Community

COMMUNITY

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.

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SMITH RIVER, VA: COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT THE BOXLEY WAY

Among Boxley’s Core Beliefs are to be responsible stewards of the environment and active participants in our communities. In the past two years, Boxley employees ventured into some areas few would dare tread to clean up rivers, streams, hiking trails and other polluted areas throughout Virginia. With approximately 1,000 volunteer hours logged, our teams improved wildlife habitats and made recreational areas safer and usable once again. As part of the annual Smith River Clean Up Day, employees helped remove 2,805 pounds of trash and debris along more than a 20-mile stretch of the river. It was a hot, muddy endeavor that continues to pay huge dividends for the river’s eco-system and recreational enjoyment. 

PERRY, KS: HAMM & THE WILDLIFE HABITAT COUNCIL

Hamm Companies has dedicated over one hundred man hours in the past 2 years towards educating the next generation of our community on waste management, our recycling facility, and the Wildlife Habitat Council certification that we have received on our reclaimed landfill.  The objective of this community engagement is to foster a greater sense of awareness on where waste goes, while fostering innovative thinking to manage the challenges of the future.  We host high school environmental science students to our active and reclaimed landfill, state of the art Material Recovery Facility, and provide classroom support and presentations on these topics annually.  We have also partnered with nearby Perry Lecompton Middle School shop class to get their help to build falcon condos for our certified Wildlife Habitat Council project on the landfill.   These visits and partnerships help students to understand the complex processes associated with waste management, as well as coming up with new innovative solutions to reduce waste and its impact on our environment.  

WICHITA, KS: WORKING WITH OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS

Anderson Elementary is located just three blocks away from the Cornejo & Sons main office in Wichita KS, and we have come to adopt it as our neighborhood school. In an area comprised of mostly rentals and government assisted housing, “our school” has unique needs. To us at Cornejo, this is extremely important, as we wholeheartedly believe that every child deserves a great education and an equal chance.
 
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.
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VANCOUVER, BC: MAINLAND MINING EDUCATION

Mainland Sand and Gravel has hosted school tours of our mining operation since 2003. During that time we partnered with British Columbia’s Minerals Ed Program with the mission of encouraging and supporting earth science, mineral resource and mining education in surrounding schools. The goals of the program are to foster a well-informed public through school education based on accurate and balanced information, and to stimulate young peoples’ interest in minerals industry careers. We work with young children through 5th grade students from all over the Vancouver area to educate them on the importance of mining in our society. We also strive to teach students about how mining can co-exist with a healthy, vibrant environment. This is why we think the work do in partnership with the Wildlife Habitat Council is so important. This program reaches approximately 200 students annually, and is integral to Mainland’s community outreach.

HOUSTON, TX: BACKPACK & SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

On July 20, 2016, Alleyton started its First Annual Backpack Challenge. The challenge, which ran through August 5, 2016, was to see how many backpacks filled with school supplies could be collected from each of Alleyton’s aggregate and ready-mix plants. The plant with the most backpacks donated would win a luncheon. In the end, a total of 54 backpacks were donated by employees. The donations were then split between two backpack programs: the YMCA Operation Backpack and MattressFIRM Foster Kids.

FRUITA, CO: SNOOKS BOTTOM LAKE PROJECT

Elam made a large contribution to the community when they reclamated the former Snooks Bottom location into a lake. This area is now becoming a popular attraction for locals in both Fruita and Redlands, west of Grand Junction. The land, donated as open space, is now maintained and overseen by the City of Fruita. There is a biking and walking path around the lake, as well as a dock.
 
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.
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QUAD CITIES: RACE FOR THE CURE

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® is the world’s largest, and most successful breast cancer initiative focused on both education and fundraising. Through a series of 5K runs and fitness walks, the organization raises significant funds for breast cancer research, celebrates survivors, and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® efforts started in 1983 as a single race in Dallas, attracting 800 attendees. Since that day the organization has expanded globally. Now there are nearly 1 million participants that gather across four continents to complete more than 150 races each year. The Quad Cities event alone has approximately 5,000 participants, including those from Continental Cement. 
 
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

Continental Cement partnered with the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) to create, conserve, and restore wildlife habitats that reside on our corporate lands. These special programs take sustainability goals and translate them into tangible results. Currently the Davenport Plant has three certified projects, all of which have been certified since 2008. Both the East and West Prairie initiatives are located along the Mississippi river and span a total to 9.9 acres. The third project, Ponds and Wetlands, is located north of the facility’s active quarry and encompasses a total to 5.8 acres. 
 
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

In August of 2015 a group of 3rd grade boys visited us on site at our Hannibal Plant. They were there for much more than a tour! They were driven, smart, and wanted to help us with our Green America Recycling program. We took them up on their offer and challenged them to find a way to process VHS tapes.
 
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.