Safety Director Bunner Published in ASSE’s June Publication of Professional Safety

Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. Safety Director Matt Bunner recently wrote an article on best practices when working on or near water that was published in the American Society of Safety Engineers’ June publication of Professional Safety.

Matt’s article details important water safety topics the company covers with all river employees and provides tips to help industry peers create an effective water safety program of their own.

Way to go Matt!

Check it out at http://www.asse.org/assets/1/7/BP_0716.pdf.

Win Tickets to see Dirty Deeds USA: The Ultimate AC/DC Experience on June 25

Attention Employees: Want to win 10 tickets to see the Dirty Deeds USA: The Ultimate AC/DC Experience on June 25?

Our next employee Facebook photo contest for Lincoln Amphitheater Concert Series tickets starts now and runs until Wednesday, June 22 at 6pm (CST) / 7pm (EST). Post any photo related to Mulzer Crushed Stone and the image with the most likes by the end of the contest will win 10 tickets to see a Rockin’ show sponsored by Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc.

Happy Posting!

Cigna Recognizes Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. for Commitment to Employee Health and Wellness

Cigna has selected Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. as a winner of the annual Cigna Well-Being Regional Award for demonstrating a strong commitment to improving the health and wellness of its employees through a workplace wellness program.

 

“Recognizing that people perform their best when they are healthy, and that exceptional performance is necessary for the company to be the leader in its industry, Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. is a “live-well” family business, that aims to improve family health and well-being.” – Mulzer Crushed Stone leadership

 

“At Mulzer Crushed Stone, employee health is a top priority and we are honored to be selected as a winner of the Cigna Well-Being Award,” said Jeff Mulzer, VP of Administration. “We know healthy employees are happier, more productive and better engaged with their work, which is good for the entire company.”

 

“Cigna has always been a leader in driving health improvement in the workplace and we are committed to recognizing companies like Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. who are passionate about investing in a culture of health,” said Mike Phillips, President Midwest. “Workplace wellness is becoming an industry-wide priority and many employers have experienced a reduction in health care costs as a result of health and wellness initiatives.”

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. employers lose more than $225 billion each year in productivity due to employee health problems. Cigna created the Well-Being Award to recognize employer clients that have a positive impact on the health and well-being of their workforce.

 

Applicants are evaluated based on the core components of their wellness program, including the goals, implementation, incentives, leadership engagement and employee participation. All applications are reviewed and judged by an internal, multi-departmental review committee from Cigna.

 

June is Open Enrollment for Insurance Benefits

The month of June is open enrollment at the Mulzer Companies for the group benefits listed below.  This annual open enrollment is for adding, dropping, or changing plan coverage on employees and/or eligible dependents without a qualifying event.  All changes made will become effective on July 1, 2016.  Anyone interested in enrolling or making any changes must contact Shari Everly at 812-547-1400 or 877-699-5627, ext. 50156 or email sharieverly@mulzer.com.   Enrollment forms must be received by 6/30/2016. 

  • Medical Plan
  • Dental Plan
  • Vision Plan
  • Voluntary Life Insurance Plan  – Employees and spouses can increase coverage by $10,000 up to the Guaranteed Issue amounts of $200,000 for employees and $30,000 for spouses – for existing policies only.  New applicants must complete a health statement for coverage approval by Aetna.

Employees Can Win Tickets to Lincoln Amphitheater Concert Series Shows!

Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. is a proud 2016 Lincoln Amphitheater Concert Series Sponsor this year. In celebration of this treasured venue and the concerts lined up for the summer season, we will be doing a series of themed photo contests and awarding 10 tickets per show to the most liked ‘themed’ photo posted by an employee during a specified time period.

Our first contest is themed “Friends in Low Places”. To enter, take a photo of your friends & co-workers (with their permission) in any Mulzer facility between now and Wednesday, June 1 at 4pm (CST) / 5pm (EST). The photo with the most likes will receive 10 tickets to The Ultimate Garth Brooks Tribute featuring Shawn Gerhard at the Amphitheater on Saturday, June 4 at 4:30 pm (CST) / 5:30 pm (EST).

Want to win 10 tickets to see Cracker on June 10?

Our next employee photo contest for Lincoln Amphitheater Concert Series tickets starts now and runs until Tuesday, June 7 at 4pm (CST) / 5pm (EST). We’re looking for your best HARD ROCK pictures – specifically, photos of our products in use. These photos can be of roads, buildings, landscaping, river banks – anything that contains Mulzer Crushed Stone, Sand or Gravel (we’ll accept Ag-Lime & Rip-Rap too…any of our products!) 🙂 The photo with the most likes by the end of the contest will receive the 10 tickets to see Cracker.

Visit the Amphitheater’s website for a full list of upcoming shows and stay tuned for more contests!

Good Luck!

30 Days of Healthy Habits Challenge Winners Announced

Congratulations to the following employees for winning the 30 Days of Healthy Habits Challenge.

Joshua Davis – Lineboat
Wenona Fosselman – Cape Sandy
Jennifer McNeill – New Amsterdam
John Richmer – Cape Sandy
Joyce Rickenbaugh – Spouse of Victor Rickenbaugh – Temple
Chris Roark – Electric Shop
Casey Schulthise – Tell City Concrete
Jason Stricker – Charlestown
Joshua Waninger – Evansville

Everyone who successfully completed the challenge was entered into the prize drawing. Each winner will receive a $50 gift certificate from Bass Pro Shops, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Home Depot, Kohls or Wal-Mart.

Thank you to everyone who participated.  Please continue your healthy habits!

Peters Receives Steward of the Environment Award

IMG_8744Congratulations to Brian Peters, E&S Director at Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc., for receiving the James E. Burch “Steward of the Environment Award” earlier this week related to an environmental project at our Cape Sandy Quarry in Leavenworth, Indiana.

“Brian truly practices what he preaches, and is deserving of this award based on his professional and personal dedication to the environment in all aspects of life,” commented MCS Safety Manager Matt Bunner. Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. and Bunner nominated Peters for the award at the completion of the project.

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Dereck Zehr Named IMAA 2015 Trucker of the Year

Materials Transport employee Dereck Zehr was named IMAA’s 2015 Trucker of the Year Award presented last month at the Indiana Mineral Aggregates Association Annual Meeting.  This award was established to recognize outstanding service to the aggregates industry by a driver for an aggregate trucking company. As a respected and responsible leader in the trucking industry, this individual’s achievements in customer service, driving safety, vehicle maintenance and community involvement deserve special recognition. Truckers nominated for this award exemplify the very best in their profession.

Dereck began his career with Materials Transport in June of 2007. Having grown up on a farm and working with farm equipment, he decided that he wanted to drive a truck for a living. He was hired to drive a tri-axle at the Maltersville location and soon became one of the most dependable and skilled drivers.

Dereck is very safety oriented. He is a certified Master Driver by the Indiana Motor Truck Association. This honor requires that he have 10 years of accident free driving along with having gone at least 3 years without a DOT violation as well as a record of community service. Since coming to Materials Transport, he has never had an accident or DOT violation. He maintains one of the cleanest & best maintained vehicles in the fleet. Along with his driving skills, he has been helping as a mechanic as well. On a daily basis, he makes sure that other trucks are ready to go before jumping in his to begin his deliveries. Because of these skills and his willingness to help, he has become a part of the new truck purchase team. This team advises the company on proper equipment purchases that will benefit the company and drivers.

Dereck never has customer complaints and is involved with his community to help others with mechanical problems and other projects. He was also involved with little league baseball programs when his son was growing up. Congratulations Dereck Zehr, 2015 Trucker of the Year Award!

 

Matt Bunner - NSSGA Safety Professional of the Year

Matt Bunner Named Health & Safety Professional of the Year by NSSGA

Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. Safety Manager, Matt Bunner, has been named the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association’s 2015 James M. Christie Safety & Health Professional of the Year. NSSGA is the leading national advocate for the aggregates industry and the award recognizes an individual for substantial contributions and commitment to safe and healthy operating practices within his or her company and the industry.

According to NSSGA, Bunner’s achievements in developing an aggressive safety audit program enabling Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. to significantly reduce hazards was one factor in naming him the 2016 award recipient. He also developed compelling training materials that increased the support for safety training among workers and management. Bunner has taken a lead in presenting operator perspectives on compliance to MSHA senior leaders during the agency’s stakeholder outreach tours, and has continually sought to make the company’s operations safer and healthier. It was also noted that Bunner’s efforts have helped to substantially reduce Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc.’s workman’s compensation rates.

“It doesn’t matter if Matt is on the job or off, safety is always at the forefront of his mind,” said Brian Peters, Environmental Health & Safety Manager at Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc.  “I’ve never met anyone more passionate about safety than Matt.”

Bunner, a Certified Mine Safety Professional, is an active member of NSSGA’s Safety and Health Committee, which develops and implements best practices for safety and health and urges MSHA to focus regulatory and enforcement resources on areas of greatest risk. He is also a two-term chair of the Indiana Mineral Aggregate Association’s (IMAA’s) Safety Committee, and previously received the IMAA’s President’s Award for distinguished service.

“Matt has made a substantial impact on safety and health throughout the entire United States,” said NSSGA President and CEO Michael W. Johnson. “Advocacy is Job No. 1 for NSSGA, but truly safety is job No. 1 for aggregates operations around the country. Matt’s diligent work and achievements clearly illustrate our industry’s commitment to working to reduce injuries in support of NSSGA’s guiding principles of optimal workplace safety and health.”

The James M. Christie Safety and Health Professional of the Year award was created in 1987 by the National Stone Association (NSA) in recognition of Jim Christie, the corporate safety director for Vulcan Materials Company, after his death. Christie was an industry leader who, in the early 1980s, challenged a young MSHA agency to focus regulations on the safety practices of manager and worker behavior, and not strictly on a facility’s conditions. NSSGA continued this tradition when NSA later merged with the National Aggregates Association.

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Allen Thewes: Living Out the Mulzer Values Statement, On & Off the Job

Material’s Transport truck driver Allen Thewes is a prime example of living out the Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. Values Statement: Family, Team, Customers, Community.  Thewes was honored with the 2015 Celestine Park Distinguished Service Award earlier this month, in front of family and friends, in a ceremony following Mass at St. Celestine Catholic Church, where Thewes is a lifelong member.

Thewes credits winning the award to simply helping out where he’s needed. St. Celestine parishioners told DC Herald Reporter Wyatt Stayner, “Thewes goes to just about every church event there is and the list of clubs he belongs to serves as evidence of his dedication to giving back.”

Thewes is a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul, Celestine Community Club, where he’s helped with shooting matches, as well as a member of Celestine Park. Thewes also assisted at some fundraisers for the town’s upcoming 175th birthday in 2018.  Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. President Ken Mulzer, Jr. congratulated Thewes on receiving this well-deserved award.  “Recognition for Allen’s hard work and dedication to his community is a perfect example of a Mulzer Employee living out Mulzer Values,” commented Mulzer.

“I like to be around people and help out,” Thewes told Reporter Stayner. “It’s a small town. Everybody pitches in a bit. It doesn’t seem like a job.”

Healthy Holiday Challenge: Dec. 13 – Jan. 9

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

Contest runs December 13 through January 9.

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!

Log sheets will be distributed in December.

Healthy Holiday Challenge Details

MCS Receives 4-Star AchieveWELL Certification

Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. is excited to announce we’ve recently received a 4-Star AchieveWELL certification from the Wellness Council of Indiana! We’re proud of the corporate culture we created that encourages and supports employee health. The 4-Star level signifies that Mulzer has achieved a set of standards for our successful worksite wellness program and recognizes excellence in the field of health promotion. This is a significant achievement and is made possible by involvement of the Mulzer Wellness Committee.

Annual On-site Employee Flu Vaccinations

The annual on-site employee flu vaccinations have been scheduled at the Mulzer Companies.  Employees that have signed up for their flu shot – please be present at your location on the assigned date and time.  Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death.

Tell City area – Tuesday, Oct. 13th beginning at 6:00 a.m. at Tell City Concrete, then to the office basement.

Shamblin Stone, Inc. – Thursday, Oct. 22nd at 5:30 a.m. at the Dunbar Office.

Rockport/Boats/Dredge – Monday, Oct. 19th at 6:00 a.m. at Rockport.

Newburgh (includes Weinbach) – Tuesday, Oct. 20th at 6:00 a.m. at Newburgh.

Evansville (includes Griffin, Mt. Vernon & Henderson) – Wednesday, Oct. 21st at 6:30 a.m. at Evansville.

Quarries – Wednesday, Oct. 21st beginning at 6:00 a.m. at Charlestown, then the usual route, ending with Cape Sandy night shift.

As a reminder, the Cigna Health Plan pays all vaccinations at 100% at Cigna participating providers, including some major pharmacies (CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid) for anyone on the health plan.

Water Wellness Winners Announced

The 2015 Water Wellness Drawing Winners are:

  • James Armstrong (Cape Sandy)
  • Heather Cross (Spouse of Andy Cross, Rockport)
  • Mike Hensley (Henderson)
  • Rodney Humphrey (Temple)

These winners will get to choose between a $125 gift certificate from Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park & Resort in French Lick, Indiana (open year round) or the Evansville Icemen!

Everyone who entered their contest information on our wellness website were entered into a drawing for two $25 Rural King gift certificates.  The two winners were:

  • Mark Claise (Tell City Shop)
  • Don Linnemann (Griffin)

The Mulzer Wellness Initiative 5k Walk & Run is October 3

Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. will be hosting their annual 5K Trail Walk/Run event for employees and families on Saturday, Oct. 3rd on the scenic French Island/Rivertown Trail in Newburgh, IN.  This event is being sponsored by the Mulzer Wellness Initiative.  The walk will start at the Newburgh Lock and Dam parking lot off of Hwy. 66 and head west on the French Island Trail along the Ohio River, passing the entry to the Indian Hill Overlook Park which is believed to have been a native American campsite once full of arrowheads and other artifacts!

Everyone will receive a FREE T-shirt just for participating!  For more information on the 5K event or to register, please take a look at the information at the links below.

5k Trail Walk Oct 3 2015

5k Trail Walk Registration Form

 

Water Wellness Campaign Begins August 1

The annual Water Wellness health campaign will be held August 1 – August 28th.  This program is designed to encourage participants (employees & spouses) to increase their water intake and to promote hydration year around.

Keep track of your daily water intake in August and enter your ounces on the Wellness Website.  Two winners of a $25 Rural King gift card will be drawn from all the Wellness Website entries. If you do not have internet access, a paper log sheet will be accepted.  Drinking 64 fluid ounces 5 days per week will qualify you for the prize drawing and you must drink a minimum of 48 fluid ounces every day to successfully complete the program.  Only pure water, 100% fruit juice or vegetable juice and zero calorie caffeine free flavored water can be accumulated for the daily total fluid ounces.

Water Pouring into BottleMulzer participants that drink a minimum of 64 fluid ounces 5 days a week; 48 ounces on the remaining days, will be eligible for the drawing to win one of four $125 gift certificates from either Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park & Resort in French Lick, Indiana (open year round) or Evansville Icemen Tickets!  Shamblin participants that qualify will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $125 Cabela’s or Gander Mountain gift card. 

Successful completion of this contest will put you at the half-way point of qualifying for a trip in the Grand Finale Health Contest Drawing to be held next April.

If you failed to successfully complete Healthy Hike for your premium discount you may qualify for the premium discount by successfully completing this program. Drink up and be healthy!

Mulzer Fishing Tournament Saturday, June 27

MULZER FISHING TOURNAMENT

When: June 27, 2015

Where: Blue River @ Alton Bridge

Time: 6:30am until 12:30pm EST

Tournament Rules

 Entry Fee: $25.00 per Boat

At Least One Mulzer or JHR Employee per boat

 

For more details, click here.

Mulzer Referral Incentive Award is Expanding

 

In an effort to recruit the best employees for Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc.,  we’re expanding our Employee Referral Incentive Award Program*.  Effective immediately, current employees will now have two incentive award options if your referral is hired and you qualify for the program.   You will now be able to choose from a $100 Visa card or a ½ day paid time off reward**.

As a review, our current Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. Employee Referral Incentive Award Program is outlined below.

  • To be eligible for a Mulzer Referral Incentive Award, the referral must be submitted to Human Resources and must include an Applicant Referral Form.
  • The employee referring an applicant must be an active, regular, full-time employee on Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc.’s payroll to receive the award.
  • The applicant must be currently employed.  The incentive is not available for unemployed applicants or recent graduates.
  • The applicant is hired to fill a regular, full-time open position.
  • If duplicate referrals are received for the same applicant, the first employee to submit the referral to Human Resources will be eligible for the award.
  • The award will be granted after the applicant is hired.
*The Expanded Employee Referral Incentive Program is effective June 1, 2015 through September 30, 2015. We reserve the right to revise or cancel the program at any time. **Depending on your work schedule, your ½ day may be hours totaling 4, 5, 6 etc.  All other program guidelines apply.  

Family Picnics Right Around the Corner

The 2015 Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. Family Picnics are right around the corner!  We’re excited to be celebrating 80 years of Building the Ohio Valley with our employees and their families and are looking forward to fun in the sun on Saturday, June 6th (Quarries) and Saturday, June 13th (Tell City & Down River) at the Mulzer Camp in Troy.

To get the 80th celebration going, we invite you to take a few pictures or ‘selfies’ at the picnic and post them on our facebook page.  The employee who posted the picture with the most likes on June 22 will win $20 Mulzer Gear Dollars to spend in the Mulzer Gear Safety Incentive Program.

Hope to see everyone at the picnics!

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JUNE IS OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR INSURANCE BENEFITS

The month of June is open enrollment at the Mulzer Companies for the group benefits listed below.  This annual open enrollment is for adding, dropping, or changing plan coverage on employees and/or eligible dependents without a qualifying event.  All changes made will become effective on July 1, 2015.  Anyone interested in enrolling or making any changes must contact Shari Everly at 812-547-1400 or 877-699-5627, ext. 50156 or email sharieverly@mulzer.com.   Enrollment forms must be received by 6/30/2015. 

  • Medical Plan
  • Dental Plan
  • Vision Plan
  • Voluntary Life Insurance Plan  – Employees and spouses can increase coverage by $10,000 up to the Guaranteed Issue amount ($200,000 – employees; $30,000 spouses) for existing policies only.  New applicants must complete a health statement for coverage approval by Aetna.

Health Contest Drawing Grand Prize Winner Announced

Congratulations to MCS Employee Aaron Parker (Rockport) for winning the Grand Prize in the Health Contest Drawing. Aaron wins his choice of a two night stay at a beautiful cabin in French Lick, Indiana or two tickets to a Reds or Cardinals game with overnight accommodations. Congratulations Aaron!

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Healthy Hike is Returning this May!

hiking shoesGet your walking shoes ready! The Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. Healthy Hike walking contest will start on May 1st and run until May 28th.  Pedometers and log sheets for employees and spouses were provided at health screenings held earlier this year.

All employees and spouses are required to participate (successfully) in a minimum of one of the quarterly Health Action Campaigns to earn the discounted health insurance rate.  Healthy Hike is an important campaign as it is the one prior to the adjustment of premiums on July 1st.

You can submit proof of completion of a 5K, or greater, walk/run or an organized bicycle ride, in the months of April, May, or June in lieu of Healthy Hike to earn the discounted health insurance rate.

All Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc. Healthy Hike participants that earn the required points each week will qualify for the drawing of Holiday World tickets.  48 winners will be drawn and each will receive three (3) Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari admission tickets!  All Shamblin Stone, Inc. Healthy Hike participants that qualify will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 Wal-Mart gift card. Two winners will be drawn for Shamblin Stone, Inc.

So, track your number of steps each day by using the pedometer provided.  Reach the minimum points weekly for successful completion – or reach the required points for the prize drawing.

For your convenience, you can enter your steps on our Wellness Website.

Enjoy those steps in the warm May weather!