Road Construction Awards
Four Tilcon construction projects have been awarded a prestigious Quality in Construction Award by the National Asphalt Paving Association (NAPA) for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement.
The awards were presented at NAPA's Annual Meeting in Florida in January 2015. 'Quality pavements are something every road builder strives to construct. We want to build pavements that deliver on the promise of high performance and drivability for the public' said William C. Ensor III NAPA 2014 Chairman. 'Projects that earn a Quality in Construction Award have been measured against industry best practices designed to live up to that promise. I'm proud to say that in earning a 2014 QIC award, Tilcon has met or exceeded these rigorous quality standards.'
The Quality in Construction Awards compare nominated asphalt pavement projects against best practices and standards and honor those which exemplify excellence in construction standards.The following Tilcon projects won for 2014:
Route 63 Bergen County
The three mile project traversed multiple jurisdictions and included multi-directional intersections, large retail areas and residential locations. To minimize inconvenience to the local community, all of the work was performed at night, during off-peak driving hours. Through proper planning and attention to detail, Tilcon New York was able to build an aesthetically pleasing roadway for the local neighborhood.
Passaic County Roads
The project consisted in milling and paving in six locations - winding country roads through rock cliffs and blind turns that included residential and multiple state recreational areas and extensive wildlife. Tilcon New York coordinated with area governments to produce smooth, high-quality asphalt pavements.'
County College of Morris Campus
Tilcon overlaid and milled various roads and parking lots to serve more than 8,000 students who attend the college. Coordinating, scheduling and controlling traffic were the biggest challenges and Tilcon worked through them all to produce high quality asphalt pavements.
Newark Liberty International Airport Taxiway P
Tilcon milled and paved the existing taxiway, built two new high speed taxiways, upgraded the existing electrical system and remediated ponding problems. Working mostly at night and on weekends, in a high-security area, Tilcon produced a high quality pavement for the airport.
The Passaic County road project
Oldcastle Materials Group - 2014 Innovation Award
The Oldcastle Materials Group Innovation Awards are designed to recognize innovation across the group in the fields of safety, customer service, process, product, service and people. Awards are presented in January each year, for innovations during the previous year.
Tilcon New York Inc won and Innovation Award in the People category for 2014 with a video - 'Recruiting Through the Eyes of an Intern'.
Like many construction industry employers, Tilcon New York is facing the potential loss of talented and experienced employees as a result of well-deserved retirements. Attracting and retaining motivated interns is crucial to filling the void left by retirees. At career fairs for engineering students there can often be more companies recruiting than students, so competition is keen. Tilcon's displays typically have photos of quarry highwalls, paved roads, and runways—it is a great display for the sales team, but does not tell a prospective intern about Tilcon's intern program.
Tilcon HR Director Anne Poltorak decided to make a change, and who better to tell the interns' story than the interns themselves. As part of their collaborative team project, interns at Tilcon NY created an engaging video using a GoPro camera (a wearable and mountable camera perfect for capturing extreme action video) documenting their experiences of working at Tilcon during the summer of 2014.
This new recruitment tool will improve recruiting efforts and the business by attracting new talent. It can be viewed in the Careers section under Internship Program.
John Cooney Jr, President NY Region, Anne Poltorak, HR Director Tilcon New Jersey, Sean O'Sullivan, President Tilcon New Jersey, Dan Stover, Regional President NE Region, Oldcastle Materials Group
Hot Mix Asphalt Showcase Award from the New York Construction Materials Association Inc. Tilcon New York Inc. was awarded several contracts by the New York State Palisades Interstate Park Commission to perform asphalt paving operations at numerous locations in Harriman State Park. The projects included paving five campground roadways and asphalt resurfacing of parking areas at three lake facilities. The most substantial undertaking was the pavement rehabilitation of Arden Valley Road, a picturesque two-lane roadway that passes through the center of Harriman State Park. The project included a 2" asphalt binder course over the most severely deteriorated sections of the roadway, followed by a 1 ½" asphalt top course over the entire 5-mile roadway. Another notable element was in Tallaman State Park, where a scenic picnic area overlooking the Hudson River was resurfaced with 500 tons of asphalt top course.
Jim Montesano, Paving Supervisor, Paul Taphorn, VP Construction and Greg Butler, General Manager Construction with the Hot Mix Asphalt Showcase Award
Community Relations Awards
2013 NAPA Operational Excellence Award in the category Community Involvement. Awarded for Tilcon's Community Relations program as a whole.
2013 NSSGA (National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association) Gold Award for Excellence in Community Relations - Oxford Quarry, New Jersey and Haverstraw Quarry, New York.
- In Haverstraw, NY we have teamed up with local organizations in a number of ways. In addition to offering quarry tours to schools and scout troops, we are involved with the Rockland County Adopt A Road Program and assist the Rockland County Police Athletic League and Fire and Rescue Squads.up the dock at our Tomkins Cove facility, also on the Hudson of debris that had washed ashore. A contingent of Tilcon employees participated in the Avon Breast Cancer and March of Dimes walkathon. At the March of Dimes event, Tilcon set-up a display table and gave out water and wet towels to the participants. We also give to Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society, Haverstraw Chamber of Commerce Annual Street Festival, Rockland Countyy Parent Aid Fund Annual Golf Classic, the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation and many other local causes too numerous to mention.
- In Oxford, NJ we have donated material and labor to assist several local organizations. For example, we worked with the First Aid Fire and Rescue Squad to modify their ATV vehicle shed. We donated material to the Yards Creek Boy Scout Camp, which is located close to our quarry, during a recent camp rehabilitation project. We also assisted the Oxford Youth Association when they suffered severe water damage at their ball fields following recent storms, donating material and labor to help repair their drainage issues. Over the years, we have also donated material for their warming track area, snack bar and walkways. We have been a team sponsor of soccer and baseball leagues throughout Warren County for many years and also a banner sponsorship member. We have assisted the local Musconnetcong Watershed Association by sponsoring their annual "Run for the River" event for the past twelve years.Tilcon has partnered with the Warren Hills Regional High School Scholarship Program for over ten years, supporting a worthy Oxford student's college education. In 2013, White Township was celebrating its 100th year of incorporation and was hosting an event with food, vendors, music and fireworks which Tilcon helped sponsor.
2013 NSSGA (National Sand, Stone and Gravel Association) Gold Award for Environmental Excellence - Mount Hope Quarry, NJ
Additionally, Tilcon New Jersey's Mount Hope Quarry is honored with the Two Gold Stars of Excellence Award, won this year by only two quarries in the country. This special recognition goes to a location which has won two gold awards within the past five years. Mount Hope Quarry won gold in the Environmental category for 2013 and gold in the Community Relations category for 2010.
Dan Stover, president of the Northeast Division of Oldcastle Materials Group commented "The Two Stars of Excellence Award is a testament to the Mount Hope Quarry employees' great, ongoing work, which sets the bar high and challenges all of our locations to strive for excellence."
2013 NAPA Operational Excellence Award in the Ecological category.
Tilcon's Ecological Award honors Mount Hope Asphalt plant. The plant is a new high-efficiency asphalt plant that replaes three inefficient plants. As the largest plant in the state, it is capable of 600 tontons per hour and storing 2,700 tons in nine storage silos. The plant uses technology that makes it the most fuel-efficient and environmentally clean design in the hot mix industry.