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Meet Your New Jersey Safety Teams
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JOHN COONEY JR, PRESIDENT, TILCON NEW YORK
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE The Tilcon Times is a publication of Tilcon New York Inc. Comments or suggestions? Let us know what you think. Contact us at email@example.com Tilcon New York Corporate Office 162 Old Mill Road West Nyack, NY 10994 845-358-4500 Tilcon New Jersey Administrative Offices 625 Mt. Hope Road Wharton, NJ 07885 973-366-7741
I hope you have all enjoyed a safe, fun and productive summer. As we enter the fall of 2011, the economy is at best sluggish and a political battle is raging in Washington over government spending and job creation. In addition, both Houses of Congress will be considering either another extension of SAFETEA LU (Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users) the federal highway bill that expired on September 30, 2009; or an entirely new federal highway bill. This issue is extremely important because: • Federal highway spending represents 45% of all spending on roads, bridges and highways nationally. • Federal highway spending is funded by an 18.5¢ gas tax that has been at the same level since 1993. • Inflation, along with more fuel efficient vehicles, has greatly diminished the impact of the 18.5¢ tax on our nation’s roadways. There are a number of members of the House of Representatives proposing a 30% cut to existing federal highway funding. A 30% cut in funding would be devastating to our industry and result in a substantial loss of jobs. Our message to Congress is simple: • The Highway Trust Fund is solvent enough to sustain an extension at current funding levels through the end of fiscal year 2012 with no deficit spending. • Extension of the federal highway program and funding it at existing levels is crucial until a long-term, robustly funded highway bill is enacted.
Cover: Mt. Hope Water Truck Photo by Hunter Selman.
Federal highway spending on roads, bridges and highways is an investment in the future of our country, creates jobs, and will help us compete in the world marketplace. It is important that each one of us be vocal and consistent on the need for increased highway funding. Please make it a habit to regularly visit the Oldcastle Materials web page and click on Government Relations for the latest updates. Please take action if requested. Politically speaking, there has never been a more important time than now for our industry! Thank you,
John Cooney, Jr. President, Tilcon NY
Photo by Steve Brooks.
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George Thompson, President Tilcon NJ, and volunteers at the Habitat for Humanity速 House Build
OMG Update •
Habitat for Humanity® House Build: September 24 was the last day of the Paterson house build. Over 100 Oldcastle employees from New York and New Jersey participated in this very worthy eightweek project.
Customer Relationship Management (CRM): CRM is an IT industry term for methodologies and software that help companies manage their relationships with customers in an organized way. Working closely with the OMG CRM Development Team, Josh Benson, General Sales Manager, Hal Skelley, Inside Sales Manager, and Sales Representatives Bill Godfrey and Tim Monk have been participating in a pilot Saleforce.com CRM program since February of this year. With final implementation, the CRM solution will provide a uniform platform for gathering and warehousing customer account management information.
5S: 5S continues to be an integral part of daily activities at all our locations. In September, Tilcon NJ conducted its annual 5S audit. Auditors were Bill Aspinall, Vice President, Operations; Jim Coddington, Vice President, Construction; Rebecca Guardino, QC Manager; and Rich Becker, Drilling and Blasting Coordinator. The results of the audit and the new Tilcon NJ 5S Champion will be announced in October.
5S 1 SORT
“WHEN IN DOUBT, MOVE IT OUT”
2 SIMPLIFY 3 SWEEP
“A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE” “CLEAN AND INSPECT OR INSPECT THROUGH CLEANING”
“MAKE UP THE RULES AND FOLLOW THEM”
“PART OF DAILY WORK AND IT BECOMES A HABIT”
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Abdon (“Billy”) Calderon Abdon (“Billy”) Calderon. Billy designed the t-shirt for Tilcon NJ’s 2011 Zero Accidents/Incidents campaign. The shirts were distributed at the Safety Stand-Down in May and worn throughout the company that day. Photo by Hunter Selman.
Congratulations! Clinton Point Quarry In June, an MSHA inspection was conducted at Clinton Point Quarry. The result? ZERO citations. Great job everyone!
Clinton Point Quarry. Photo by Steve Brooks.
Another Successful September Safety Month By Catherine Laudone, Administration Tilcon is committed to safety 365 days a year. However, every September a little extra effort is made to encourage employees to be proactive in their approach to safety. This year’s September Safety Month started out with the traditional Safety Stand Down on September 6. Next, Pat Billerman, Fleet Manager; Joe Wright, Security Coordinator; Denville Firestone; and the security staff at Mt. Hope and Pompton Lakes conducted brief vehicle checks on employee vehicles entering the facilities. Vehicles were inspected for potential safety hazards (e.g., low air pressure in tires, fluid leaks, and similar situations). Later in the month, Heavy Equipment Task Training and a session of Smith Driver Training were made available to employees. Both stressed the importance of driver safety. Health fairs were held at Pompton Lakes and Mt. Hope. The health fairs gave employees an opportunity to speak with professionals and gather information on safety and good health. Some of the more popular attractions were ‘‘Cooking with Kathy,’’ the free blood pressure clinic, the Fitness Challenge, and the Green Pond Animal Care Center technicians. The health fair at Mt. Hope was combined with the Trucker BBQ this year, so the truckers
were able to learn about safety while enjoying a healthy meal. Other September Safety Month events included fire drills, Toolbox Talks, and the annual 5S audit. Events new to September Safety Month this year were the Milliken Performance System (MPS)™ seminars and a company-wide scavenger hunt. The Tilcon Associates Safety Committees (TASC) and the Construction Corrective Response on Safety Solutions (CROSS) team members conducted the seminars as part of Tilcon’s Drive to Zero. The scavenger hunt was based on a smaller one conducted by Asphalt Operations in 2010. First, Tilcon NJ employees were all grouped into teams. Each team then chose a leader and worked together to take pictures of the safety items and activities on a list that was provided to them. The lists varied slightly between Administration and Operations teams, but included basic items such as an associate wearing a seatbelt, an associate chocking a wheel, and more. Each picture was worth a predetermined number of points. Each team also took one bonus picture that would be judged in the event of a tie. In the end, the scavenger hunt came down to ties between two Administration teams and three Operations teams, with the bonus pictures making the difference. Congratulations go to:
Mt. Hope Administration − Team C (Credit, Sales, Customer Service, AP, Payroll, and Asset Management) NJ Operations – 1st Place, Mt. Hope; 2nd Place, Oxford, 3rd Place, Northern Operations
Details on this friendly competition will be included in the next issue of the Tilcon Times.
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Keeping the Bears’ Best Interests at Heart By Catherine Laudone, Administration If you are wondering whether the bear pictured here with Tilcon Associate Charlie Mason is stuffed, the answer is no! In April, Charlie’s granddaughter Mary spotted a bear’s head peeking out of a den in the woods behind her family’s backyard. She ran to tell her mother, who then called the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW). A DFW Bear Response Team soon arrived and the bear was sedated by means of a tranquilizer dart. The team determined that the sow, or female, was a mother of three cubs and weighed 280 pounds. She was tagged, tattooed, and collared for future identification. She was then placed back in the den with her cubs. The entire procedure was videotaped for use in the state’s conservation program, with the bear being unconscious for a total of three hours. Charlie’s daughter Kim and other granddaughter Sadie had come over to watch, and it was during that time that the picture was taken. Charlie says the whole experience was something he will never forget — a learning experience for his entire family. Close encounters with bears are common at many Tilcon locations. During the summer of 2010 at Mt. Hope, a female and three cubs frequently made their way down the rocky slope on the right side of the administration building in search of food. And in the spring of 2011, another lone bear visited the same area. As might be expected, Tilcon employees excitedly anticipated these visits, keeping a vigilant “bear watch” throughout the day. However, it is important to understand that bears are wild animals that
must be viewed with respect. It is not safe to approach, feed, or otherwise interact with them. Instead, we can all do our part in keeping the bears’ best interests at heart by learning about them and reviewing the protocol for bear safety.
The Bear Necessities Black bears live in forests, swamps, and wetlands, establishing “home ranges” or territories, for themselves. They are omnivores, eating mostly plants in addition to berries, fruits, nuts, insects, bird eggs, small mammals, and deer carrion. In summer, a black bear will consume a minimum of 20,000 calories a day in order to prepare for den life in the winter. Contrary to popular belief, they do not actually hibernate all winter. Rather, they enter a state of torpor, or dormancy, when their heart and respiratory rates slow and body temperatures drop. During these months of torpor they also lose 18-20% of their body fat, while maintaining their bone and muscle mass. Mating season occurs in the spring and summer, peaking in June and July. Females are able to begin mating at two or three years of age but only do so every other year. When carried to term, an average litter will consist of three cubs. Most cubs are born in January and are blind and covered with fine hair. They remain with their mother for the first year and a half of life in order to learn basic skills for survival. After this, the cubs are known as yearlings and are chased off by the mother so she can breed again. Male yearlings leave the home range completely, while females are usually permitted to share some of the mother’s territory. Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly difficult for yearlings to find new home ranges due to intrusions on their natural habitat. It is estimated that there are at least three bears per square mile in northern New Jersey. One way black bears and their habitats are being preserved is through programs like the DFW’s Black Bear Project. As a part of this project, bears are being safely trapped and monitored using some of the same methods employed on Charlie’s bear. Also, in 2008, the DFW began implementing the current Black Bear Rating and Response Criteria (BBRRC). This policy defines three categories of black bear behavior and dictates the proper response:
CATEGORY 1: Black bears that are a threat to public safety and property. The proper response is to euthanize the dangerous bears as soon as possible. CATEGORY 2: Nuisance (aka ‘garbage-eating’) bears that are not a threat to society. The proper response is to aversely condition the bears to avoid people and the location using rubber buckshot, pyrotechnic charges, and bear dogs. CATEGORY 3: Bears that exhibit normal behavior and do not pose any threat. The proper response is to offer people advice on bear-proofing houses and locations, but otherwise not bother the bears. To learn more about black bears, visit: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/bearfacts_education.htm To report black bear damage or nuisance behavior, call the DEP’s 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 1-877-WARN DEP (1-877-927-6337).
Photo by Scott Laudone.
BEAR SAFETY: THE BASICS TIP 1 – BE PREPARED • Bears are naturally wary of humans, but we invite them to get to know us with the scent of our garbage. Prevent direct contact with bears by securing dumpsters with bear-proof lids and locks, and by keeping trash cans in the garage at home until the day of pick-up. • Never feed pets or other animals outside. • Never feed bears. It is dangerous and illegal in New Jersey, with a fine of $1,000.
TIP 3 – LEAVE WITHOUT MAKING A SCENE •
If the bear is still issuing warning signs or not moving away, remain calm and leave.
The proper way to distance yourself is to continue the loud noises while slowly backing away.
NEVER make eye contact or turn around and run. Eye contact signifies a challenge to the bear, and running will provoke the bear into chasing you.
TIP 2 – KEEP IN MIND • If you spot the bear first, it is important to announce your presence by clapping, singing, or speaking in a loud, assertive voice. This way, you won’t startle the bear. Most of the time these loud noises will also be enough to send the bear away. • If the bear spots you first, it will most likely let you know if you are too close with a series of warning signs, including: a series of huffs, making popping jaw sounds by opening and shutting the jaw, and swatting the ground. If these signs are given, still clap and make loud noises while taking a few, slow steps back.
TIP 4 – WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS •
Actual black bear attacks are extremely rare, but if it happens, the best advice is to fight back.
If a bear ever enters your house or office building, open up all the doors as escape routes for the bear before going to a safe location.
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Safe Driver Program Teams Up With GreenRoad Technology GREEN ROAD
Smarter drivers. Safer roads.
By Maritsa Barosi, Safety, and Pat Billerman, Equipment As part of Tilcon’s Safe Driver Program, Smith System driver training continues to be conducted throughout the company. In addition, 100 company vehicles have been outfitted with the GreenRoad Technology System. The overall goal of these programs is to improve driving habits, keep associates safe, and reduce fuel and maintenance costs.
How does GreenRoad work? A GreenRoad unit is installed in the vehicle and placed in an area on the dashboard where it is clearly visible to the driver. The unit monitors 120 different driving maneuvers. Any maneuver that is considered risky is classified as a driving event in one of five major categories: braking, cornering, lane handling, acceleration, speed. The unit has three LED lights to alert the driver of the driving activity. The unit starts on GREEN (Safe Driving Maneuver). If an event happens, the light will flash YELLOW (Moderately Risky Event) or RED (High Risk Event) depending on the severity. The lights continue to flash a few seconds after the event. If a situation arises where there are multiple events in a short time, the lights will change to solid YELLOW or
RED. Once the driving habit is corrected, the lights will work back toward solid GREEN (this may take up to 10 minutes). The information is then monitored and consolidated to provide an assigned score based on the number of events per 10 hours of driving. The information is available to the driver and the driver’s supervisors. The safety scores should be reviewed by the supervisor on a weekly basis and discussed with the driver when necessary. Drivers are rated as follows: •
20 events or fewer per 10 hours = Green (Safe Driver)
21-50 events per 10 hours = Yellow (Moderately Risky Driver)
More than 51 events per 10 hours = Red (High Risk Driver)
It is important to note that the accident rate for High Risk Drivers is 46% higher than for Safe Drivers. Tilcon’s goal is for all company drivers to have a score of 10 or fewer events per 10 hours. In the time since GreenRoad was first implemented, a significant improvement has been noted.
Tilcon NJ’s Green Safety Level Drivers (8/12/2011) The Lower the Score the Better the Score Safety Score
Hard Hat Box at Oxford Asphalt Bruce Shuart, Plant Manager, stands next to a hard hat box that has been placed where customers exit their trucks to pick up tickets. The weatherproof box, which was fabricated at the plant, contains loaner hats for customers who do not have their own hats to wear while they are on Tilcon property. The box is working and is an innovative addition to the safety effort at Oxford.
No Lost Time Anniversaries Mt. Hope Recycle .....................4 years ................ 1/8/11 Mt. Hope Quarry .......................4 years ................ 1/8/11 Riverdale Asphalt .....................4 years .............. 1/18/11 Poughkeepsie Asphalt ..............4 years ................ 2/1/11 Kearny Recycle ........................4 years .............. 2/21/11 Bronx Recycle ..........................4 years ................ 4/1/11 Totowa Asphalt .........................4 years ................ 4/7/11 Pompton Lakes Asphalt ...........4 years .............. 4/15/11 Keasbey ....................................4 years .............. 4/19/11 Riverdale Quarry........................4 years .............. 4/29/11 Pompton Lakes Quarry ............4 years ................ 5/1/11
Haverstraw Quarry ...................4 years ................ 5/5/11 Oxford Quarry ...........................4 years .............. 5/27/11 Clinton Point Quarry .................4 years ................ 6/4/11 NJ Construction .......................4 years .............. 6/29/11 Tomkins Cove Quarry ...............4 years ................ 8/2/10 W Nyack Quarry .......................4 years ................ 8/2/10 Oxford Asphalt .........................4 years ................ 8/9/10 Newburgh Asphalt ....................4 years .............. 8/14/10 Byram Quarry ...........................4 years ................ 9/1/10 Haverstraw Asphalt ..................4 years ................ 9/1/10
Meet Your New Jersey Safety Teams By Maritsa Barosi, Safety This Spring, Tilcon New Jerseyâ€™s Drive to Zero kicked off with training on The Milliken Performance System (MPS).â„˘ In Phase 1, training was conducted for a team of 50 Tilcon managers and supervisors. In Phase 2, three Safety Advocate Groups were created. The committees are composed of hourly associates who will draw from their experience, technical expertise, and years of service in our industry to collaborate to make our workplaces safer for everyone. The committees have
created mission statements, selected members for specific roles, scheduled weekly meetings, and identified potential projects. Milliken representatives will provide guidance for the committees by working with them two days a month from June to November. Additional teams (known as satellite teams) will be introduced in coming months to support other sites.
Please meet the teams! (cont next page)
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Photos by Maritsa Barosi and Angelique Bracer.
Mt. Hope TASC Team: (L to R) Standing: Joe Sugar, Javier Torres, Steve Kosaitis, Tom DeGeorge, Jim Martin, Bruce Ross. Seated: George Lockwood, Richard Becker, Miguel Sosa, Angel Dougherty, Lisa Banghart.
Northern Plants TASC Team: (L to R) Ed Schweiger, Bill Donahue, Joe Crane, Jeff Tolnai, Shane Peterson, John Sheehan, Mark Kimble. Not pictured, Mohammed Megdadi.
Construction CROSS Team: (L to R) Standing: Joe Sugar, Jeff McCarthy, David Hocking David Spece. Seated: Mike Riley, Rich Tolerico, Alexander Rey, Gary Bojczak, Joe Lapinski, Joe Romain.
Mount Hope Tilcon Associates Safety Committe (TASC) Team – The members of this team have a combined 128 years of Tilcon experience Chairperson......................................................................................................................... Tom DeGeorge, Plant Operator Co-Chairperson.................................................................................................................... Peter Truncale, QC Technician Recorder............................................................................................................................ Angel Dougherty, Plant Assistant Time Keeper ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Javier Torres, Electrician Supporting Members ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Lisa Banghart, Truck Driver Steve Kosaitis, Order Taker Jim Martin, Mechanic Bruce Ross, Plant Operator Miguel Sosa, Mechanic Safety Champion......................................................................................................... Joe Sugar, Assistant Safety Director Team Sponsors.......................................................................................................... George Lockwood, Crusher Foreman Rich Becker, Drilling and Blasting Coordinator Current Projects ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Safety slogan messages Suggestion and concern boxes Improving driving throughout the Mt. Hope facility Revising Emergency Response Plan with Volunteer Response Team Re-routing heavy equipment traffic pattern Team Quote....................................... “We are learning effective tools on how to run meetings and run as a team. We are pacing well and are ahead of the ballgame.” - George Lockwood
Northern Plants Tilcon Associates Safety Committee (TASC) Team – The members of this team have a combined 153 years of Tilcon experience Chairperson........................................................................................................................ Shane Peterson, Plant Operator Co-chairperson ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Jeff Tolnai, QC Technician Recorder................................................................................................................... Stephanie Spadaccini, Plant Assistant Time Keeper.................................................................................................................................. Ed Schweiger, Electrician Supporting Members ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ John Sheehan, Mechanic William Donahue, Equipment Operator Mark Kimble, Operator Mohammed Megdadi, Mechanic Safety Champion.............................................................................................. Angelique Bracer, Assistant Safety Director Team Sponsors....................................................................................................... Grant Shields, Assistant Plant Manager Orlando Gagliardo, Electrician Supervisor Current Projects................................. Improvements to contractor/visitor process that will tie in to emergency response Improvements to trucker safety processes Improved accountability for fire extinguisher staging An inspection audit form that can be “universal” in format Team Quote............................................................................................... “I want to be a ZERO Hero.” - Angelique Bracer
The Corrective Response on Safety Solutions (CROSS) Construction Team – The members of this team have a combined 191 years of Tilcon experience Chairperson............................................................................................................................ Gary Bojczak, Shop Steward Co-chairperson................................................................................................................. Jeffrey McCarthy, Shop Steward Recorder........................................................................................................................................... Alexander Rey, Laborer Time Keeper ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Mike Riley, Laborer Supporting Members ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� David Spece, Operator Rich Tolerico, Mechanic Joe Romain, Safety and Traffic Compliance Manager Safety Champion......................................................................................................... Joe Sugar, Assistant Safety Director Team Sponsors.................................................................................................... Joseph Lapinski, Project Superintendent David Hocking, Project Manager Current Projects............................................................................................................... Vehicle and machinery pre-shifts Exhaust stacks on pavers Lift hooks—adding safety clips Joint raking with paving crews Team Quote................................ “I think that now there is a culture in place that breeds safety like I have never seen before in my career.” - Gary Bojczak
Photo by Steve Brooks
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Josh Benson Elected President of the Associated General Contractors of NJ (AGC NJ) In June, Josh Benson, General Sales Manager, was elected President of the AGC of NJ. The AGC of NJ is a statewide association of general and specialty contractors involved in heavy and highway construction, site development and utility contracting on public and private projects. The AGC of NJ was chartered in May 1936 by a handful of progressive highway contractors who had the foresight to realize that only in unity could they meet the challenges that lay ahead. During his term, Josh intends to focus on four key areas:
Strengthen the organization’s partnership with labor.
Dedicate more resources to developing apprenticeships to ensure that the NJ construction workforce is well-educated, productive, and safe.
Continue to establish a strong political presence for the AGC NJ.
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The AGC of NJ held its third annual Safety Day on October 5. Safety Day emphasizes the importance of caution in work zones to ensure that construction crews are able to return home to their families safe and sound at the end of each day. In support of this very important message, the AGC distributed Safety Day shirts that were were worn by all Tilcon NJ crews.
Josh Benson, new president
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"Josh Benson, General Sales Manager, was elected President of the AGC of NJ"
Further develop the AGC of NJ’s strategic alliance with the Building Contractors of America, New Jersey (BCANJ) and move closer to merging the two organizations.
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Time Machine By Catherine Laudone, Administration This spring, two Warren Foundry & Pipe Corporation Mine time sheets from July 2, 1930 were found in the ductwork of the Administration Building at Mt. Hope. The slips inspired some questions: What type of work was done at Mt. Hope in 1930? What was life like for the miners at Mt. Hope and their families back then? What do we have in common with them? The following fictional account might hold some answers.
Late Afternoon. Wednesday, July 2, 1930 When I walk out of the main shaft of the Brown Mine, I shield my forehead and eyes with a hand and move off to the side. I have to blink several times before my eyes begin to readjust to the daylight. Slowly, my surroundings come into focus. Although the rest of my group is still emerging from the shaft, the next shift—thirty-five to forty men—have already gathered by the entrance. A few of the younger boys in the new shift joke around but the veterans watch us come up with silent respect, knowing that they are seeing themselves eight hours from now— tired bodies caked with the richest, darkest dirt ever. Not for the first time, I try to imagine my six-year-old son Paul all grown up and standing with the other boys. I picture him as I was as a young man: tall with broad shoulders, a square jaw, curly black hair, brown eyes. But then I look at the men still coming up, at their jackets with dirt permanently ground into the fibers and the fatigue lines etched around their eyes. I finger my own jacket and touch the wrinkled skin at the corners of my eyes. That’s where the daydream always ends. Perhaps Paul will look like me when he’s grown, but I already know that we are cut from different cloths. He wouldn’t survive in the eternal night underground because he thrives during the day and can’t pay attention to any one thing for very long. I, on the other hand, am more comfortable with the dark and stay focused on whatever task is at hand, no matter what. I walk past the mine entrance and down a short road to the shower house. I go to the back of the line and am soon joined by Rudy and Bowen. Rudy is a Grizzly Machine man; he’s built broad and muscular, perfect for bringing the sledgehammer down on the larger pieces of ore that refuse to go through the grating. Meanwhile, Bowen is a wiry foreigner with a thick accent. He’s a Mucker, someone who shovels ore into carts and chutes. Both are good men and always willing to shoot the breeze. Rudy starts in, asking me about what I did today. I tell him about checking the timber stock on each level and helping with stope prep (stope preparatory work includes making a cavity where the ore can be sliced out of the back while still leaving enough room for the other miners to work). These are only two of the many jobs I have as a Timber Man. I can also do spreaders in stopes, repair work, support work, casings, and more. In fact, I should just call myself an “all-purpose man” and be done with it, except that wouldn’t be fair to the other men. They are just as versatile as I am; having experience with and a complete knowledge of each part of the mining process, in addition to your own specialty area, is crucial to working as a team.
Rudy asks Bowen for a short recount of his day, too, and then we get sucked into the conversation of the two men in front of us, John and Michael. They’re avidly discussing a project started in the Hoover administration — appropriate, since Hoover was trained as a mining engineer. “They say the Empire State building will be finished by next year. They say it’ll be the tallest building in the world!” Michael says with childlike excitement. “What good is another building?” John asks. “It’s made jobs for the unemployed, hasn’t it?” “Not for long, though. Don’t you remember President Hoover’s speech, about leaving relief to the private sector? All those workers will be left out in the cold after the building is finished.” “I think those workers appreciate the money, no matter how temporary the job may be,” Bowen jumps in. He looks at me to back him up, and I nod grimly. Bowen is sensitive to the plight of the unemployed on a different level than the rest of us. It took him six months of being in America before he finally landed a job here in Mt. Hope. Personally, I think his timing was just off; he’d come expecting two months of push-and-pull in the job market, not a nation-wide depression. When we enter the shower house the discussion switches over to the Yankees. While I scrub the dirt from under my fingernails, Rudy asks me for my opinion on yesterday’s doubleheader with the White Sox. I answer, “First game was good—5 to 1 is respectable. But losing the second? There was no reason for it.” “Yeah, there was,” John calls over. “We probably just got too cocky or tired after winning the first one.” “No,” Rudy says, “the real problem is that our pitchers were washed out. I don’t know why they replaced Ruffing with Holloway so quickly. He might have pulled it together with some more time on the mound.” “Any more time and they would have run the score up even higher,” Michael objects. “Who cares?” Bowen says. By now we’re drying off and putting back on our clothes. “We are just two and a half games behind first place. We’ll get them next time.” I smile; Bowen is starting to sound more and more like an American every day.
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Evening. Wednesday, July 2, 1930 During dinner Kate, my oldest, and Paul ask to go to the movies on Saturday to watch the Mickey Mouse Club. Bonnie gives her usual answer, “Your father and I will discuss it later,” and even I know that probably means “no.” The kids whine in protest, but soon stop after Bonnie threatens them with going to bed early. Afterwards, I retreat into the living room with the kids. I listen while Kate reads The Little Engine That Could aloud twice to Paul. Then Bonnie comes in from the kitchen to put both kids to bed; of course, Kate will be allowed to stay up a little later and read her own book, the latest Nancy Drew mystery, in her room.
Brown Shaft Mine
“At least the Babe did alright for himself,” a new voice adds to the conversation. We all stop talking when we see the voice belongs to Warren Doran, the shift boss. He sits at a small cardboard table outside the back door to the shower house. We each take a turn filling out a pink time sheet from the pile on the table and Warren continues to make small talk about the Yankees while signing the slips. Once he’s done, we put the slips in our pockets. On Friday, we’ll hand them in to payroll with the rest from this week. John and Michael go their separate ways after that and Rudy, Bowen and I awkwardly stand around in a cluster. A few years ago we would have gone to the local bar after our showers, prepared ourselves for another day of work with whiskey and returned home in time for supper. But ever since the 18th Amendment was ratified, alcohol has been prohibited both in the home and in public. Of course, there are ways to get around this law. You just have to trust that your source won’t betray you to the police. In the end, the three of us decide to head home. The men started carpooling and splitting the cost of gas with me about two years ago. I always drop Bowen off first and then Rudy. However, today Rudy motions for me to wait a minute after he gets out of the car. I wait, listening to the Dorsey Boys on the radio while he runs into his house. When he comes back, he’s carrying a brown paper bag. He tucks it under the front passenger seat and grins, “For the fourth of July.”
Bonnie comes back out and takes up her knitting on the couch. I turn on the radio and adjust the dial to CBS for Lowell Thomas and the eight o’clock news. First, he talks about the Dust Bowl—how farmers continue to move to California in search of jobs and refuge from the elements. Next, he launches into President Hoover’s recent policies and actions. As always, the president is slammed for his “Hoovervilles,” the shantytowns named after him, and the unemployment rate. When the Empire State Building project is mentioned, I replay the men’s discussion in my head and compare their opinions with the supposed facts. During the second commercial break, I turn down the volume and look over at Bonnie. I clear my throat and dare to ask, “So why won’t you let them go to the movies? Seems like a harmless idea.” “Harmless,” Bonnie scoffs, “it’s harmful to our bank account.” I bait her, “I seem to recall you being okay with spending money on the movies for our anniversary a few months back. Greta Garbo’s first talking picture, Anna Christie, is worth the money but Mickey Mouse isn’t? That doesn’t seem fair to the kids.” Bonnie stops working and grins at me. “Well, I needed something to commemorate my surviving fifteen years with you,” she says. I laugh at this and wait for Bonnie to roll her eyes at me and go back to her work. When she doesn’t though, I ask, “What is it?” She shrugs and answers, “I just don’t know how you do it, Mark.” “Do what?”
“Pretend we’re not in a depression. Justify spending so much money on the kids,” she says, throwing up her hands in exasperation. I sigh and say, “I don’t pretend anything. It’s just…I don’t want Kate and Paul to miss out on anything. Their childhood has a price tag now—ours didn’t. I feel bad about that.” Bonnie smiles sympathetically and says, “I feel guilty about it too, but driving us into bankruptcy won’t help.” I nod once and turn the volume up again. Lowell is back on.
Noon. Friday, July 4, 1930 The fourth of July is a sunny scorcher, at 85 degrees by noontime. My family and I have been standing off to the side of Main Street in Dover, with hordes of other people, since ten o’clock. The kids have complained about the sun some and I’ve bought us all ice at least twice, but the waiting is all worth it now that the parade has reached us. A pair of police officers on horseback lead the procession, followed by a convertible full of town officials and a band dressed in bright reds and yellows with feather plumed hats. Behind the band are flag bearers and some cars full of disabled veterans in uniform. The crowd’s cheers and applause grow louder for the veterans and then become thunderous when members of the Union Post & American Legion march by. Next, there are several people dressed in historical costumes on foot and the Summit Post and its drum and bugle corps. Once they have gone, I take a step forward and crane my neck to look down the street. The floats are coming. They are my favorite part of the parade, have been ever since I was little. The first float is patriotic, its body painted in giant red and white stripes with a large blue star standing up in the middle, and red, white, and blue cloth draped along the bottom. Surrounding the star is a group of little girls holding small American flags and singing the national anthem.
park other festivities are under way. Rockaway doesn’t have a parade like Dover, but they do have a lot of familyfriendly contests. Paul spends ten minutes at a picnic table creating a fourth of July poster and Kate watches the annual “baby parade,” where girls from nine to twelve years old walk around the pond with their costumed baby dolls and doll carriages. There will be a prize for most patriotic display. Kate’s eyes widen when she spots her friend Amelia in the parade. She waves at Amelia and asks, “Daddy, can I do this next year?” “Sure,” I say, wiping sweat from my forehead. The heat is starting to get to me and I think about heading home. At that exact moment, though, a man begins calling out for male volunteers for a greased watermelon scramble. Thinking this will be a fast way to cool off, I join the group of men by the water, stripping down to just pants. I give Kate and Paul my hat and suit jacket to hold but otherwise leave everything else in a pile on the ground. A small group of spectators forms, and the man who called for volunteers carries over a huge watermelon. He coats it with Vaseline® before tossing it out into the pond. All the competitors and myself take our stances like we’re about to run a race. The man explains the rules: first one to hoist the melon from the water wins and no foul play. Then he yells Ready, Set, Go!
After the fifth float passes by, Paul and Kate announce they’re hungry. Bonnie insists that the vendors are too expensive so we make our way through the sea of people, back toward the side street where I parked the car. Although the drive from Dover back to Rockaway is fairly short and there’s not a lot of traffic, I’m still frustrated; I can no longer justify spending precious gas (at 10 cents per gallon) on festivities that we didn’t stay long enough to fully enjoy. After eating lunch at home, the kids get their second wind and bully me into taking them to the park. Bonnie decides to stay home, where it’s cooler. At the Hoist House
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The cold water is refreshing as I plunge in, but I quickly fall behind because the men’s strokes splash water into my eyes, making it hard to see. A big man reaches the watermelon first and wraps his arms around it. When it makes contact with his skin, however, it slips right out of his grasp. Another contender pounces on the watermelon and someone else grabs him by the arm and pulls him back before lunging for it himself. It goes on like this for a while until I feel the slippery rind in my own hands. I start to lift up the watermelon, but then a body jumps onto my back, making me fumble it and pushing my head underwater. I resurface, sputtering and breathing hard, and then I’m right back in the thick of it. All bets are off, foul play is on. All the Vaseline has been rubbed off the watermelon and onto our skin by the time the contest ends. The other men and I slowly make our way out of the water, reaching out to shake one another’s hands or pat one another’s backs. Every person was as much an ally as an enemy in this game. Kate and Paul hurry over. Kate holds out my hat and jacket to me, her face taut and eyes shiny. I can tell she’s about to cry. “Oh, c’mon Kate, I’m all right,” I smile, wincing because my cheek throbs where someone hit me. She doesn’t answer, just lets one silent tear fall down her cheek. I take a few steps forward to go find my shirt, socks, and shoes but wince again, my right leg and ankle throbbing. “These belong to you, old man?” I turn and see Rudy walking up with my clothes. “Who you calling an old man?” I say, taking them from him.
“Well, it’s true. What were you thinking? How would you have been able to work tomorrow with an eye swollen shut or with a sprained ankle? You should probably see the company doctor. Have him examine that head of yours,” Rudy says, winking at Kate. She and Paul are both giggling now. I start to herd them away. “Seriously, give him a call,” Rudy yells after us, “just telephone Rockaway 409!” “See you at work tomorrow. And thanks again for your gift,” I call back. Bonnie tries to give me Rudy’s lecture all over again when she sees me in my battered state, but I just shrug and go outside to grill the steaks for dinner. I’m more careful than usual not to burn them, since they’re 45 cents each.
Evening. Friday, July 4, 1930 After dinner, we wait for it to grow dark before heading over to the park again. There, I set up a blanket on the ground for the kids and two chairs for Bonnie and me. Once everyone’s settled, I take out the bootleg beer that Rudy gave me in the paper bag two days ago. Bonnie doesn’t nag me about it, like most other women, who support Prohibition. Instead she takes two sips before letting me enjoy the rest. Two other couples near us have beers too, but apparently beer is invisible to the patrolman — for tonight, anyway. I imagine that everyone at the fireworks in Dover is listening to a local speaker and live music right about now. Still, there’s something nicer about staying local. People are considerate and regulate the volume of their conversations, creating a murmur as soothing as crickets’ chirping.
Rudy just whistles and says, “Wow, they really got you.” And then it starts with one gun shot. I glance back at Kate once before asking, “Do I look that bad?” “Your cheek is purple like a grape, Daddy!” Paul answers my question for me. Rudy notices Kate’s tears and squats so he’s eye level with her. “Aw, nothin’ to get excited about, Kate. Daddies do stupid stuff like this all the time.” I see Kate try hard not to laugh at someone calling her daddy “stupid.” “All right, that’s enough,” I say, pulling on my shirt.
Color explodes in the sky, splitting into several ribbons that arc downward, their tips burning into oblivion. Then there’s another and another, the newest overlapping the last’s trail of smoke. Every once in a while I hear an exclamation and I don’t know if it belongs to Paul, Kate, Bonnie, a stranger, or me. During the finale, night temporarily becomes day and the individual gunshots become a rapid heartbeat: ba bum, ba bum, ba bum. This is America breathing.
Special thanks to Vic Kaegi for helping to make this story as historically accurate as possible by sharing his knowledge of mining in the Mt. Hope area. Thanks also to Hunter Selman for taking all of the photos.
Tim Monk and Bill Godfrey. Photo by Hunter Selman.
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NJ Sales Success Stories By Josh Benson and Hal Skelley, Sales
Warren County Landfill, Oxford, NJ In 2010, when the Warren County Landfill announced plans to open a fifth and final cell in 2011, Bill Godfrey, Sales Representative, recognized an opportunity. This type of job comes along only once every few years and represents a significant opportunity to secure large tonnage sales commitments. Through Bill’s efforts, not only was the sale secured, but the job specification was changed to include a product we are long on. In previous jobs of this type, the landfill typically required around 50,000 tons of 3/8” stone. Acknowledging the rising costs of energy and labor, the Warren County Landfill was prepared to purchase half of the material in 2011 and the remainder in 2012 if the cost of the material became prohibitive. Bill quickly recognized the potential pitfalls of the job, understanding that 3/8” was not an ideal product for Tilcon to supply in these quantities. With this in mind, he met with the landfill manager and explained the potential drawback of using 3/8” − primarily that supplying that quantity would most likely require sourcing from various locations which would result in additional costs for freight. Bill offered a couple of alternatives. The first option was sand, but sand didn't meet the physical specifications required by the job. The second option was ¾” stone, an alternative that would ultimately prove to be a win-win for both the customer and Tilcon. Large volume ¾” sales have been challenging lately due to the lack of concrete and ready mix work. On the other hand, due to paving work consisting primarily of top courses, 3/8” has consistently been in short supply. In order to supply 50,000 tons of 3/8” to the Warren County Landfill, Tilcon would have had to crush approximately 400,000 tons of stone. By having the job specification changed to include ¾”, Tilcon was able to avoid producing additional 3/8” and, in fact, sell a slow-moving product. Bill made his case to the customer and the design engineer, presenting all the advantages to using ¾” stone: it would come from a single source assuring consistency; it was readily available in quantity; and freight costs would be minimal due to the proximity of Tilcon’s Oxford
quarry to the job site. Understanding the scope of the job, Bill acknowledged that the ¾” material would require a thicker liner but asserted that the cost would be offset by the value Tilcon offered. Six months later, Bill’s hard work resulted in a commitment to buy of 50,000 tons of ¾” stone. Due to the value presented, Tilcon was awarded the bid for the full amount of material for 2011. Bill Godfrey’s efforts employed the sales best practices of solution selling, understanding the customer’s pain, and selling value (not just product) to the customer.
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Tim Monk, Sales Representative, handles the account for Sanitary Construction, a large utility contractor in New Jersey. They are a loyal customer and deal with Tilcon when they are in the area. Tim was on his weekly sales call with owners Mike Cervino Sr. and Jr. when he learned of a problem they were having on a project in the southern part of the state. The project, a landfill project near Atlantic City, was over 150 miles away, requiring the Cervinos to use a local supplier for the 10,000 tons of Dense Graded Aggregate (DGA) material required for the job. Unfortunately, the material from the local supplier failed job specifications. The Cervinos asked if there was anything Tilcon could do to help. This was certainly an opportunity, but what would it take to supply a project so far away and keep it on track for schedule and budget? DGA is a material that is in abundance at our facilities (especially Mount Hope), so supply was not an issue. Once the material was approved by the site engineers, transportation became the issue. Tim worked with Art Holdsworth, Vice President, Sales, and Ron Callahan, Transportation Manager, to find a trucker who would deliver the material and backhaul sand, effectively cutting transportation costs in half. The delivered price worked for the Cervinos and the owner of the project was so impressed that they have entered into discussions with them for Phase 2 of the project.
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New Faces in Finance and Accounting By Susan Philip, Finance Tilcon has three new additions to its Finance and Accounting team. William Kearney is the new Assistant Controller at West Nyack in New York, and Graig Aimone is the new Assistant Controller at Mt. Hope in New Jersey. Susan Phillip is the new Accountant at Mt. Hope.
Will They’re different because, coming from public accounting, I’d look at numbers and dissect them. Here I’m looking at numbers as raw material for creating something new. The jobs are similar in that they are in the same field.
Q a What does your position entail? A a Will, Susan and Graig We work on all things accounting,
How has it been assimilating into the department Q a as a new employee?
particularly the balance sheet items such as inventory. We also create an array of reports that enable managers to make informed decisions. We ensure that all finances are in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), pay attention to current regulations such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, and look out for new legislation. Finally, we help our managers Guy Carulli and Charlie Brassell with forecasting budgets.
is your job here at Tilcon similar to or different Q a How from your previous work/job?
A a Susan I worked for an aviation investment banking firm in
New York City where I was involved in more finance-related work. I also traveled internationally. At Tilcon, I do a lot more cost accounting as this is a manufacturing operation.
Graig I came from a public accounting background where I had multiple clients. My focus was mainly tax returns and consulting. The similarity between the two jobs is the foundation for accounting itself: debts have to equal credits.
A a Will Coming here I didn’t know what to expect from
my new co-workers. But they are all quick to help and offer advice. The team works well together and everyone takes pride in their job. I’m glad to be a part of it. Susan Everyone has one goal: to ensure the integrity of the books and records of the company. After that goal is met, the fun starts. I work in a department where there are always questions to be answered, puzzles to figure out. It’s exciting!
Graig One of my biggest fears about leaving my previous job after 10 years was how I would fit into a new organization. The transition has been much smoother than I thought. I credit that to the people who work here.
In your opinion, what role does Finance and Accounting play in relation to the other departments and the company as a whole?
should people know when it comes to your Q a What job or finance in general?
Will Finance is the means by which the departments communicate with upper management. We present this information to management using various analytical tools.
does and vice versa. When everyone realizes this codependency, we work better as a team and we should always remember it’s a team effort.
Graig The Finance Department plays a crucial role in getting the proper information to decision makers in the various departments. The bottom line numbers can affect how we operate our business from day to day. The sooner we can gather the information and the more accurate it is, the sooner managers can make informed decisions.
A a Graig Be safe! We’re affected by what everyone else
Susan Finance and accounting are one and the same. Do not spend more than you have. Keep your eye on your budget. Will Numbers can tell a story: math is a universal language. You can speak to everyone with numbers and that’s what we do.
Susan All the departments funnel information to us. There are always questions that the numbers can’t answer and it is up to us to make sense of it by using equations, asking questions and doing research.
Port Authority Transportation Hub, aka ‘The Oculus” By Ailsa Ferguson, Marketing 5,000 tons of Haverstraw ASTM #67 stone is being used in the slab that forms the basement for the Port Authority’s new transit hub, known as the Oculus, at the World Trade Center site. Working with contractors EIC Associates and Perini Corp, Tilcon began delivering stone to the site at the corner of Vesey and Church Streets in late April. Deliveries have been challenging due to the number of projects going on simultaneously at the site, but Lori Koumjian, Transportation Manager; Kenny Graham, Dispatcher; and Mike DiRenzo, Sales Representative, have all been working together to coordinate activities. The Oculus was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava. It is located in the northeast corner of the WTC site between Towers 2 and 3 and will accommodate 250,000 pedestrians per day. The hub’s innovative design features retractable 150 ft. high glass and steel “wings” that will allow natural light to pass through to the rail platforms 60 feet below street level. Scheduled to open in 2014, the $3.2 billion hub will be the third largest in New York. Pedestrians will be able to use it to access the five WTC office towers, the Memorial and Museum, Hudson River ferry terminals, the World Financial Center, PATH trains, 13 subway lines and the proposed JFK rail link.
Graig Aimone and Susan Philip. Photo by Catherine Laudone.
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Tilcon NJ Recycle Recycles Old Inventory System By Paul Eckert, Recycle In 2010, Recycle associates identified a need to improve the way Recycle managed its component inventory, including the process for collecting components and replenishing them. With the increased use of the EMaint Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), we also needed to improve inventory controls. The “old way” relied on pen, paper, and — more often than not — personal recollections of what was in stock at each Recycle site. Our goal was to consolidate all components at the Kearny Recycle Facility, the location from which mechanics are dispatched, and develop a control system to track inventory. Starting in early 2011, the Recycle group investigated several different types and styles of inventory control systems. It had already determined that we needed a system with the ability to: generate a current list of components; record where the components are stored; set reordering levels; track component use; develop project kitting lists; and integrate with the current management system. Most important, the system needed to be easy for everyone to use, no matter what their level of computer skills. We knew that the program would fail if people were not comfortable using it.
Scanner and incoming components
After a few months spent reviewing several systems, we made a decision and started to work. This summer, we integrated a bar-coding system for our parts inventory that integrates with the EMaint system. At the time of delivery, or when being collected for a project, components are scanned and immediately adjusted in or out of inventory. The new system allows for real-time knowledge of all components in inventory. All parts are first entered into EMaint. Once a part is entered, it is assigned a part number and a unique barcode is generated by the EMaint program. All inventories are kept online within EMaint, which allows for online access
Inventory, organized and labeled.
to an up-to-date inventory from anywhere. Once a part is entered and a barcode is created, the barcode is printed on a label printer. This system uses a Zebra GK420t printer and prints 1” x 3” barcodes. The printed labels are then laminated and attached where the corresponding part is stocked. Stocked items are organized on recycled shelving. Items are stocked according to plant and item type. As items are placed in and removed from inventory, a scanner reads the corresponding barcode to pick up the barcode. This system uses a Motorola MC9500 scanner. The scanner operates on a wireless internet connection on site. The scanned items are then recognized by Mobile EMaint, a mobile application of the EMaint system. It allows for basic functions (including inventory adjustment) of the EMaint program to be performed on a wireless device. The system is capable of notifying plant managers to reorder components at a set point, and can create a list of components to kit maintenance jobs. It also helps keep shop and yard items in an organized manner. So far we have seen improvement in the way our components are stored and our ability to quickly determine if the necessary components are on hand for a repair. In the near future we expect to bring our mechanics online with scanning out inventoried components and printing component lists to help expedite their collection of components required for a task. The final step will be having an associate kit projects based on our planned maintenance tasks and repairs. Continuous improvement is one of our goals, and we feel that we have taken a big step forward with the implementation of this new system. In a way, we recycled our own inventory system and with new technology made it better than ever.
Aglime Sales Growing By Ailsa Ferguson, Marketing, and Mike DiRenzo, Sales Representative Breaking into a new market with a new product can be tough at times, but in the case of New York’s Aglime, it looks as if the effort is paying off. Aglime, produced at Clinton Point Quarry, is produced from surplus pond fines, which are rescreened and stored under cover to prevent the moisture content from becoming too great. It is used by farmers to restore the balance of soil that has become too acidic mainly through the use of fertilizers. It can also improve the structure of the soil, increasing its ability to retain water and thereby reducing erosion. Aglime is typically purchased by the ton and applied by a spreader. It works on any agricultural crop, although Tilcon’s is used mainly on fields of corn, hay, soybeans, and alfalfa. Since the launch, sales have been building slowly and in 2011 finally started picking up speed. Year- to-date sales of the product have reached 8,051 tons, compared to 1,477 in the whole of 2010, bringing total sales to 14,000 tons since launch. Locally, Tilcon is building a following and has many repeat customers. In 2011, a partnership was formed with Long Horn Trucking which is distributing Aglime in northern and central New York. Mike DiRenzo has spearheaded the Aglime sales effort, developing partnerships with truckers, visiting distributors and customers in our area and promoting the product at farm shows, most notably Empire Farm Days, the largest agricultural show in New York state. Marketing efforts have been coordinated by Ailsa Ferguson, Marketing Manager. At launch, a mailing was sent to hundreds of local farmers to raise awareness of the new product. This was followed up with a consistent advertising presence in Country Folks magazine, a leading farming newspaper. Online, the product is featured on www.tilconny.com and on www.aglime.com, a website set up by sister company StoneCo, part of Michigan Paving. Sales leads generated by the site for New York and New Jersey are passed to us. At Clinton Point Quarry, John DeVico, Scalehouse Operator, has also been a key member of the team, providing guidance and assistance to local FOB Aglime customers. According to Mike DiRenzo, “The sales effort has been challenging because of freight costs but we are winning repeat business as a result of our ability to supply consistently good product for many years to come. Some local markets such as Long Island are still proving difficult to crack, but I’m confident they will open up within the next few years.”
Quick Thinking Turns a Problem into an Opportunity By Ailsa Ferguson, Marketing Back in December 2010, Buchanan Marine scow No. 69 was severely damaged by a record nor’easter and blizzard that hit the northeast. The scow, loaded with toe stone from Clinton Point, was docked in Brooklyn and taking on water; both the barge and its load were in danger of being lost. Adding insult to injury, the scow was loaded with stone for a bulkhead project in Brooklyn that had since been cancelled. A team from Buchanan Marine was able to pump the scow and keep it afloat. Mike DiRenzo, Sales Representative, was then able to turn a bad situation around by selling the stone from the damaged barge to a bulkhead contractor in Bridgehampton, Long Island who was working on repairing the damage caused by the storm. Coordinating with Jerry Weldon, Vice President, Marine Transportation, Mike arranged for the scow to be transported to Port Washington where it was offloaded. The stone was then shipped to Bridgehampton and used to repair a stretch of coastline, saving some homes in the process. Quick thinking and teamwork turned this potential problem into an opportunity. The barge was also salvaged by the Buchanan team. It was moved to the Port Washington shipyard where its rotted steel was replaced. Back to work within a month, it is still being loaded regularly.
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Tilcon Welcomes North Bergen On July 29, Tilcon purchased the assets of North Bergen Asphalt, North Bergen Recycling and Lafayette Asphalt in New Jersey. This is an exciting addition to Tilconâ€™s production capability and will enable us to continue to provide the finest service and materials to our customers. We welcome Tim Murray, Frank DelGuercio, and the rest of the North Bergen team to the Tilcon family.
Ray Alexander and his daughter Liberty. Photo by Kimberly Corrado.
Awards: Current Industry Recognition for Tilcon AMERICAN ROAD AND TRANSPORTATION DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (ARTBA) Recognizes extraordinary efforts that serve to enhance the image of the U.S. transportation design and construction industry. sTilcon’s Community Relations Program — Pride Award
APEX AWARDS Annual awards presented to professional communicators. sKaren Edgar, Tilcon NY Inc. Education and Training Campaigns, Programs and Plans – Award of Excellence
NATIONAL ASPHALT PAVEMENT ASSOCIATION (NAPA) 2011 DIAMOND COMMENDATION PROGRAM, DIAMOND ACHIEVEMENT COMMENDATION Honors excellence in operations both in the manufacturing plant and at the site of the plant, including: appearance, environmental practices, safety, permitting and regulatory compliance and community relations. sBernardsville
NATIONAL ASPHALT PAVEMENT ASSOCIATION (NAPA) 2011 DIAMOND COMMENDATION PROGRAM, DIAMOND QUALITY COMMENDATION Honors excellence in the quality of the material produced. This includes quality management, RAP and aggregate handling, asphalt storage, drying and mixing, air quality, truck scales, silos and control rooms. sBernardsville
THE COMMUNICATOR AWARDS — PRINT MEDIA Honors creative excellence in the communications field for 2010: sThe Tilcon Times – Award of Distinction
ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS (AGC) OF NJ SAFETY AWARDS Recognizes significant accomplishments in safety. sLost Workday Incidence Rate Lower Than the National Average (2010)
Tilcon On the Road: Vassar Road Elementary School
Tilcon Supports Local Communities
By Keila Franco, Purchasing
By Karen Edgar, Public Relations
In March, Tilcon conducted a show and tell for the morning and afternoon kindergarten classes at Vassar Road Elementary School in Poughkeepsie, NY. The children learned about quarries, trucks and loaders, and the asphalt plant. They were also able to handle a real hard hat and a variety of different size rocks. Keila Franco, Purchasing Agent, and Ray Alexander, Asphalt Plant Associate, made the presentations and Kimberly Corrado, Clinton Point Office Manager, came along to take pictures. The visit was a special one for Ray as his daughter Liberty was one of the students.
Tilcon NY Supports the March of Dimes By Adriane Casterella, Administration On April 30, Team ‘Tilcon For Tots’ participated once again in the March of Dimes March for Babies in Pearl River, NY. Walkers were: Sharon Zagar, Purchasing Supervisor, and her husband John; Keila Franco, Purchasing Agent, and her daughter Mirna; Natalie Lopez, Construction Administrator; Lilliana Lopez, Billing and A/R Manager; Lauren Abbondanza, Billing Assistant Supervisor; and Adriane Casterella, Executive Assistant, and her daughter Emily Ferraro. Tilcon NY was a Checkpoint Sponsor for the event, with a table manned by Susan Kopek, Plant Clerk, along with her son Matthew and daughter Suzanne, as well as Juan Lopez. The walk was a great day for the team and a successful one for the March of Dimes.
Over the last few months Tilcon has had the privilege of giving back to the communities in which its employees live and work, by donating services and materials:
• After a tough winter and a rainy spring, 275 tons of ¾”
crushed stone were donated to repair the driveway and parking area of a historic Boy Scout log cabin that stands less than one mile from the Mt. Hope Quarry. The log cabin was built in 1936 by a group of Boy Scouts from Mt. Hope and is still used today for events.
• Approximately 125 tons of quarry process were donated
to the Yard Creek Reservation Scout Camp for renovation and repair projects on the campgrounds. The camp, located in Blairstown, NJ provides quality camping and outdoor facilities for more than 9,000 scouts and their families. The material was provided from Oxford Quarry.
• Tilcon donated 50 tons of 1 ½” and 30 tons of ¾” crushed
stone to the Township of Chester for repairs to the parking area of the Environmental Community Garden Center. The center is the only community garden in the area and is fenced against deer, woodchucks, rabbits and other wildlife. Participants can work with Master Gardeners to learn organic gardening techniques and interact with others in the community with an interest in the environment.
• The Borough of Bloomingdale’s Senior Citizen’s Center
needed 15 yards of ¾” crushed stone for a gardening beautification project. The borough was having difficulty funding the project because of budget restraints and asked for Tilcon’s assistance. The stone was provided by the Pompton Lakes Quarry.
• The Morris Plains Fire Department acquired steel
salvaged from the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center. The steel is being used to build a memorial site at the Intersection of Rt. 202 and Rt. 53 in Morris County. Tilcon donated 200 tons of ¾” crushed stone for the drainage and for the base of the paver patio.
As always, Tilcon is committed to being a good citizen and looks forward to future opportunities to serve local groups.
(L to R) Front – Lilliana Lopez, Adriane Casterella, Emily Ferraro Back – Lauren Abbodanza, Natalie Lopez, Sharon Zagar
NJ Construction, Rt. 18 Crew
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Our Greatest Asset: Tilcon Employees EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION Employee
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Willie Schick has worked at Mt. Hope for over 20 years. Whether driving the tack truck, the Crafco truck, or helping out as a utility man, Willie always makes sure that the job is done right. Well-liked and respected by all his co-workers, Willie is a great asset to the Mt. Hope team. Thank you, Willie, for all your hard work these past 20 years.
Mike has been solely responsible for creating a market for and selling Aglime from Clinton Point Quarry. Made from a waste product in the quarry, sales of this new product benefit both sales and production. Over the past three years, Mike has taken Aglime sales from zero to more than 9,000 tons so far in 2011. (See article, page 27). Last year, his first year on the road, Mike took over the NYC and Long Island sales territory for the job site segment of our business. In every county that he covers, Tilcon showed improvement from the prior year. Our thanks to Mike for his dedication and creativity.
On arriving one morning at the job site on Rt. 18, Ray Mitchell discovered that a local resident had left a note for the crew. The note started off by saying, “I know it’s your job, but . . . thank you for making my ride between Exit 22 and 29 … taking my special needs son to his day program . . . a smooth one. It has made a huge difference!”
Mike DiRenzo Sales
Salvatore Bardi Christopher Delaney Gregory Gilliam Ronald Heddy Bill Heist Randy Hoffman Rony Irias Jimmy LaBell Joseph LaBell Mike LaBell Ray Mitchell Agustin Orellana William Pressley III Leonard Sallustro Anthony Sugar Jeffrey Weiler Kevin Wolf
Congratulations to the Rt. 18 crew on a job well done.
ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES Employee
Bill Poole Alan Maio Anthony Swayze
COO Tilcon, NY Aggregates Manager, China, CRH Head Dispatcher
NEW EMPLOYEES Employee
Jerome Ferri William Kearney Serena Saad
Sales Representative Assistant Controller, NY Accounts Payable Clerk
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RETIREMENTS William Boldt retired on June 3 after 25 years with Tilcon. The epitome of loyalty and dedication, Bill was an Operating Engineer with Local 825. He began his career with Tilcon under the leadership of Len Tellone at the Bogota asphalt plant in New Jersey. He then worked at several plants in New Jersey before settling in New York at the Haverstraw asphalt plant. Multi-talented does not begin to describe Bill’s abilities. He ran many types of equipment and performed an array of maintenance operations on the plants. Well versed in the workings of both Hauck and Gencor burners, Bill was able to keep the plants running, which provided Tilcon with the advantage of having someone “in house” to watch over this important element of production. In addition to his work at Haverstraw, Bill set up RAP kits and waste oil pre-heaters for the Poughkeepsie and Newburgh asphalt plants, supporting Tilcon’s efforts to be environmentally responsible. Bill was available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is someone who never lets his coworkers or managers down. He took it upon himself to use his personal time to research ways to ensure our plants were running as efficiently as possible and determine what modifications were needed for desired improvements.
To say Bill will be missed is an understatement. All of his friends at Tilcon wish Bill nothing but the best in his retirement and want him to know that he has made a tremendous impact on the lives of the people who were lucky enough to work with him.
EMPLOYEE NEWS In May, Mike DiRenzo earned his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Dominican College of Blauvelt.
Lindsay Palefsky, NY Billing Department, welcomed son Chase on 9/19/2010.
Hunter Selman received a 2011 William J. Abbott Scholarship from the NJAPA and the Donald R. Waters Scholarship from the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of NJ. A summer intern at Mt. Hope this year, Hunter is the son of John Selman, Vice President, Equipment. In June, the Boy Scouts of America honored George Thompson, President, Tilcon NJ, with the Distinguished Citizen Award at their 2011 Labor and Construction Dinner. Over 250 people attended the dinner at which George was presented with this well-deserved honor. Will Kearney, Assistant Controller, NY, and his wife Jessica are the proud parents of son Jackson, born on 8/8/2011. Catherine Laudone received a 2011 William J. Abbott Scholarship as well as the Cap Livecchi Memorial Scholarship from the New Jersey Asphalt Paving Association (NJAPA). Catherine is the daughter of Scott Laudone, General Manager, Asphalt/QC. Chase Brian Palefsky
Jim Scibetta, Mechanic, and wife Elisa welcomed son Jackson Tyler on 4/28/2011, making Angelina Dougherty a proud grandmother yet again.
Debora Collazo, NY Credit, and Mario Vega were married on 10/25/2010.
Jackson Scibetta with brother Vincent and sister Grace
On June 13, the Iron Pigs, the Philadelphia Phillies’ Triple A team, held Dog Day at CocaCola Park in Allentown, PA. In conjunction with the event, the Lehigh Valley’s 95.1FM WZZO radio station sponsored a “kissing contest” for owners and their dogs. A prize of $500 in free veterinary care was awarded to the dog who licked (kissed) their owner the longest. Dave Gilley, Dispatcher, and wife Kathy Weiss-Gilley, Inside Sales Fill Coordinator, attended the game with their dog Jed. Kathy and Jed participated in the contest and, while the pair did not win, Jed made quite an impression on the jumbotron! Debora and Mario Vega
Nathalie and Blake Ippolito welcomed son Benjamin on 12/3/2010. Nathalie is Credit Manager at Tilcon NY and Blake works for Buchanan Marine.
Benjamin Ippolito with big brother Alexander
Frank Hung, New Jersey Safety Team Director, and wife Carrie welcomed daughter Chloe Elizabeth on 8/26/2011.
Cierra Hung with new sister Chloe
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Liese Hohmann, Inside Sales Representative, and Anthony Damiani welcomed daughter Vittoria Rose on 5/2/2010.
Justin Choudhury has been accepted into the NYU Stern School of Business. Justin has been with Tilcon since 2008 and is currently employed as IT Developer/Data Base Report Writer. Justin will be attending NYU part-time working towards an MBA in Finance and IT.
Vittoria Rose Damiani on her first birthday, 5/2/2011
Angelina Dougherty welcomed granddaughter Rebecca on St. Patrickâ€™s Day, 3/17/2011.
Dianna Johnston, Mobile Equipment Coordinator, married Brian Greiner on 5/13/2011.
Rebecca Dougherty with proud father Michael
Vuderka Minaya and Pablo Morrobel, Plant Operator, welcomed daughter Briggite Edmmi on 1/26/2011.
Dianna and Brian Greiner
In July, Brian Latourette won an Asphalt/QC Raising the Bar Award. Brian fabricated a ring that holds paving cores firmly in place on the saw table while they are being trimmed for compaction compliance testing. The ring eliminates the need for an associate to put his hand in harm’s way. Brian also fabricated guarding for the saw table.
Gerald “Jerry” Smosarski By Jamie Slaughter, Equipment Jerry Smosarski, Mobile Equipment Superintendent at the Haverstraw/ West Nyack Quarries, started out with Tilcon as a Mobile Equipment Mechanic in February 2001. Already skilled in this trade, he was immediately recognized as an asset and moved to the position of Lead Man for the Clinton Point Quarry Mobile Equipment shop. He next became a traveling Lead Man, working from site to site whenever his skills were required on difficult repairs. Unfortunately, Jerry fell victim to his lower seniority and was laid off on more than one occasion. Not wanting to do without his skills, however, Tilcon NY offered Jerry the position of Mobile Equipment Superintendent in February of this year.
As this issue goes to press, Jerry is continuing his treatments and all is going according to plan. His attitude has been upbeat and positive, and he has been in to work whenever possible. When asked why he doesn’t stay home, he responds, “I love my job and I like to be here. This place clears my head.” We are all pulling for Jerry and hoping for his speedy recovery.
Jerry had an immediate impact on the garage and the men now working for him. He reconfigured the shop, organized the work areas, and implemented Tilcon and OMG programs and initiatives. The efficiency of the garage steadily rose as the machines were repaired and maintained properly. Jerry has also been terrific about sharing his expertise with the men now working for him. In June, Jerry was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. When most of us would hang our heads low and ask, “Why me?,” Jerry’s outlook has been that of a true champion. He shows up to work every day. Even after getting a bone marrow biopsy, he came in late and apologized! He smiled, laughed and said, “I just want to come to work and repair our equipment.” Everyone who knows Jerry can picture him saying this.
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2011’s Summer Interns By Catherine Laudone, Administration Tilcon prides itself on having an internship program that allows students to see how what they have learned in school applies in the actual workplace. This past summer there were 19 interns spread out among various departments and plants. While it was not possible to become acquainted with all 19 interns, I did have the chance to meet three of them—Hunter Selman, Alex Burdi and Catherine Waite. While talking about their projects, all three interns revealed their colorful personalities and optimism for the future.
This was Hunter’s first summer interning with Tilcon in the Public Relations department. He spent most of his time working on two projects. The first was Tilcon’s submission to the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) Safety Award program related to the Possum Portable Skid-mounted Fall Protection System that Tilcon recently purchased. The second involved the development of an emergency response plan for incidents related to falls. This is especially important because suspension trauma in fallen, harnessed employees can cause shock or death. Both projects made good use of the writing and photography skills that Hunter is learning for his Marketing and Digital Art major.
Alex Burdi was also a first-time intern this summer. Assigned to Human Resources, he focused on two main projects, the Intern Breakfast and September Safety Month. Alex managed all the components of the Intern Breakfast, including booking the venue, coordinating the catering services, compiling a PowerPoint presentation that contained information on all the interns’ projects, and acted as Master of Ceremonies for the event. The second project was creating flyers and banners to advertise September Safety Month. While helping with these two events, Alex made good use of the coordination and organizational skills and patience that he’s acquiring, while pursuing a Business Administration major.
What’s one thing that you weren’t expecting from this internship?
“I wasn’t expecting to meet so many executives and for my opinion to matter to others. I had been expecting to do mainly grunt work, but was surprised to find that I would be working on some cool projects. You don’t see so much of that at other internships— working on actual projects.”
Tilcon's 2011 Summer Interns Photo: (L to R) Back Row: Sebastian Lopez, Tom Brown, Justin Leddy, Jerry Manavalan, Christian Peter, Catherine Waite, Daniel Gnagey, Ryan Pancoast, Hunter Selman, Jack Connolly, Kevin Meininger, Alex Burdi, Tom DiGeronimo Front Row: Aaron Thomson, Tyler Fogg, Chrissy Behnke, Kellen Davis, Stephen Whitmore. Photo by Karen Edgar.
When you were in kindergarten, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A a “A kangaroo….no, just kidding—a famous athlete.” Q a What’s your favorite candy bar? A a “Twix.”
do you think your internship projects ties in to Q a How what you’re studying at school? “Working on the Intern Breakfast meant I had to be patient
A a and manage my time well; I’ve been working on these two skills at school. Also, the internship has been a big eyeopener about how a real business is run.” five things would you take with you on a desert Q a What island, provided all your survival needs were met (i.e., food, water, etc.)?
pitching wedge/golf ball, goggles, a book, my laptop, A a “My and a girlfriend.”
Q a What nickname did you acquire here this summer? A a “The Bird Man.”
Hunter Selman. Photo by Alex Burdi.
Catherine was a returning intern this summer. Over the last two summers she has worked closely with the EcoScience company, her supervisor Steve O’Reilly and others on the ongoing Wildlife Habitat Council project. The goal of this project is to preserve and enhance the wildlife and vegetation around the Mt. Hope site, as well as to make the community aware of the environment. This past summer, Catherine also helped with testing for contaminants in the water and air and assisted with a project in Keasby, the objective of which was to devise and implement a method to decrease the amount of dust in the concrete pile and make the pile more aesthetically pleasing in general. In addition, Catherine worked on Tilcon's NAPA Ecological Award submittals. Overall, the organizational skills, positive outlook, and work ethic that Catherine is developing while studying for her Civil Engineering degree all play important roles in each of her projects. Everyone knows the economy is tough these days.
Q a What’s your plan of attack for finding a job after you graduate?
definitely believe in being an independent woman, so A a “Iafter I graduate with my Engineering degree I want to further my education. I want to earn my Professional Engineering License and a Masters degree in business. After that, I hope to network with Tilcon and any other future companies I may intern with for a job.”
Catherine Waite. Photo by Alex Burdi.
Q a What’s your ideal meal? “Baked chicken with ketchup, mashed potatoes, my Aunt
A a Lil’s carrots, pineapple upside cake, and Oreos and milk.”
If you could be good at one odd thing, what would it
Q a be?
A a “I would want to be good at professional dirt biking.”
Alex Burdi. Photo by Hunter Selman.
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Tilcon Celebrates Earth Day This year, Tilcon celebrated Earth Day by holding the third annual Earth Day Photography Contest. The rules for the contest were simple: capture the beauty of our environment in either of two categories, landscape or wildlife. The winners of the 2011 contest are:
Landscape 1st place – Pacific Ocean, Scott Laudone 2nd place – Flower, Susan Pizzuto 3rd place – Ralston Park, John Selman Honorable Mention – Colorado River, Sharon Zagar
Wildlife 1st place – Kodiak Bear, Gary Hubbard 2nd place – Blue Heron, Andrew Mayers 3rd place – Cricket, Hunter Selman Honorable Mention – Three Bears, Brad Carroll Many talented photographers participated in this year’s contest, making it more difficult than ever to select the winners.
2nd Place Landscape, Susan Pizzuto
3rd Place Landscape, John Selman
Honorable Mention Landscape, Sharon Zagar
2nd Place Wildlife, Andrew Mayers
3rd Place Wildlife, Hunter Selman
Honorable Mention Wildlife, Brad Carroll
1st Place Landscape, Scott Laudone
1st Place Wildlife, Gary Hubbard
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Kick-starting Your Day, the Healthy Way By Catherine Laudone, Administration, and Kathy Weiss-Gilley, Sales When asked to describe a breakfast common among Tilcon employees, an anonymous source answered, “convenience store coffee and a donut.” Now, this is not to say that there aren’t some Tilcon employees who make a conscious effort to eat healthy every morning. But, as citizens in a nation of fast food eaters, Americans are known to be experts on cutting corners to save time, especially when it comes to breakfast. Ideally, breakfast should consist of a balance of whole grains, low-fat protein, low-fat dairy, and fruits and vegetables. However, most Americans choose one of three options for breakfast. Option 1: Eating high calorie and high fat foods, such as donuts, bagels, and muffins. Option 2: Forgoing food in favor of drinking highly caffeinated drinks like coffee and soda. Option 3: Skipping breakfast entirely. While each option may appear to yield immediate, positive results—like having a full stomach on a tight schedule and budget, feeling awake, and losing weight—they are actually inefficient in meeting the long-term needs of your body. First, high calorie and high fat breakfast foods usually consist of copious amounts of sugar. Although people may feel “full” right after eating large servings of these foods, they will be hungry again in one or two hours when the sugar has been used up and their blood sugar levels drop.
This often leads to spending more time and more money getting more bad food. Second, caffeinated drinks only alleviate fatigue temporarily and often leave people feeling irritable, unfocused, and tired by mid-morning. Also, people who drink four or more cups of coffee are at risk for serious caffeine side effects at different points of the day, such as insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, stomach upset, increased heart rate, and muscle tremors. Lastly, skipping breakfast completely deprives the body of any fuel; at lunchtime, people tend to binge in order to compensate for not eating in the morning, and this causes weight gain. In contrast, the benefits of eating a well-balanced breakfast far exceed the negative ramifications of the other three options. Eating a healthy breakfast reduces your fat intake, cholesterol, and risk of heart attack. In addition, it enhances concentration and productivity throughout the morning and sets the standard for your food choices throughout the day. Now, you may be wondering how you, personally, can start eating healthier breakfasts. The answer depends on what breakfast option you are currently indulging in.
Kathy Weiss-Gilley at the September Safety Month Pompton Lakes Health Fair. Photo by Karen Edgar.
Breakfast To Go From Your Personal Drive Thru It’s fast, fun, and easy! Just follow a few simple rules: 1. Pick your container. 2. Pick one or two proteins. 3. Pick up to three add-ins. 4. Pick one topping to put you over the top. Containers (Choose 1) Lite english muffin Whole wheat or multigrain low fat or low carb wrap Lite whole wheat or multigrain bread (2 slices) Lite whole wheat or multigrain roll (1) Proteins (Choose up to 2) Egg whites (3) ¼ cup egg substitute ¼ cup peanut butter 1 oz. low fat or fat free cheese such as cheddar or monterey jack 2 slices turkey bacon 1 turkey sausage or pattie 2 tbs. low fat cream cheese Add-ins (Choose up to 3) ½ cup chopped raw vegetables (onions, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc.) 1 sliced banana 1 apple sliced or chopped ¼ cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, etc.) Fresh chopped herbs to taste (garlic, oregano, basil, mint, etc.) Salt and pepper (easy on the salt) Toppings (Choose 1, use a light touch) Hot sauce Ketchup Worchester sauce BBQ sauce Mustard Cinnamon Now, think of what you can add to the list. Remember, variety is key, but start simple and most of all—have fun!
For those who eat high calorie and high fat foods, try eating more fruit and hard-boiled eggs, for protein. These foods come in small serving sizes but won’t have the body needing to eat again so soon. For the coffee and soda fans, gradually wean yourself down to one or two cups of coffee a day so that you don’t experience multiple caffeine withdrawal symptoms at once, like headaches and shaking. Other methods for safely cutting back your caffeine intake are substituting herbal tea or decaf coffee for regular coffee, not letting the coffee brew for so long, avoiding over-the-counter caffeinated medications, and getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep (you won’t need to wake yourself up with caffeine if you’ve had a good night’s sleep). And for those who don’t eat breakfast at all, discipline yourself to eat something healthy as soon as you wake up, even if you don’t feel hungry. If you are concerned about having enough time to implement any of these solutions in the morning, consider preparing food the night before at home or keeping nutritious snacks in your purse or at the office. All in all, changing bad breakfast habits doesn’t happen overnight. It takes determination, discipline, and some prep-work. But once you do settle into a new eating regimen, the positive effects are both immediate and long-lasting. To help kick-start your new routine, try creating breakfast using the guidelines on this page.
SAFETY SAFETY TAKES MINUTES. ACCIDENTS TAKE SECONDS.
Mark Killingsworth, Mechanic, and Tom DiGeronimo, Equipment Intern, demonstrating The Possum Portable Skid-mounted Fall Protection System, a recent addition to Tilcon NJ's equipment inventory. Photo by Hunter Selman.
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