3-for-30: Pitt Kimbrough

At Lehman-Roberts Co. and Memphis Stone & Gravel Co., our greatest asset is our people. Since 1939, it has been our goal to be the best asphalt producer and contractor in the Mid-South, and that would not be possible without great employees. We believe that the path to true success begins with hiring qualified people who will thrive in our culture. We have cultivated an environment which has allowed us to acquire and maintain loyal employees, some who have been a part the company for 30 years or more. In our 3-for-30 series, we will take closer look at those employees who have successfully contributed to our mutual success.

Pitt Kimbrough: Quality Control Technician – Southern Lab, over 33 years

1. Why do you enjoy working here? How do the company’s core values impact your day-to-day responsibilities?

I like the safe and rewarding environment provided for me by the company. I work with great people; people who have been well trained, are well qualified and enjoy working toward the same goals.

I feel blessed to have been a part of this company for over 33 years. I remind myself of that every day.  In the lab, we have been give the tools to do what is needed, and we always strive to be good “stewards” and take good care of those tools.  “Humility” opens the door for gratitude and appreciation and results in open communication. We, as a company and individually, are always looking for ways to “continually improve” and get better at what we do. Those improvements often come through “relationships” with the DOT and other customers.

2. How have you seen the company change for the better during your tenure? List specific changes in operations, projects, growth, etc.

The company has changed a lot. I have seen new asphalt and wash plants, new shops & lab facilities.  I’ve seen a lot of operations open and close, but mostly a lot of new, highly qualified, hard-working employees.

Beyond the growth, it has been great to see the emphasis on safety and the improvements we’ve made. Our TPR program has been a game changer. As our maintenance program improves, our downtimes decrease. It’s great to see how TPR has been embraced by the employees and the value it has given to our companies.

3. You’ve been with the company for a long time…what about the company culture made it the right fit for you?

I have asked myself, “Is this a little big company or a big little company?” We’re kind of both, but either way, it’s all about family. It’s just that kind of culture. My father-in-law worked here and retired from here. Lehman-Roberts always provided for my family and now my son works here. Working for a family-owned company just feels right.