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November 2014

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17 AGGREGATES MANAGER November 2014 PLANT PROFILE customers who need that service. The companies have a variety of trucks to suit any type of delivery. "Eight to 10 trucks sit at the plant all the time, so when our customers call in an order, we put a truck on it," Matthews explains. "We have a good relationship with the truckers. It's their responsibil- ity to go out and serve our customers, as far as doing a good job by spreading the material or putting the material where the customer wants it. The truckers know that our customers are the ones who pay the bills, and they do all they can to make sure the customer is happy. This arrange- ment works out well." Safety In a year when quarry accidents and fatalities are on track to possibly outpace the past few years, Whites Creek is setting a new safety record, one day at a time. A sign hangs on the outside of its service building showing how many days the plant has been accident free. At the end of September, it read 3,731 days…and counting. "Our goal for safety is zero injuries," Matthews says. "On Sept. 25, I had a steak dinner for all of my guys here, along with about 15 people from the corporate office. We celebrated 10 years injury free — no accidents and no injuries — at Whites Creek Quarry. That's a pretty good milestone for Rogers Group, for a quarry of this size. "I do something special for my employ- ees every 500 days that we go accident free," Matthews continues. "I usually buy them a jacket, sweatshirt, or duffle bag and personalize it by putting their names on it. I want them to know that they aren't just an employee, they are a person. We treat all our employees as if they are family." Three of the employees at Whites Creek have been with the quarry since it was acquired by Rogers Group. They transferred over with the quarry when it was purchased from Martin Marietta, so they have more than 10 years of experi- ence. However, zero injuries is quite an accomplishment considering the fact that four of the employees at the quarry are recent hires with less than a year of experience. "I'm trying to take care of the new hires and keep them safe by teaching them the right thing," Matthews says. "We want to keep that 10-year safety record going. Metso's new Nordberg NP15 impact crusher takes you 3 steps forward: t 4UFFQFSGFFEBOHMFJNQSPWFT crushing performance t "VUPNBUJPOBOETNBSUXFBSQBSU design increase cost efficiency t /FXQBSUSFBSGSBNFNBLFT maintenance easier and safer Introducing the new Nordberg NP15 impact crusher NP15 3 steps forward 7H[W,1)2WRRUYLVLWZZZDJJPDQFRPLQIR

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