MO: RELYING ON LOCAL YOUTH TO MAKE CHANGE
A little history …
VHS tapes have a very high BTU value, but we had been struggling to process them in the shredder. The tape itself continued to get caught in the system and it was becoming a bit of a nightmare.
The challenge was accepted and in December of 2015 the Robotics Team presented us with their solution. They had designed a VHS shredding system with liquid nitrogen that would freeze the tapes. This allowed us to cut them without tape getting caught in the system. On top of that they also designed, built, and programmed their own robot. Needless to say, we were impressed!
While this was an obvious learning experience for the kids, they also taught us a few lessons too. Witnessing their tenacity and excitement was inspirational for all of us at Summit Materials. Walking away from it all we challenged ourselves to tackle our work with the same energy, and think outside of the box.