Mulzer Sponsors Perry Co. Habitat ReHab Home in Tell City

President Ken Mulzer, Jr. presents Crawford Co. Habitat with a $20,255.80 donation at our first annual charity outing in 2019.

Mulzer Family of Companies has been proudly supporting local Habitat for Humanity chapters for over 40 years, and in 2019, we created the First Annual Helping Habitat Charity Golf Outing to raise funds for one local chapter within our operating region.  100% of the funds raised are donated and our first chapter recipient was Crawford County Habitat for Humanity.

The Second Annual Helping Habitat Charity Golf Outing took place on-line last year, however we were still able to raise over $20,000!  Perry County Habitat was chosen as the recipient and they were able to quickly put those funds to use by purchasing an existing home near our Main Office in Tell City, Indiana that was to become the first ever ReHab project for Habitat in the county.

Josh Harris, Executive Director of Perry County Habitat, gave us the opportunity to bring a crew in for one of the first work days on the project: Demo Day!  22 employees, including interns and their supervising mentors, along with a host of others from all corners of Mulzer Family of Companies showed up on a sweltering hot morning to take down and salvage cabinets & trim, and remove carpeting and drywall.

Employees & interns gather for a group photo after Demo Day at the ReHab home in Perry Co.

Giving back, especially through organizations that provide valuable services & opportunities to all citizens in our communities, is a top priority for employees at Mulzer Family of Companies.  The fact that this ‘new’ ReHab home was literally in our backyard was icing on the cake!

The Third Annual Helping Habitat Charity Golf Outing is scheduled to take place on September 22, 2021 at Christmas Lake Golf Course in Santa Claus, Ind.  For more details on the golf fundraiser, click here.

 

 

2021 Neil Mulzer Scholarship Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce the following 2021 High School graduates as recipients of this years’ Neil Mulzer Memorial Scholarship.  The scholarships provide a one-time $500 grant to children of full-time employees at Mulzer Family of Companies who attend approved post-secondary education.

  • Caitlyn DeWilde – daughter of Benjamin (New Amsterdam) and Denisa Mizell.  Caitlyn is a graduate of Jeffersonville High School.  She plans to attend Purdue University to study economics.
  • Danielle Fleenor – daughter of Steve Fleenor (Evansville).  Danielle is a graduate of Central High School.  She plans to attend the University of Evansville to study communications.
  • Shaylon Hedinger – daughter of John Hedinger (Cape Sandy) and Pam Wright.  Shaylon is a graduate of Perry Central High School.  She plans to attend Owensboro Community & Technical College to study veterinary technology.
  • Erin Jenkins – daughter of Jonathan Jenkins (Cape Sandy).  Erin is a graduate of Crawford County High School.  She plans to attend Indiana University Southeast to study psychology.
  • Sydney Maasberg – daughter of Natalie (Evansville) and Keith Maasberg.  Sydney is a graduate of Mater Dei High School.  She plans to attend Indiana University to study law and public policy.
  • Megan Medlock – daughter of Jeff (Charlestown) and Angela Medlock.  Megan is a graduate of Henryville High School.  She plans to attend Indiana University Southeast to study nursing.
  • Cameron Rogier – son of Jeremy (Rockport) and Charla Rogier.  Cameron is a graduate of Tell City High School.  He plans to attend Vincennes University – Jasper Campus to study mechanical engineering.

Congratulations to all of the recipients and their families.  We wish them the best of luck in all of their future endeavors.

Temple Quarry Goes 5 Years with Zero MSHA Citations

Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc.’s Temple Quarry received industry accolades this week for going five (5) years without a single MSHA citation.  While every organization under the watchful eye of MSHA strives to conclude an inspection with the same result, MSHA’s detailed and systematic approach can often result in very minor citations that simply must be addressed.  For example, aggregate quarries are required to file mountains of paperwork each year to be in compliance with many MSHA requirements.  Think about all of the paper you have to fill out in your daily life or at work and you can understand how easy it would be to accidentally miss a step. Ever had a headlight go out on your vehicle and not notice it during daylight hours?  That’s another example of a MSHA citation that is difficult to catch before an inspection.

To put this achievement into greater perspective, consider that Temple Quarry receives 2 MSHA inspections a year, with each one lasting anywhere from 2 to 3 days – that’s 144 hours of intense, in-depth review a year.  All in, MSHA inspectors have been on site at Temple for over 700 hours in the last five years and haven’t found one single citation. That’s pretty impressive.

Since taking shape in 1978, under the Mine Act of 1977, MSHA has continued to work to reduce injuries, illnesses and fatalities through enforcement as well as active outreach, education & training, and technical support in the mining industry.  Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. values the working relationship we have with MSHA and the shared resources available to help us ensure our employees make it home to their families safely, every single day.   Temple Quarry’s five year record, with zero citations, illustrates an extreme dedication to safety by all employees, those who work at Temple daily and those who are in support roles off-site.  Way to go Mulzer & Temple Teams!

Mulzer Employees Rescue Crew from Sinking Historic Paddle Boat

Gambler Paddleboat traveling the Ohio River, days before encountering trouble. Credit: Harmar Village – Marietta, Ohio Facebook page.

“When I see something, I will say and do something.”  At approximately 12:30 pm Central on Monday, September 28, the old historic paddle boat sternwheeler, Gambler, was heading downriver on a trip from Cincinnati to the Mississippi.  It was at Ohio River mile marker #507, close to our #15 dredge, when our dredge master Jason Risley noticed the boat was in trouble.  “I started watching it, and something did not look right.  We thought we should go check on them because the boat was not positioned right”, commented Risley.  Jason and Scott Devillez from our Rockport Dry Dock quickly jumped into the Jon Boat and went to help.  By the time they reached the Gambler, it had already sunk.  Jason and Scott saw two individuals injured and bleeding in the water where the Gambler went down.  Jason said, “My first thought was to ask them ‘ How many are we looking for?’”  Thankfully, they were able to pull the two seriously injured crew members on board the Jon Boat to safety.  Their safety training kicked in and Scott and Jason administered emergency first aid procedures and rushed them to the Grandview boat ramp where Emergency Personnel were waiting to transport the injured to the hospital.

 

Images taken of the Gambler as it started to sink & after fully submerged.

According to a Facebook post, Gambler Co-Captain, Mark Heslep, posted, “She went down near Lewisport, IN, upriver from Owensboro, KY, at 1:31 p.m. EST on Monday. Low freewall at the stern caused the engine room to flood. She went over in a heartbeat.“ He continued, “(We) were in the wheelhouse at the time and were able to help each other climb out.  A crew downriver launched their lifeboat and got to us in minutes.”  His post ended with,” Lucky to be alive.”  The Gambler was embarked on a 1,347 mile, two-river adventure that was destined for mile marker #830 on the Mississippi River. The only people on board were Co-Captain Heslep and the Gambler’s owner & Co-Captain, Gary Lusso.

 

Jason Risley & Scott Devillez

No one knows how they will react in an emergency situation, but Jason and Scott didn’t wait to take action, and saved two lives in the process.  It’s not every day you see an old, historic paddleboat floating down the Ohio, especially one that is in danger and sinking. Jason trusted his instincts and with Scott’s help, hurriedly reached the sunken boat just in time to make a huge difference in Co-Captain Heslep and Lusso’s lives.   “One word comes to mind when I think about what Jason & Scott did that day: Amazing”, commented Ken Mulzer, Jr., President of Mulzer Family of Companies.  “We are extremely proud of the quick, lifesaving measures they took in a very serious situation on the water.”

Neil Mulzer Memorial Scholarship Winners Announced

As college students around the country are beginning their 2020/2021 academic year, we are pleased to announce the following 2020 high school graduates as recipients of the Neil Mulzer Memorial Scholarship.  The scholarships provide a one-time $500 grant to children of full-time employees who attend approved post-secondary education.

  • Emily Gibson – daughter of James (Newburgh) and Tracey Gibson.  Emily is a graduate of North High School and plans to attend Bellarmine University to study elementary education.
  • Bennett Kain – son of Kevin (Evansville) and Kelly Kain.  Bennett is a graduate of Memorial High School and plans to attend the University of Louisville to study marketing.
  • Katie Medlock – daughter of Kevin (Charlestown) and Julie Medlock.  Katie is a graduate of Henryville Jr. Sr. High School and plans to attend Indiana University Southeast to study pediatric nursing.
  • Blake Polk – son of Mike (Tell City Shop) and Natalie Polk.  Blake is a graduate of Perry Central High School and plans to attend Vincennes University to study surveying.
  • Hailey Stricker – daughter of Jason (Charlestown) and Sarah Stricker.  Hailey is a graduate of Charlestown High School and plans to attend Indiana University Southeast to study biology.

Congratulations to all of the recipients and their families, and we wish them the best of luck in all of their future endeavors.