Two Argos Plants – the Roberta Plant in Calera, AL and the Atlanta Plant, Atlanta, GA, were recognized at Portland Cement Association's (PCA) Spring Board of Directors meeting in Chicago, IL on April 16, 2012.
The Roberta Cement Plant in Calera, AL, was recognized for its resourceful approach to improving plant safety. PCA presented the Safety Innovation Award for developing a safer method to inspect confined spaces. A team at the plant created a telescoping infrared camera that gives a more comprehensive view of the vessel and also provides better documentation, since a video recording feature was added. By archiving the information, employees can visually compare areas over the course of time.
PCA also recognized the Argos Cement Plant in Atlanta, GA, with the distinguished Chairman's Safety Performance Award for an outstanding safety record. The Atlanta plant was in the "Less than 179,000 employee hours" division.
"Working to continuously improve safety and health in the workplace, employees at the Argos Cement plant set a standard for safety excellence that promotes safety and health protections throughout the year," said Brian McCarthy, PCA president and CEO.
About Argos USA:
Argos USA is part of Cementos Argos S.A., a multinational corporation based in Colombia. Argos USA employs about 2,200 people at its offices and over 220 concrete plant locations, two cement plants, one grinding facility, and nine cement terminals. These facilities are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.
Based in Skokie, IL, the Portland Cement Association represents cement companies in the United States and Canada. It conducts market development, engineering, research, education, and public affairs programs.More information on PCA programs is available at www.cement.org.
Four Argos cement terminals recently received a nationally recognized Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) certification for their efforts in managing on-site wildlife habitat. The four terminals, Ball Ground, Newnan, Cordele and Durham completed their project documenting progress over a 12-month period. The terminals range in size from a small piece of industrial property to more than 6.5 acres. The process requires a certified biologist visit each site, which results in a wildlife habitat "Opportunities Report." The choice of opportunities is dependent on the location and size of the site and plant staff commitment to implement, manage and document the effort. Projects have included installing on-site pollinator gardens for butterflies and hummingbirds, blue bird and bat boxes, installation of predator (hawk) platforms, removal of exotic vegetative species and replanting of local native vegetative species. All projects must be documented and are then judged by an independent panel through the WHC.
The Ball Ground wildlife team even visited the local elementary school to talk about the terminal's wildlife habitat and donated a native Eastern redbud tree, which the children planted in their schoolyard. Boy Scouts have been involved in building the blue bird and bat boxes. Cement plants have even built floating wood duck boxes and landfills have implemented rotational mowing techniques for the groundcover.
The WHC is a non-profit, non-lobbying organization dedicated to increasing the quality and amount of wildlife habitat on corporate, private and public lands. WHC devotes it resources to building partnerships with corporations and conservation groups to create solutions that balance the demands of economic growth with the requirements of a healthy, biodiversity and sustainable environments. WHC wildlife habitat and conservation education programs are found in 45 states, the District of Columbia and twelve other countries.
I am pleased to announce that we are transitioning our two companies, Ready Mixed Concrete Company (RMCC), serving the southeastern United States, and Southern Star Concrete, Inc., serving Texas and Arkansas, under Argos USA. Both companies have been part of the Argos family for some time, and we are adopting a brand that we believe will allow us to bring our customers even more value.
With the Argos brand, we are not merging the companies but making two trusted concrete companies better. What won’t change are our people, who have made both these companies successful and on whom we know you rely on for outstanding service.
Argos is a multiregional company that has been exporting cement to the U.S. for more than 50 years. We have a presence in North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. As part of Argos, we benefit from our parent organization’s financial stability, strong corporate governance and resources for continued improvement in technical knowledge, services and products. Argos also brings a strong commitment to environmental and community sustainability.
Even though you will continue to be invoiced by the current company, Ready Mixed Concrete Company or Southern Star, you will soon begin to see the Argos logo appearing on our trucks, stationery and signage. We hope that when you see the striking green and blue concrete mixer trucks, you will recognize that while the outside may have a new look, inside you will continue to find an organization focused on the quality products and excellent service you have always found in our heritage brands. Our commitment to you is to be an integral, full solutions partner that you can rely on to achieve business success!
We deeply appreciate your business and look forward to continuing our partnership.
In Dallas, Argos recently participated in Career on Wheels Day at Nancy Moseley Elementary - Cruz Fonseca, a mixer truck driver at the Argos USA downtown Dallas plant, accompanied by his front line plant manager Bo Smith, spoke to all the students about the science involved in producing concrete and about the many environmentally friendly applications it is used for.
The teachers and the students were amazed at how greatly concrete has positively impacted their neighborhoods: roads, bridges, sidewalks, even playground equipment. The highlight of the day was watching the excitement in each child’s face when they were hoisted into the driver’s seat of the mixer truck to honk the horn. Without question the Argos employees that participated in the event had as much fun, if not more, than the kids. Preparing students to be productive citizens ready to pursue their dreams is not the responsibility only of the schools, but also Argos USA.