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.”