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By Fara Foster, Director of Communications & Community Engagement
“We are going to bet the farm on people.”
We all heard Pat Nelson make that statement during his ATA opening remarks last January. “Bet the farm” literally means to risk, with absolute certainty, everything on an investment one believes will be successful. In the case of our companies, it means the owners are willing to invest their resources (the entire operation) in the hiring, training and development of the people who work here.
Part of that plan was the creation of a position to head those...
The week of September 25, the team at Fly Pit participated in their second CLAIRE event. Their first CLAIRE was in 2013 and the differences were noticed by those who were present for that event also. James “Bubba” Dukes, Plant Foreman, was quick to note, “This time was a lot cleaner. We removed two 5-gallon buckets of grease four years ago, but we didn’t even have a half-gallon this time.” Solomon Trantham, a 27-year veteran employee, agreed, saying that it was all about stewardship. “When you appreciate what you have, you take better care of it. That made it a lot easier this time.”...
Adapted from an article by Christine Cain
It can be easy to confuse a position of leadership with fulfilling the calling of being a great leader. A position does not make a leader. Building teams, modeling teamwork and inspiring people to work together does. It’s God’s design: “Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).
As we grow in our leadership skills, consider these 10 ways to be a better team leader:
Before the 465,362-ton I-269 project was even bid, our team had to develop a thorough plan on how to build the largest job in company history within the designated timeframe. To do so, we had to understand several things with absolute certainty. 1. We possessed the aggregate source to produce the asphalt this project would call for. 2. We could produce the necessary asphalt for the job and still serve our FOB customers with quality mix. 3. We were staffed to perform the work without interfering with completion of our other projects. 4. Our equipment was operational and available for this project...
Safety should be a top priority in any industry – especially in the construction field. When operating equipment comes into play, it’s vital for companies in this industry to establish specific guidelines and to educate workers on proper safety techniques, ensuring all parties are protected from harm. Establishing these safety best practices and guidelines creates a shared responsibility mentality that starts with management. Leaders should view safety, as well as the time that goes into enforcing it, as an investment instead of a burdensome expense.
Below are just a few important things...
James Martin: Fabrication Shop Lead Man - 33 years
1. Why do you enjoy working here? How do the company’s core values impact your day-to-day responsibilities?
I have enjoyed it - for 33 years. The company has the same values I do. I try to be fair to everyone, and I feel like I’m treated fairly. You have to be humble to do that. Everything I touch gets handled, and it’s the same for the company. I take care of my job and everybody else does the same. In a way, we all take care of each other.
2. How have you seen the company change for the better during your...
Some would argue it to be less a matter of if an emergency will occur, but rather when one will. One quick glance at any news outlet will tell you disasters can strike at any time, with little to no warning. It seems almost weekly that emergencies or storms take place that leave people injured (or worse) in their places of work. We hear reports of workplace violence more and more often. While we can never prevent some of these things from happening, we can be prepared in the event they do.
The American Red Cross lists three very simple steps to creating an emergency plan. 1) Discuss how to prepare...
By: Fara Foster
TPR, or Total Process Reliability, has been a part of our culture for eight years. Once handicapped by equipment break-downs, our recourse was to buy more equipment so we had back-ups in the event machines stopped working, which leads to unnecessarily high costs. Today, we function by a different model; training employees to maintain the equipment they operate to prevent break-downs. As with all other successful programs, the TPR program is continuing to evolve and improve.
Brian Starr is now a part of that evolution. Joining our companies in early April as our Continuous...
Donald Marter: Southern Ops, Trucking Manager - 35 years
1. Why do you enjoy working here? How do the company’s core values impact your day-to-day responsibilities? This is a good company with good people and good benefits. They really value the employees. The company’s core values match my own. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I just believe in doing the right thing. Our core values are just about doing the right thing and delivering quality. Quality is what we always strive for.
2. How have you seen the company change for the better during your tenure? List specific changes...
Roads are important. They connect everything – people, places, things. Whether you’re in the asphalt industry like us, or just a part of the motoring public, these long, winding, black pathways are a vital part of everyday life. And fortunately, the future of asphalt paving is looking bright.
According to a recent study from The Freedonia Group, there is expected to be a 3.3 percent yearly increase in demand for asphalt used in highway and street paving projects, resulting in a need for 13.7 million tons of paving asphalt in the year 2021.
So, what is the driving force...