Tilcon Receives NJBIA's New Good Neighbor Award
Tilcon New Jersey was honored at the New Jersey Business & Industry Association's 53rd Annual New Good Neighbor Awards Luncheon on May 31, at the Pines Manor in Edison for the construction of their new state-of the-art Gencor asphalt plant at Mt. Hope Quarry. The plant is one of the largest asphalt plants in the state. The award salutes firms that have, in the last two years, contributed to the economic vitality of their communities by constructing new buildings or investing in noteworthy improvement projects. An independent panel of judges from a cross section of state associations and organizations judge the entries based on their economic benefits, job creation, architectural merit and community involvement.
Rockaway Township's Mayor Michael Dachisen nominated Tilcon for the award and for its commitment to being a good corporate citizen. The facility, which is nestled in the southern most historic portion of the community, has a mining and furnace operations which dates back to the early 18th Century on site. Another historic landmark is the Ford Faesch home, which stands at the entrance to the facility and was once owned by Mr. Faesch who was one of the first iron masters that produced ammunition for George Washington's Continental Army. Tilcon has never lost sight of the importance of the local history of the area and is pride to have it as part of their landscape.
Tilcon has contributed to numerous community based groups, the local school system as well as county-wide non-profit organizations. For example, The Township was in need of light towers for their athletic fields as they did not have permanent lighting on their fields and Tilcon assisted by donating light towers that allow them to illuminate the fields for games and practices during evening hours. Donations of material and other related resources have been donated to the Catherine A. Dwyer Elementary School for their reading garden and playground as well as recently a donation of boulders for security at the school. A few years back, Tilcon also helped finance a school solar speed limit sign for the roadway in front of the school.
Over the years, a close communication has been formed with the local township fire and rescue squads and police departments by using the facility as a resource for training purposes. Tilcon is also identified in the township's Local Emergency Operations Plan as a primary contractor capable of providing materials and equipment on a moment's notice in the event of a local major disaster. Tilcon dispatched the heavy equipment needed to clean up debris following Superstorm Sandy.
Safety is always number one priority at the site, and the new asphalt plant project included improvements to the property's roadways that facilitate the ease of traffic flow into and out of the facility for the local community, customers, visitors and employees. The new state-of-the-art equipment that was added runs more efficiently and quietly and provides additional dust control measures improving the plants overall environment and further minimizing any intrusion to the surrounding neighbors and community. Other features include a separate COD and Call-in-Order Intercom System that allows customer to speak their orders via intercom and then sends their payments via an air tube, similar to drive-through banking without the customer even getting out of their vehicles.
The new quality control laboratory has lab stations for the Department of Transportation and other state agencies that are in full view of the plant along with a sampling platform.