When Delta Companies’ Southern Illinois Stone Company quarry opened its gates to groups of 5th graders from Lincoln Elementary School in Marion recently, the Buncombe miners did not have a community relations award on their minds, they just wanted to show the students the foundation of foundations.
Southern Illinois Stone quarry is an often overlooked part of Illinois’ infrastructure by the general public zipping by on State Rt. 37 just three miles south of Goreville, but the stone mined at Delta is a building block in roads, foundations and buildings of all kinds throughout the area.
Delta was presented with a Community Relations Award for its “outstanding community involvement and support activities” by the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers, IAAP, Thursday during a cookout dinner and retirement gathering for two long-time employees Cliff Branscum and Kennith Rushing.
“We are fortunate to have employees from surrounding communities who are the best in this business so when it comes to giving back to these communities this company steps up with help and support,” said area manager for Delta Companies, Paul Wakefield. “This award and dinner acknowledges everyone’s efforts.”
Quarry manager Tim Mevert accepted the award on behalf of Delta with IAAP outreach manager, Shawn McKinney reading aloud the community actions they were awarded for.
“Students were guided on a tour of the quarry where five stations staffed by Delta Companies’ employees highlighted mining safety, heavy equipment in use that day, quality control assuring good stone for building projects and a unique opportunity to look into the depths of the quarry as well as hunting for fossils and crystals,” said McKinney.
Delta delivered lighting to Goreville Schools and stone to Cypress as well.
“Goreville School District benefited from your generosity when it asked to use a lighting plant for the school’s fall festival event,” said McKinney. “And the Cypress Grade School received a donation of 15 tons of rock to be auctioned at their Halloween festival.”
The mine was also recognized for its hosting groups of teachers attending an IAAP’s Rocks, Minerals & Mining workshop and its ongoing efforts to be involved in the Johnson County community.
In a press release made available after the presentation, IAAP, a trade association serving the stone, sand, gravel and non-coal industrial mineral mining industry in Illinois, praised Delta for its work and encouraged its “outreach efforts by incorporating community involvement into its company philosophy.”