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We once again collected donations for “Coats For Kids.” 

Kathy Barks, who works in the Corporate Office, served as the champion of this event. 

The deadline for donations was Friday, November 2. This allows time for the clothing to be distributed to those in need before inclement weather arrives in The Heartland.

Southeast HealthPoint Fitness, the Salvation Army, and the River Radio stations teamed up for the annual "Coats For Kids" program--a one day, 12-hour effort to get warm clothes to kids in our area who really need them. 

Every year, the community is urged to donate extra coats, gloves, sweaters, hats, snowsuits, and other winter wear that their family no longer can wear. The warm clothing is collected and given to the Salvation Army for distribution to needy families in the area.

Thanks to our employees for filling several large boxes with their generosity! 

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Southern Illinois Asphalt Co., Inc. is accepting quotes from qualified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) for the Illinois Department of Transportation Letting on January 18, 2019.

Interested DBEs may learn more about the Letting and projects by contacting us at (618) 998-1615 or visiting the IDOT website at  www.dot.state.il.us.

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Delta Asphalt of Arkansas, Inc. is accepting quotes from qualified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) for the Arkansas Department of Transportation Letting on December 5, 2018.

Interested DBEs may learn more about the Letting and projects by contacting us at (870) 573-6893 or visiting the AHTD website at www.arkansashighways.com.

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"Excellence in efficiency, accuracy and safety are three goals aggregate producers strive to achieve every day.These areas are all of high-priority at Delta Companies, a construction materials producer that operates sites in Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas. The use of a drone now helps the company achieve all three goals in the area of inventory management,"  writes Joe McCarthy, Associate Editor of Pit & Quarry.

The entire article is attached below as a pdf document and may be viewed by clicking: https://www.pitandquarry.com/modernizing-mine-planning-and-inventory-management/ courtesy of Pit & Quarry magazine. 

The Pit & Quarry magazine and related products have served the aggregates and mining industries for many years by providing numerous resources, such as articles regarding industry trends and new technologies, webinars, white papers, and roundtable discussions.

You may learn more about Pit & Quarry and become a subscriber by visiting www.pitandquarry.com.

Pit & Quarry magazine October 2018.pdf

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The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Southeast District held its annual Construction Career Day on October 30 at the Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center on South Silver Springs Road in Cape Girardeau.

Construction Career Day is designed to introduce high school students to construction careers. Construction is one of the country’s largest industries and is facing a shortage of skilled workers. If not addressed, this shortage will only increase. It will affect quality, safety, and the industry’s overall ability to effectively build the infrastructure needed for our future. This event provides an opportunity to educate young people about the various rewarding opportunities available in the construction industry.

Approximately 120 high school students from southeast Missouri participated in the event. The students were able to visit numerous informational booths, walk around and climb in equipment, observe and ask questions during a panel discussion with industry leaders, and tour several working manufacturing facilities.

Exhibitors at the event included: Roland Machinery, Ameren, Sunbelt Rentals, Southeast Missouri State University (Department of Engineering & Technology), Southeast Missouri Carpenters Apprenticeship Program, Buzzi Unicem USA, Job Corps, L. Keeley Construction Company, MoDOT Equal Opportunity Diversity Division, MoDOT HR (Southeast District) – Driver Safety, MoDOT External Civil Rights Division, the AGC of Missouri, and the Delta Companies Inc.

The Panel Discussion was moderated by Pastor Daryl Minner and featured Steve Bubanovich - Construction Manager with H. R. Quadri Contractors, LLC; Andrew Meyer - Assistant District Engineer with MoDOT for the Southeast District; Katy Liley, P.E., - Project Manager with Gerdan Slipforming; Eugene Little – Owner of Little Painting & Drywall; and Phil Heimbecker – Human Resources Manager for the Delta Companies.

We provided tours of our Cape Complex, including the SEMO Quarry, the Cape Girardeau HMA Plant, the Missouri Shop, and the Missouri Quality Control Lab. Mike Martin, Christine Linguanti, Jerry Neels, and Don Rosenbarger served as tour guides for the bus trips. Terry Everly, Robert Walls, Justin Bennett, Amos Taylor, Joe Vernon, Tony Shafer, Aaron Fortner, Kari Wagner, Cody Essner, and Brandon Machen provided site specific commentary at their respective stops. Dan Grier with SEMO Ready Mix joined the tour for a discussion of the ready-mix concrete plant.

   

   

Participating high schools were Caruthersville, Portageville, Charleston, East Prairie, and the Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center (CTC). The CTC includes students from Advance High School, Central High School, Central Academy, Chaffee High School, Delta High School, Jackson High School, Kelly High School, Leopold High School, Notre Dame High School, Oak Ridge, Saxony Lutheran High School, Scott City High School, and Woodland High School.

We wish to thank the MoDOT staff, especially April Hendricks-Brown – Sr. Civil Rights Specialist; Kathleen Clayton - Workforce Develop Coordinator and Rebecca Peters - Vocational Guidance/Placement with the CTC; and Brenda Robinson Echols, Rosie Davis, and Felicia Anderson with Lincoln University for their assistance during this event.

You may learn more about the CTC and the various programs it offers by visiting: https://ctc.capetigers.com/home. You may also learn more about the Missouri Department of Transportation at https://www.modot.org.

   

   

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Apex Paving Co., Inc. is accepting quotes from qualified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) for the Missouri Department of Transportation Letting on November 16, 2018.

Interested DBEs may learn more about the Letting and projects by contacting us at (573) 331-7561 or visiting the MoDOT website at www.modot.org.

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 We had a very busy three hours the last Saturday of September! And, we aren’t referring to our paving crews, quarries, and asphalt plants.

The bright sun and warm temperatures encouraged children, parents, and grandparents to visit the numerous displays and vehicles at the “Touch-A-Truck” in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

The event, sponsored by the City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department, was held at the Shawnee Park Center on September 29 from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. The organizer of the event, Tessa Bollinger – Recreation Specialist with the City of Cape Girardeau, informed us the attendance was approximately 600, which is a good number for this first-time event.

      

We wish to thank the following employees for investing their Saturday morning in the lives of hundreds of children: Micki Horrell (Corporate), Howard Hemmann (Apex Paving Co.), Ethan Amberger (Heartland Materials Quarry), Ken Lambert (ASA Asphalt), Steve Peterson (Apex Paving Co.), Matt Eubanks (Missouri Shop), and Don Rosenbarger (Corporate).

   

Our team assisted children in and out of a large wheel loader, handed out yellow “hard hats” and Mining Activity booklets, helped with rock coloring, and distributed information regarding Proposition D – YES on D for safer roads, safer streets, and safer bridges.

   

We featured a new Komatsu WA 470 loader from our friends at Roland Machinery Company (thanks to Dan Christensen and the rest of the Roland family).

We hope to see you at next year’s event!

 

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The Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center (CTC) held its annual Manufacturing Day on October 3. Manufacturing Day® is a national event that celebrates modern manufacturing and is meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

Manufacturing Day addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together, manufacturers can address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Over 200 7th and 8th grade students and nearly 150 CTC junior, senior, and adult students from the greater Cape Girardeau area participated in the event. The students were provided literature and other information along with the opportunity to join in several hands-on activities with the various exhibitors.

Exhibitors at the day-long event included: Botkin Lumber, Buzzi-Unicem USA, Mondi Jackson, Nestle Purina Petcare, Newell-Rubbermaid, and SEMO Milling.

The Delta Companies Inc. provided tours of our Cape Complex, which includes the SEMO Quarry, the Cape Girardeau HMA Plant, and the Missouri Shop, to the high school and adult students. Taylor Kirn, Christine Linguanti, Joe Vernon, Tony Shafer, and Don Rosenbarger served as tour guides for the six bus trips. Dan Grier with SEMO Ready Mix joined the tour for a discussion of the ready-mix concrete plant.

   

The questions were few in number, but very meaningful. One young man asked “what are aggregates?” and “why are they important?” Those are great questions! Other questions included what are the skills necessary to get a job, how old do you have to be to work in the construction industry, do I have to furnish my own tools? Those are questions we must be able to address to attract these young people into our industry. We will continue to work with the CTC and area high schools to provide answers to these and other relevant questions.

   

Participating high schools included Advance High School, Central High School, Central Academy, Chaffee High School, Delta High School, Jackson High School, Kelly High School, Leopold High School, Notre Dame High School, Oak Ridge, Saxony Lutheran High School, Scott City High School, and Woodland High School.

We wish to thank the CTC staff, especially Libby Guilliams - Director - Career & Technology Center, Kristy Unger – Assistant Director, and Kathleen Clayton - Workforce Develop Coordinator, for their assistance during this event.

The CTC staff told us they saw a great deal of excitement with the kids and expected they would be talking to their parents about their experiences.

You may learn more about the CTC and the various programs it offers by visiting: https://ctc.capetigers.com/home and about Manufacturing Day by visiting: http://www.mfgday.com/about-us.

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Children of all ages scrambled to see and touch approximately 25 vehicles, including a race car and hauler, row crop tractor, fire trucks, police cars, aerial boom trucks, garbage truck, street sweeper, a monster truck, and a helicopter from Air Evac Perryville at the “Touch-A-Truck” in Jackson, Missouri.

The event, sponsored by the Jackson Community Outreach Board, was held at the Jackson Civic Center on September 15 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. Event organizer, Eric Longman – Associate Pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson, told us the crowd was over 1,600 based on the number of waivers completed at the entrance table. Last year's attendance was 1,000.

Since our loaders were busy on that beautiful Saturday morning, we featured a brand new Caterpillar 966M loader from our friends at Fabick Cat (thanks to Damon Dillard and the rest of the Fabick Cat family). We had a rock coloring table amply supplied with rocks from our nearby SEMO Quarry. We also distributed yellow “ASA Asphalt” hard hats, our new Mining Activity Booklet, “Delta” ink pens, recruitment flyers, and information regarding Proposition D – YES on D for safer roads and bridges.

   

  

Megan Pingkian, Micki Horrell, Cathy Lorenz, Christine Linguanti, Paul Hudson, Mike Martin, and Don Rosenbarger were busy greeting attendees, working the tables, answering questions, and assisting kids in and out of the loader. We saw many potential future equipment operators on that Saturday morning.

 We hope to see you at next year’s event!

 

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Delta Asphalt of Arkansas, Inc. is accepting quotes from qualified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) for the Arkansas Department of Transportation Letting on October 24, 2018.

Interested DBEs may learn more about the Letting and projects by contacting us at (870) 573-6893 or visiting the AHTD website at www.arkansashighways.com.

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