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.

Mulzer Family of Companies Gives Back

The holidays are a time to celebrate faith, family and friends, and as 2019 comes to a close, we reflect with gratitude on all of the good fortune the year brought our way. One of the activities from 2019 we are most proud of came from our most treasured resource, our employees. Several throughout our company stepped up to lead the charge to help support local charities conducting special programs or drives during the holiday season.  We, in turn, supported those employees and organizations by carrying out a company-wide Holiday Give Back in November and December.

Mulzer Family of Companies chose 5 organizations, scattered throughout our operating region, who faithfully serve the communities we live and work in.  The organizations chosen and sponsored by our employees in 2019 were:

  • Ann’s Angels of Hope – Serving Harrison & Crawford County, Indiana
    • Employees donated winter clothing and specific food items that were placed in backpacks for the students to take home for use over the break.  We donated enough food to fill 100 backpacks!
  • United Caring Services – Serving Vanderburgh County, Indiana
    • Employees donated a car full of urgent need items requested by UCS to help during their busiest time of the year.
  • Community Action Center – Serving Spencer County, Indiana
    • Employees donated boxes and boxes of food and clothing donations to support the CAC and their mission.
  • N. Perry Head Start Students – Serving Perry County, Indiana
    • Employees helped Santa by donating Christmas gifts for all of the students in the program.
  • Crawford County Head Start & Family Services – Serving Crawford County, Indiana
    • Employees donated meal bags for 74 families in Crawford County to celebrate Christmas dinner over the holidays.

“We are proud to support these important organizations in our operating region who serve some of our most needy community members, and at the same time, support employees who champion these organizations in their free-time,” commented Ken Mulzer, Jr., President.  “It is truly amazing to see what we can accomplish when we work together, especially during the holiday season.”

 

Mulzer Supports Global Giveback – Feed My Starving Children

Santa Claus, IN – October 4, 2019 – Volunteers from Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc., A CRH Company, joined with 600 other volunteers to pack over 147,000 meals for needy children around the world through Feed My Starving Children, a global world relief organization focused on children’s nutrition in third-world countries, the last weekend of September at Santa Claus United Methodist Church.

As a corporate sponsor of the Santa Claus, Indiana, MobilePack Event, Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. donated funds to purchase over 2,200 meals, in addition to sending eleven volunteers to help pack boxes at the church.

Feed My Starving Children – based in Coon Rapids, Michigan – hosts MobilePack events throughout the country where volunteers pack and palletize meals for distribution around the globe.  Each MobilePack site, in this case Santa Claus United Methodist Church, is responsible for raising the funds to purchase the ingredients the volunteers pack in meal boxes.

“Mulzer Companies has a long tradition of giving back to the communities we live and operate in and Feed My Starving Children is an organization and event that our employees and their families wanted to be a part of,” commented Ken Mulzer, Jr., President at Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. “We were proud to sponsor the event and even prouder to support the employees who volunteered to help pack meals in their free time.”  Eleven volunteers from the company, along with family members, attended packing sessions at the church during the MobilePack event.  “Not only was this event an opportunity to positively impact the lives of children all over the world, it was a fun, rewarding experience I was happy to share with my co-workers,” remarked Gloria Allen, HR Director at Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc.

Feed My Starving Children is a Christian nonprofit dedicated to providing nutritious meals to children worldwide.  More than 1.3 Million volunteers packed nearly 365 Million FMSC meals in 2018.

 

 

IMMEP Scholarship Applications Due March 31, 2019

The Indiana Mining & Mineral Education Program (IMMEP) believes that education is an important part of being successful in a life-long career. IMMEP wants to help students interested in mining related careers achieve educational goals without financial road blocks.  Aiding in this program objective, IMMEP will be awarding up to six (6) $2,500 scholarships this spring.

The purpose of the IMMEP Scholarship Program is twofold, (1) Strengthen the Indiana aggregates industry by promoting careers in the industry and supporting education of individuals seeking a career in the aggregates industry, and (2) Establish relationships with institutions of higher learning providing education supporting careers in the aggregates industry.

IMMEP is currently accepting applications online at www.immep.org.  The application deadline is March 31, 2019.  Applications must be submitted online through the web form at www.immep.org.