McCook, Ill. — Vulcan Material Company’s McCook Quarry does more than provide the aggregate and construction materials that makeup the foundations of our local buildings, roads, bridges and other structures.
Whether by adopting nearby schools, hosting their annual Law Enforcement Day, or being a “top dog” at the La Grange Pet Parade, the McCook Quarry also builds local foundations through community partnerships.
And this past week, the McCook team was recognized by the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) for all their exemplary efforts in community relations.
Ranking in the top 10% of nationwide applicants, the quarry received the Gold Award for Community Relations at the NSSGA’s annual convention.
“We’re incredibly grateful for our community partnerships,” said Jeff May, Vulcan’s regional manager. “Winning this award is really the result of the ongoing relationships that we’ve been fortunate to share and sustain.”
As is the case with the quarry’s annual scout day, some of McCook’s initiatives are now embedded into the culture of the very organizations with whom they partner.
“The yearly Earth Science Day is something every sixth grader in our district gets to experience,” said Dr. Glenn Schlichting, Superintendent, LaGrange School District 105. “Next fall’s class was in first grade when the partnership began, so it has since evolved into a part of being a sixth grader that younger students now look forward to every year.”
And while education and neighborhood outreach have both been key priorities for the McCook Quarry, they’ve also seen dividends from their strategic partnerships with organizations like the Lyons Township Quarry Council, local chambers of commerce and business associations.
“The McCook Quarry isn’t just a local source of high quality aggregates,” said Katherine Liebforth of the Western Suburban Chamber of Commerce. “Their continual outreach with local government and local employers has positioned them as one of the key fixtures in our business community.”
According to May, receiving the Gold recognition from the NSSGA speaks just as highly of the community as it does the McCook Quarry.
“Everyone benefits from a strong community that promotes one another,” said May. “This recognition is an acknowledgement that our entire community is committed to building strong, sustainable foundations for our friends, neighbors and future generations.”
For more information about Vulcan Material Company’s McCook Quarry, visit vmcmccook.com.