Every year Lehman-Roberts Co., in collaboration with MDOT and Memphis Stone & Gravel Company, welcomes five to six hundred students from the north Mississippi county school systems to its annual company Career Fair. This one-day event held at our Batesville shop in Mississippi gives high school and vocational students the opportunity to get an up-close look at the mining and paving industries. Students observe the daily operations of mining, washing, crushing, and sizing aggregate. They are given a tour of the asphalt testing lab, a demonstration of how hot mix asphalt (HMA) is made, and are taught to formulate their own “chocolate HMA” recipe by certified lab technicians. In the afternoon, kids gather under a large tent where our employees serve lunch.
The Lehman-Roberts Co. Career Fair is the first of its kind to allow students to sit alongside a licensed operator and “operate” machinery on one of the twenty-five pieces of equipment that are carefully staged on the lawn. A “drunk-driving course” moderated by state troopers also gives students the opportunity to experience first-hand the dangers of driving under the influence. Students navigate a golf cart through the driving course while wearing special goggles that simulate intoxication.
This annual event, founded by MDOT’s Division of Civil Rights program, is one of the many ways Lehman-Roberts Co. is actively involved in the lives of young people in our community.