Concrete Products

NOV 2017

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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38 • November 2017 EASTERN REGION SECOND PLACE PREFERRED MATERIALS, INC. ALICO ROAD PLANT • FORT MYERS, FLORIDA FEATURE ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS Through nearly two decades in operation, the plant has a track record free of citations for federal, state, county and local law or ordi- nance violations, and no citizen complaints. Management and staff adhere to best prac- tices and community relations principles that add up to a good, law-abiding neighbor. Order at the operation is attributable in part to the 5S housekeeping program, which compels team members to Sort – When in doubt, move it out/red tag technique; Sim- plify – A place for everything and everything in its place; Sweep – Clean and inspect or inspect through cleaning; Standardize – Make the rules and follow them; and, Self-discipline – Part of daily work and it becomes a habit. In tandem with 5S, the Alico Road Plant uses Preferred Materials' Intelex, a web- based Environmental Management System that tracks permit expiration dates; sends out email reminders for monthly inspections and related environmental tasks; and, generates reports on task completion and permit status. The operation is also bound by Preferred Mate- rials' Environmental Stewardship and Social Responsibility Guidance Document, which becomes part of new manager training and monthly Green Alerts. The latter enlighten staff on spill prevention, storm water management, regulatory inspections, record retention, environmental policy, endangered species awareness, and recycling goals. The recently launched, quarterly Star Program recognizes employees demonstrating three qualities in their dealings with custom- ers and colleagues: • Good People. Quality, safety, reliability. You can be confident that Preferred will always deliver on that. If there's ever an issue, we make it right. Period. And if you need some- thing more, we will make it happen with a can-do attitude. Because as our customer, YOU come first. • Smart, Proactive Partners. Beyond the products we sell, we're your partners who want to help you build your business. Shar- ing national best practices. Taking the time to listen to you. Bringing our team together to strategize with you on a regular basis. • Community-Minded. Community is family and that's what gives meaning to our lives. Working together with each other and with customers, our Preferred team shares their time and talent to make the community where we live a better place. Like sister Preferred Materials site peers, Alico Road employees engage year-round in community relations projects through Green Teams. Projects include cooking dinner for the Ronald McDonald House; beach clean- ups; donating clothing and other goods to the homeless through No Strings Attached on Thanksgiving and Christmas; and, partic- ipating in food, toy and back to school drives. The mixer fleet bears Preferred Materials-standardized safety messages and pollution pre- vention measures, including mixer chute caps. A commitment to environmental stewardship is reflected in promotion of branded pervious concrete and operating practices that make the Alico Road property a draw for wildlife—from ducks and osprey to turtles and alligators.

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