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.

Years of Service Recognition List for 2020/2021

Congratulations to the following employees who are celebrating a Years of Service Anniversary from 2020 and 2021 with Mulzer Family of Companies!  We look forward to recognizing each employee at the Family Picnics this June.

*Please Note: A list with full names will be posted at all locations.

5 Years of Service

B. Allen B. Ash J. Ashby D. Ball B. Beaven T. Begle
L. Bentley R. Boehm T. Boone D. Breeden M. Brown S. Cochran
N. Conrad D. Curtis J. Daily K. Dame S. Devillez R. Edwards
J. Eschbacher B. Foster C. Foye R. Gogel J. Goldsberry B. Green
C. Green D. Haley D. Hall J. Harris D. Hatfield R. Henry
J. Hobson D. Holder T. Jackson J. Jones E. Keck A. Kemp
N. Korte S. LaCroix J. Majors S. Memmer M. Mislan J. Montgomery
J. Oliver M. Parks L. Percifield G. Perkins B. Pittman C. Rose
K. Ross J. Seipert J. Sorrels J. Stofleth T. Stout C. Vanover
B. Williams

10 Years of Service

K. Chapman J. Dickey K. Eschbacher T. Hollen R. Kemp H. Lashley
D. Lucas M. McDonald K. Medlock M. Polk K. Selby H. Snider
C. Stroud R. Stroud L. Tabor C. Taylor M. Ware B. Williams

15 Years of Service

M. Abbott J. Aders C. Barrow J. Beckort J. Berg E. Bickett
D. Bowling S. Colin J. Conrad K. Emily R. Graef G. Hagedorn
D. Hall L. Hildenbrand R. King K. Kratzer P. Laswell D. Malone
D. McManaway J. Mousty T.  Parr J. Peter R. Rickenbaugh J. Robarge
J. Rogier M. Roll B. Rucker

20 Years of Service

K. Blocker J. Bratton M. Bunner J. Connor R. Dupont E. Ellis
C. Gehlhausen P. Graves J. Hagedorn J. Hall C. Harris J. Hasenour
A. Hawker M. Kelly J. Overton J. Richmer S. Taylor S. Voegerl
R. Walton R. Wydicks

25 Years of Service

D. Briggeman J. Brooks D. Buchanan K. Dupont K. Hall J. Hollcroft
C. Hubert R. Humphrey R. Kelly P. Pitt L. Smith C. Stone
P. Sweeney H. Winfield T. Wiseman

30 Years of Service

T. Anderson D. Bean C. Greene F. Haley

35 Years of Service

J. Allinger W. Basham R. Etienne M. Hall R. Lingerfelt A. Myers

40 Years of Service

G. Allen D. Campbell T. Clutinger T. Flamion F. Loughran B. Peter
D. Pitt J. Roberts

45 Years of Service

R. Wittman

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!

2020: A Year of Giving

Throughout a year of unprecedented uncertainties, one thing remained the same at Mulzer Family of Companies: Our commitment to giving back to the communities we live and operate in.   A few of the major Community Involvement Milestones we are extremely proud of from 2020 included:

  • A $20,280 donation to Perry Co. Indiana Habitat for Humanity raised during our 2nd Annual Helping Habitat Virtual Golf Outing.
  • Lincoln Hills Development Corporation (LHDC) named us – “2020 Community Partner of the Year”.
  • Major sponsor of Keep Evansville Beautiful’s 2nd Annual Russ Woosley Memorial Golf Outing.
  • Holiday food donations to serve families in Spencer & Crawford County through LHDC and N. Spencer Community Action Center.
  • Significant support as a Community Partner with Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana.

J.H. Rudolph Receives APAI Asphalt Award

The Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana announced today that J.H. Rudolph & Co., Inc., A CRH Company, has received a Quality Pavement Award for the 2020 resurfacing project on Folsomville Degonia and N 225 E Roads in Warrick County, Indiana.  Crews placed over 12,000 tons of asphalt over the summer, in exorbitantly high temperatures, creating an award winning, smooth ride in the county.

APAI chooses only a handful of projects, in several different categories, throughout the State of Indiana to recognize each year.  “We are proud to announce that our Folsomville Degonia and N 225 E Roads project was one of the select few in 2020.  This award is a testament to the fine paving, quality asphalt and amazing support our crews, plant personnel, truck drivers and administrative staff provide on every project, especially this one,” commented Vice President Chad Hubert.

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.

IRMCA presents Ken Mulzer, Sr. with the E.B. Rayburn, Jr. Award

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association (IRMCA) presented Ken Mulzer, Sr., Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc., with its prestigious 2018 E.B. Rayburn, Jr. Award. The award was established to recognize outstanding leadership and innovation in marketing efforts in the ready mixed concrete industry in Indiana and was presented during the recent 2018 IRMCA Short Course Program.

Ken Mulzer, Jr. poses with his father, Ken Mulzer, Sr. after receiving the E.B. Rayburn, Jr. Award.

Ken Mulzer, Sr. is a retired construction materials executive who, alongside his four siblings, helped grow the family aggregate business into an industry powerhouse in the production of crushed stone, sand and gravel, including concrete and asphalt services. The family business got its start in 1935 when his father Arnold and uncles Edgar and Roland formed Mulzer Brothers, a small construction firm. In 1978, the company, led by Arnold, transformed into what is known today as Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc.

Mulzer Sr. began his career at a young age doing odd jobs around the quarries and concrete plant. He went on to graduate from Valparaiso University with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Geology before returning home to join the family business. Over the years, Ken has been a staunch advocate for the construction materials industry on the local, state and national levels, he has served as Chairman of the Board of the National Sand, Stone & Gravel Association, been a past President of the Indiana Mineral Aggregates Association, and has held numerous leadership roles in industry and community organizations near and far from his home in Santa Claus, Indiana, which he shares with his wife of 50 years, Andrea (Dee).

“The company and I are extremely proud of my father and the role that he has played in moving the concrete industry forward over the years,” commented Ken Mulzer, Jr., President of Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc.   “His intuition and foresight of the ever-changing business landscape proved invaluable to our firm and countless others throughout the state.”

The Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association (IRMCA) supports and promotes the use of high quality Portland cement concrete in pavements, parking lots, structures and residential construction. The IRMCA provides technical and informational support for its members and their clients. For additional information contact Jerry Larson, executive director, at (317) 733-1902 or see: www.irmca.com.

 

Mulzer Offers FREE Sand to Residents Fighting Flood Waters

Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. will offer free sand to the public beginning immediately at our Henderson, Kentucky; Griffin, Mt. Vernon, Evansville, Newburgh, Rockport and Tell City, Indiana locations to aid in flood control. Residents will need to contact their local or county Emergency Management Agency to obtain unfilled sandbags and bring shovels to fill them.

Posey County EMA – (812)838-1333
Evansville EMA – (812)421-6204
Henderson, KY EMA – Pick up sandbags at Henderson Co. Road Dept. on Sam Ball Way.
Warrick County EMA – (812)897-6178
Spencer County EMA – (812)649-6020
Perry County EMA – (812)547-4426

Sand will be available at each location 24 hours a day and signs will be posted providing directions to the sand piles after hours.

MCS Griffin Pit is located at 300 Mulzer Lane, Griffin IN 47616
MCS Mt. Vernon Depot is located at 10700 IN-69, Mt. Vernon, IN 47620
MCS Evansville Depot is located at 900 NW Riverside Dr., Evansville, IN 47734
MCS Henderson, KY Depot is located at 2351 Old Geneva Road, Henderson, KY 42420
MCS Newburgh Depot is located at 9511 State Road 662, Newburgh, IN 47630
MCS Rockport Depot is located at 411 Washington St., Rockport, IN 47635
MCS Tell City Depot is located on Lafayette Street in Tell City, IN 47586

Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. Hits Million Hour Safety Mark

Mulzer Crushed Stone announced today that employees have completed 1.4 Million work hours without incurring an occupational injury or illness that resulted in days away from work or death.  “This momentous milestone is being celebrated company-wide and is a testament to the safety driven goals put in place by our management and executed by our entire team, making Mulzer Crushed Stone Safety a way of life,” commented President Ken Mulzer, Jr.

Creating a culture of safety with milestone results in a construction materials business is not always an easy road to navigate, but Mulzer Crushed Stone has a team of Safety Professionals who are known around the workplace for creating fun, innovative programs and techniques to train and educate employees on all things safety.  For example, our Team has found that a little competition can go a long way in classroom training over topics that can often be somewhat lackluster.  Who doesn’t love a good video game or quiz contest against your co-workers?

Other unique aspects to the Safety Program include designated equipment specific training employees who instruct, monitor and test new employees to verify that they are ready to work independently.

“If you think about it, quarry, asphalt and concrete operations can be highly dangerous work for a multitude of reasons, but our employees take the topic serious and make safety priority #1,” Mulzer, Jr. added.  “They don’t get complacent. We have 1.4 Million hours of zero lost time to prove it and we congratulate each and every one of them on this significant achievement.”

To further illustrate the 100% safety culture mindset, employees have been encouraged to share their safe practices in action via social media with the #MulzerSafetyMillion.

South Perry Headstart Visit to Tower Quarry

Students from South Perry Headstart Preschool visited us last week on one of the coldest days of the Spring season so far. The rain stayed away and the kids had a great time learning about what we do at Tower Quarry and seeing some of our equipment up-close. Each student also left with a new friend, their very own Pet Rock.

IMMEP Scholarship Applications Due March 31, 2017

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, 2017.  Applications must be submitted online through the web form at www.immep.org.

 

Gengelbach Named 2017-18 AEMP Chairman

The following article by G.C. Skipper was featured in the Spring 2017 edition of Equipment Manager, the Official Publication of the Association of Equipment Management Professionals. 

Don Gengelbach’s career that led to his earning a CEM and, most recently, being named AEMP’s chairman for 2017, started when he was a youngster working as a farm hand in Indiana.

As he begins his term as AEMP chairman, Gengelbach also continues his responsibilities as equipment manager for Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. (MCS), a company headquartered in Tell City, Ind.  During his 35 years there, he has expanded, improved, and developed the different skills required to succeed with each of his promotions.  He started at MCS as a welder unti la diesel mechanic position became open.  After that, he became a quarry production supervisor, and then assumed the responsibilities of fleet manager for the company.

With MCS, he has learned how to recruit new talent, and, more importantly perhaps, he learned where to find the skills required from his early days of working in the shop.

“Although technicians were plentiful in 2000, MCS had already established a program to find future employees,” Gengelbach says.  “They dipped into a pool of candidates who wanted not just a job, but a career.  The recruitment program, which was set up prior to 2000, works closely with area local educators to get high schoolers introduced to the company’s maintenance operation.

“We evaluate the students and help them through school by setting up a scholarship program to help them through their educational process,” Gengelbach says. “When they graduated, we hired them.”

In recent years, MCS has expanded the program to include welders and electricians.  Gengelbach says the company is also communicating with more age groups.

It’s not surprising, then, that the focus of his incoming AEMP tenure reaches across three fronts.

“I want to continue with a strategic plan that focuses on safety, technology, and workforce developement, wiht a little bit more emphasis on developing the workforce.  All three of my priorities flow into the very reason why AEMP was formed – namely, education.  Right from the beginning, education was one of the most important drivers behind creating the association,” he says.

Noting that the existing Workforce Development Committee, which is only one year old, “is off to a great start” communicating with training centers, trade schools, and community colleges to encourage students to look beyond today’s obvious career paths, he would like to see it develop a structured career path.  He says more and more graduates will discover career choices that they might not know about in the heavy equipment industry.

Gengelbach, who served on the Online Education Committee, intends to push forward with aggressive efforts to get more AEMP members involved in committees.

Career-wise, he knows firsthand what the industry has to offer.  After high school, he enrolled in a trade school to learn to be a diesel mechanic.  his experience and background repairing farm equipment proved to be a strong foundation to build on, Gengelbach says.

His first supervisory role at MCS came during the late 1980s when he left “mechanic row” and moved to a new quarry that MCS had acquired.  That meant a location change, but he didn’t hesitate.  He moved about 90 miles from Perry County, Ind., to Clark County, Ind.

“that put me into a position to become production supervisor of that quarry,” he says.  Immediately, Gengelbach, with others, tackled major modifications to the quarry itself, making sure the new facility lived up to MCS’s standards.

It was toward the end of the modification process that he was asked to become the quarry’s product supervisor.  In 2000, he was offered an opportunity to move back into maintenance. He accepted, knowing he had to learn yet another set of additional skills to handle the duties of equipment manager.

But to succeed in his climb up the career ladder meant much more than simply on-the-job training.  MCS, he says, has always encouraged its maintenance employees to become active participants at the community, regional, and national levels by joining associations and groups that could help them improve and better understand their jobs, among other things.  “The company is a strong supporter of AEMP,” he says.

He heard about AEMP through a former MCS manger and started attending local chapter meetings.  Impressed with the group and how it could impact his career in a positive way, he became an AEMP member in 2005-2006.

“I made that decision based on my desire to learn and grow in the industry,” he says, “as well as furthering my education on how to better manage fleets.”

Among the benefits that AEMP membership has given him is how to use his own experience, combined with intense study and preparation, to become an AEMP Certified Equipment Manager.  Another comes from attending the conferences, where attendees are taught ways to do the job more efficiently and ideas are suggested for consideration to help make the job easier and more professional.  That not only is true for the meetings, panel discussions, and sessions themselves, but also for the meaningful takeaways from discussions with other members.

Despite the wide spectrum of challenges, Gengelbach says he has found solutions that he can apply to his own operation.

“The first thing that comes to mind is that we all have to manage life cycles,” he says.  “Also, we all use technology to identify the different types of equipment in our fleets.  Everyone, for example, has to set up budgets and make decision on whether to keep equipment or replace it.

“In my situation, I think my job is easier.  Ninety-nine percent of the time I know where my equipment is.  Unlike big fleets, for instance, I don’t have to worry about tracking and locating equipment all over the United States.  I would think huge global organizations have a bigger challenge tracking their equipment and identifying what country it’s in.  In certain ways, I don’t have that headache.”

With rapidly changing developments in each of the three fronts, he feels that sticking with AEMP’s founding principle-education-is the best approach when dealing with things to come. EM

HB 1002 Moves to Indiana Senate

We would like to thank the Indiana State House of Representatives for their bold plan to improve Indiana’s Interstates, bridges, roads and streets.  Increased state and local funding will improve the lives of every Hoosier and keep Indiana the Crossroads of America.

As House Bill 1002 moves to the Indiana Senate, we hope that its fair, user pays based approach continues to get support and the bill is able to move to the Governor for his signature.  Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. would like to extend a genuine thank you to all the Area Representatives who supported this bill and have put Indiana’s drivers and truckers at the top of their agenda.

Click on the link below to read more about Governor Holcomb’s comments during the Build Indiana Road Funding Day Event that took place in Indianapolis last Tuesday. Take a look at the video to gain a better understanding of the gas tax.

Holcomb speaks at Build Indiana Road Funding Day event

 

 

Project Highlight: IU School of Medicine – Evansville

Evansville, Indiana – Downtown Evansville has been buzzing with the sounds of construction, notably on 5th Street at the site of the future IU School of Medicine – Evansville. Beneath the towering steel beams recently set on the site, a considerable amount of crushed limestone from our Crawford County, Indiana quarries can be found underneath and in the surrounding areas. We are looking forward to seeing the facility come to life in its journey towards completion, expected at the end of this year.  There are many exciting things going on in Downtown Evansville and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.

Steel is up on the IU Medical Center Evansville.

Peters Named “Miner of the Year” by IMAA

Brian Peters, 2016 Miner of the Year

Indiana Mineral Aggregates Association (IMAA) has named Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. Environmental Health & Safety Director Brian Peters the organization’s 2016 Miner of the Year.

Nominations for the “Miner of the Year” Award come from Indiana Mineral Aggregates Association members. Individuals nominated for the award exemplify the very best in their profession and continually bring credit to the industry and their community.  Selection criteria for this award include significant contributions to the aggregates industry by providing a safe working environment; being innovative in problem solving; demonstrating a concern for the environment; and contributing to the betterment of their local community.

Congratulations to Brian on receiving this prestigious commendation and the efforts he has dedicated to help create a safe working environment at our company, his continuous concern for the environment we live and operate in and the countless hours he and his family devote to the prosperity of their local community.

Healthy Holiday Challenge starts December 11

Jump start your exercise and nutrition goals by participating in this 4 week contest!

 

Contest runs December 11 through January 7.

 

Participants will be required to:

 

 Exercise 30 minutes at least 5 days (or more) each week, and

 Eat at least 5 fruits and/or vegetables on those same 5 days (or more) each week.

 Enter your data on the Wellness Website by January 23rd (log sheets accepted).

 

*All employees and spouses are eligible to participate.

 

Make it your goal to Maintain – Not Gain weight over the holidays!

 

Prizes will be drawn at Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. during the Annual Safety Meetings in March, and in February for Shamblin Stone, Inc.

 

Mulzer prizes include:

2 – $500 Visa Gift Cards, 6 – $100 Bass Pro Gift Cards, 6 – $100 Gander Mt. Gift Cards,

6 – $100 Academy Sports Gift Cards, 6 – $100 Wal-Mart Gift Cards, 20 – $50 Mulzer Bucks, and

8 – Health Premiums for 6 Pays!

 

Shamblin prizes include:

1 – $500 Visa Gift Card, 1 – $75 Cabela’s Gift Card, 1 – $75 Gander Mt. Gift Card,

1 – $75 Wal-Mart Gift Card, and 1 – Health Premium for 6 Pays!

 

Don’t pass this up this chance to win prizes and maintain-not gain over the holidays!

 

Healthy Holiday Challenge Form

Five Star Level of AchieveWELL Recognition for Wellness Program

Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. received the Five Star AchieveWELL recognition from the Wellness Council of Indiana at the 2016 Indiana Health & Wellness Summit recently held in Indianapolis, Indiana.  “Our Wellness Team worked very hard to earn this recognition,” commented Wellness Committee Chair Shari Everly.  Everly and three employee members of the Wellness Team were in attendance to receive the award, Stewart Colin, Chad Lewis and Brandon Hundley.

MCS Employees (from left to right) Stewart Colin, Chad Lewis, Brandon Hundley, and Shari Everly accept the AchieveWELL Award in Indianapolis.

MCS Employees (from left to right) Stewart Colin, Chad Lewis, Brandon Hundley, and Shari Everly accept the AchieveWELL Award in Indianapolis.

The Wellness Council of Indiana established the Five Star level of AchieveWELL to recognize elite organizations in Indiana that have made employee well-being a priority in the workplace. These organizations have experienced noteworthy growth in the evolution of their wellness initiative and embrace it as part of the business strategy. AchieveWELL is an award-winning, proven strategic process that provides a road map to the destination of a well workplace and recognizes excellence in the field of health promotion.

Wellness 5k Walk/Run – October 1 at Ray Yellig Memorial Park in Santa Claus

The Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. Wellness 5k Walk/Run is scheduled for Saturday, October 1 at Ray Yellig Memorial Park in Santa Claus, Indiana.  All employees and their families are invited to participate in the event, which begins at 7:45 am (CST).  All race participants will receive an event t-shirt, and enjoy water, fruit and random prize drawings at the end of the event.  Sign up by September 24. Brochures are available at each location.

 

Click here for more race details.