Tilcon Hosts Summer Boy Scout Tours
Tilcon hosted two Boy Scout tours over the summer. The tours were held at West Nyack Quarry on June 7 and Pompton Lakes Quarry on July 19. The scout troops needed to meet the necessary criteria to earn their geology badges by learning about the earth and its many layers and the different types of minerals and how they are formed.
The scouts from Garnerville, NY and Montville, NJ each saw presentations given by Tilcon staff on the geology and history of the quarries and the different types of aggregate that are produced at each facility. They discussed the importance of our industry and how crushed stone is essential in building homes, schools, hospitals, roads and erosion control projects. They also learned that Tilcon meets all requirements of state and federal environmental regulatory agencies and that environmental stewardship is an essential part of being a good corporate citizen in the communities in which we work and live.
A bus transported the scouts and family members on a tour of the quarries. They learned how the stone is blasted and then broken up into large pieces and transported by huge haul trucks to a primary crusher. There, large rocks are fed into the top and then made into smaller/finer pieces of rocks in various different sizes. They were told that sometimes the rocks may be fed into smaller crushers to be further broken down.
Our guides spoke to the scouts about how the crushed stone is usually transported to our customers by independently owned and operated trucks, but some quarries, such as our NY ones, may transport by barge or rail, along the Hudson River to our customers.
The final stage of the quarry tour was a question and answer period and many of the scouts and their families asked numerous questions. They were all given goody bags and educational materials to take home and share with their families and friends.
The tours were a huge success. Many thanks go to:
John Rufer; Plant Manager; Kyle Shuman, Pit Foreman; Jeremy Vandermark, Production Foreman; Susan Kopek, Office Manager.
Brad Carroll, General Manager, Aggregates, NJ; Grant Shields, Assistant Plant Manager; Stephanie Dennis, Office Manager; Maritsa Barosi, NJ Safety Training Coordinator.