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1st/2nd Quarter 2014 Newsmagazine of the

A Top 400 Contractor


Ranger Shining In Design-Build Strong Finish On I-595/Turnpike Followed By $165 Million In Two I-75 Contracts .......... Page 2 Photo by Carl Thiemann

Also In This Issue: A Word From Leo Vecellio, Jr. ......................................................2 Ranger Adds Projects Throughout Central, South Florida.........3 Vecellio & Grogan Answers The Call For Slide Repair ...............4 White Rock Maintains Steady Supply For Area Road Work .......5 Sharpe Paving On Business 85, Roads In High Point..................5 Vecenergy Adds Vapor Recovery Unit At Port Everglades ........5

Awards Programs Recognize Group’s Safety Focus ............... 6-9 Ranger Earns National & State Quality Awards ..........................9 Smile, You’re On Vecellio Group Camera! ...............................10 New Hires, Promotions & Other Personnel News & Notes .....11 V&G Contracted For Chesapeake Site Work ............................12 Ranger Mechanical Handles Vecenergy Project........................12 Vecellio Group Contact Information ..........................................12

High-Quality Construction & Materials

Heavy/highway and bridge construction, drainage and site development throughout the mid-Atlantic states and beyond in the eastern U.S.

Grading, utilities and asphalt paving/resurfacing in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. A division of Vecellio & Grogan.

Energy Services & Products

Heavy/highway contracting, site development, and asphalt paving/resurfacing across northeastern, central and southeastern Florida.

DOT-certified limerock aggregates and screenings. Located in Miami, Florida, White Rock is one of the top producers in the U.S.

Petroleum products terminals and related services in multiple U.S. locations (total capacity exceeds 2 million barrels).

Design-Build: Ranger Follows Strong I-595 Finish With Two I-75 Contracts

Photos by Carl Thiemann

After building a solid reputation over many decades as a high-quality heavy/ highway and asphalt contractor, Ranger Construction is staking its claim as an elite design-build partner, as well. The company has followed completion of three subcontracts for I-595 Express in Broward County, FL, with two prime design-build contracts worth $165 million on nearby I-75. Ranger also has picked up a $21.9 million D-B contract to reconstruct a section of SR-710 near the Palm Beach/Martin County line. The design-build method, which relies on a contracting team to provide both the engineering and construction, shifts a great deal more responsibility than traditional bidding, in which the state or other project owner comes up with the design that is then bid upon and built. On I-595, Ranger was one of several roadbuilding subcontractors working for Dragados USA, which won the design-build contract to add reversible toll lanes. Ranger built Segment D, realigned the adjoining Florida Turnpike lanes, and placed the final lift of asphalt on the entire 12-mile project length, a total of $113 million in work. On call, day and night for months, Ranger put up to 10 asphalt crews at a time to work in order to meet the final paving deadlines. >>>

Restoring Trust In The Highway Trust Fund

Royal Palm Polo Club

Building and maintaining adequate transporA Word From tation infrastructure is a vital part of society. With such strong bipartisan recognition of its importance, you wouldn’t think finding the funds to pay for it would meet such gridlock. Yet while healthy debate about specific funding mechanisms is legitimate and necessary, let’s keep one thing clear: America has a right to trust in its Highway Trust Fund. We stand in support of long-term funding solutions honoring this commitment and keeping pace Leo A. Vecellio, Jr. with our nation’s infrastructure needs. Vecellio Group, Inc. Chairman, CEO Transportation investment provides many and President proven returns, and road contractors contribute to economic stability through our wide and diverse employee base. We’re proud of our role in this, and wish to thank all our crews and supervisors for not only producing high-quality cost-effective results, but for honoring our 100% commitment to working safely as we do.

Day work (Page 2 and above): Ranger’s I-95 design-build widening job nears completion in St. Lucie County. Aerial view (right): Ranger recently finished a design-build improvement project on I-4 in Seminole County.

Fresh off this success, Ranger’s design-build team was awarded two I-75 Express prime contracts earlier this year for the construction of managed toll lanes within the existing median. Segment C is a 3.6-mile section valued at $85.2 million, and the adjoining Segment D, a 3.7-mile stretch, is valued at $80.4 million. Ranger is partnering with Wantman Group as the engineering firm of record and Cone & Graham as the bridge partner. The two segments are part of a larger initiative on I-75 that will create 15 miles of managed toll lanes extending south from I-595 into Miami-Dade County, with designated entrance and exit points along the way. Ranger also is rebuilding 5.6 miles of SR-710/Beeline Highway in Palm Beach County. The D-B project extends from Pratt & Whitney’s entrance northwest to the Martin County line.

Ranger Lands Multiple New Road Contracts Across Central & South Florida

Photo by Nelson Aerial

Night work (On the cover, page 2 and below right): Ranger put to work up to 10 asphalt crews at a time to complete paving on a massive I-595 Express/Turnpike project in Broward County, Florida.

Photos by Michael Vecellio, Joe Mattlin and Matt Farley

Above: Vecellio & Grogan recently cleared a rock slide along Rte-3 at Sundial, WV. Left: Work on V&G’s $123 million Western Loop project in Greensboro, NC, includes building temporary work platforms to protect the wetlands during road construction. Below left: Vecellio & Grogan crews excavate and haul material on a Rte-83 reconstruction project in Vansant, VA.

V&G Answers Call For Prompt Slide Repairs Amid a number of heavy/highway construction projects underway in multiple states, Vecellio & Grogan continues to answer the call for emergency slide repair work. The company maintains a toll-free number, (800) 255-6575, in addition to its main number, (304) 252-6575, with an option for after-hour calls. In Wetzel County, WV, V&G is providing 64,000 cu. yds. of excavation, drainage and erosion control at the site of an existing Chesapeake Energy well pad originally prepared by another contractor. After the adjacent slope began showing signs of slipping, V&G was awarded the repair contract. Earlier this year Vecellio & Grogan performed slide clearing and slope repair work along roadways in Logan and Raleigh counties, ensuring safe traveling conditions for the public. One of the projects involved the installation of an emergency rock causeway and temporary bridge to provide local residents with access to their homes. Left: Vecellio & Grogan performed complete site development work for Ridgeview School, a combined middle/high school and career center in Clintwood, VA. Below: V&G’s US-321 widening project in Blowing Rock, NC, involves the construction of 40 retaining walls along the route, including this one beside a retail outlet.

Photos by Carl Thiemann

Road Rock Supply

Sharpe Paving Work Includes Business 85 In Greensboro, Roads In High Point Nick Mulls, Manager of Sharpe Bros.’ shingle recycling operation, is proud of the fact that the process adds another “green” source of material for Sharpe’s asphalt pavement mixes, while reducing the amount of waste going to area landfills.

Photos by David Iglesias and Tom Hecker

Vecenergy Adds Vapor Recovery Unit At Port Everglades Terminal




Safety Awards

Keeping our crews and work areas safe is the most important job our team leaders do. It requires attention throughout each work shift, day or night, with regular training sessions and safety meetings to maintain peak awareness of “Job #1” — Safety!


listed left to right unless noted otherwise.)

Congratulations To Sharpe Bros. For Working Well Over 7 Years With No Lost-Time Incidents!

Photos by Rebecca Peeples

Sharpe Bros.

The Vecellio Group is proud to recognize this dedication with our supervisor safety awards on pages 6 through 9, based on criteria tracked throughout 2013. Just a few points separated the four award levels. (Names are


White Rock Quarries

Congratulations To White Rock For Working More Than 2 Years With No Lost-Time Incidents!



Photos by John Riley, Jr.

Congratulations To Vecenergy For Over 3 Years With No Lost-Time! Congratulations To South Florida Materials For Earning a 2014 Safety Excellence Award From The International Liquid Terminal Association!

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Companies Roll Out Safety Decals Promoting Responsibility To Get In Step The Vecellio companies hold regular safety slogan contests among employees to keep the issue of working safely front and center. The winners receive a bonus and their slogans are turned into safety signs or hard hat decals.

At Vecellio & Grogan, Foreman Eddie Hicks, at left, is congratulated by Project Manager Jim Smith for coming up with “Safety – It’s Not An Option, It’s A Responsibility”

At Sharpe Bros., the winning entry was “SAFETY FIRST: That’s How I Roll” submitted by QC Technician Sean Smith, below at center, shown with V.P. Ivan Clayton, left, and Safety Director John Riley, Jr.

At Ranger Construction’s South Operations, covering from West Palm Beach through the Keys, Equipment Administrator Courtney Trout won for her entry: “Get In S.T.E.P.” S - Safety T - Takes E - Every P - Person

Congratulations to everyone for making safety our top priority! More contest results in future issues!




Safety Awards


Ranger Construction: South Operations

Service Truck Operator Joe Chamliss is congratulated by Shop Foreman Richard Morris, right, for working safely for more than three decades (and counting) at Ranger Construction without a single reportable incident, accident or traf-fic violation. Looking on in the background is Vecellio Group V.P. of Safety Mark Ligon. Joe’s advice: Don’t cut corners. You can’t rush safety — and you will save time in the long run by doing the job right.

Congratulations To Ranger Construction for receiving a 2014 Safety Award from the Florida Transportation Builders Association!


Ranger Construction: Central Operations

Also recognized (not shown): Ranger Central’s management team members who achieved the highest level for which they were eligible, including Pete Scholer, Frank White, Jerry Stewart, Mike Neal and Mike Jensen.

Vecellio Group Recognized By Safety Council of PBC The Vecellio Group’s Florida operations received multiple awards from the Safety Council of Palm 1 Beach County at its annual fundraising luncheon. (Photo 1) The Safety Council’s Mark Davis, left, and Harry Lux, right, congratulate Ranger Construction’s President Bob Schafer, Safety Director David Asselin and Vecellio Group V.P. of Safety Mark Ligon. Also receiving awards: (2) Ranger Construction’s V.P. of Operations Ponch Frank, Safety Director Mike Scarborough, Area Manager Sean O’Connell and Safety Director Rick Boardman, with Mark Ligon; (3) Vecenergy/South Florida Petroleum Services’ Safety Director David Iglesias and COO/Exec.V.P. Todd Cannon, with Mark Ligon; and (4) Vecenergy/South Florida Materials’ Todd Cannon, Angel Vega, Gerry Almodovar and David Iglesias, with Mark Ligon.




Safety isn’t the only thing earning awards for Ranger. The company recently received six Excellence in Paving Awards from the Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida, and a Quality in Construction Award from the National Asphalt Pavement Association. ACAF Awards were given for resurfacing work on US-1 in Brevard County (left), US-1 in Palm Beach County, and on A1A in St. Lucie County (right), which received a regional and a statewide award. Improvements to Okeechobee Blvd. in Palm Beach County also earned regional and statewide ACAF awards, as well as an award from NAPA.

Photos by Nelson Aerial

Ranger Wins 7 Quality Awards

Photo by Michelle Dryden

Greg Reilly, center, leads members of Ranger’s accounting department in West Palm Beach on a tour of a site development project. From the left are Debbie Vannucci, Connie Temple, Meredith Connell and Pat Goodman.

Photos by Ponch Frank

Photos by Carl Thiemann

Tonia Garcia, above left, and Rusty Adkins, above right, are part of the support team that keeps things humming along at Vecellio & Grogan’s Beckley, WV, office.

Tony Diaz, Angel Aguero and Gary Daniels, above left, along with other White Rock Quarries’ management personnel, above, participate in a fall protection safety presentation given by Juan Carlos Quesada of MSA.

Photos by Carl Thiemann

Ranger’s Alejandro Uribe, Tony Grout, Jamie Timming, Dan Chotos and Renato Reis participated in the 2014 MercedesBenz 5K Corporate Run held in Miami to benefit the United Way.

HAPPY RETIREMENT TO RANGER’S RICK MORRIS Ranger Construction personnel recently celebrated the career of retired Superintendent Rick Morris, shown above with sons Richard and Michael Morris. At left are Leo Vecellio, Christopher Vecellio, Rick Morris and Michael Correa. Above left are Daleaus Phaitien, Eyon Gordon and Andrew Hodges. Above right and right, the gathering featured a catered barbecue luncheon and was held outside Ranger’s Ft. Lauderdale field office, adjacent to Vecenergy’s Port Everglades terminal.

Getting an early start on his career with Ranger Construction is Hagen Frank, son of V.P. Ponch Frank (and wife, Mitzi, at left), at a “Touch-ATruck” community event in Jupiter, FL. Ranger Truck Driver Richard Paulinski holds Hagen in the photo above.

V&G’s Ruben Adkins Retires After 32 Years long before Ruben After 32 years of FOND FAREWELLs was promoted to service with VecelBridge Foreman belio & Grogan, Bridge cause of his knowledge and skill. Foreman Ruben Adkins has retired. Ruben joined the V&G family of emDuring his career, Ruben worked on ployees in 1984 with the acquisition of numerous heavy/highway construction bridge contractor Foster & Creighton, projects in West Virginia and the Midwhere Ruben had worked since 1982. Atlantic states, including the nation’s first “Smart Road,” in Blacksburg, VA. Originally hired as a Carpenter, it wasn’t

Ray Adkins Calls It A Career

FTBA Scholarships

Several Florida employee dependents are among this year’s recipients of college scholarships from the Florida Transportation Builders Association. Above (L to R) are Ranger’s Greg Evans accepting on behalf of his son Bryan; Ranger’s Marvin Chang and his son Joshua; Cayla Puckett and mother Paula Burgess-Davis of Vecellio Management Services; along with Ranger President Bob Schafer. Also receiving an FTBA scholarship is Ivan Olortegui, left, son of Ranger’s James Olortegui.

WELCOME ABOARD! Ranger Construction

Bernstein, Aaron R. Blauciak, Art Bocardo, Luis V. Bother, Jermaine R. Brooks, Darrell L. Brown, Vernon A. Burns, Raymond Camejo, Jorge L. Castell, Jendry Cruz, Relde A. De Aguero, Maximo Foster, Delroy Gibson, Nikita L. Hill, Robert F. Moore, Stacy

Also retiring in 2014 was Vecellio & Grogan Project Manager Ray Adkins, who came on board in 1998 as a seasoned construction industry veteran. During his 16 years with V&G, Ray served as Project Manager on three Corridor H jobs in West Virginia and two Virginia state roads: Route 288 near Richmond and Route 83 in Vansant. Ray also oversaw site development for Dominion Power’s Hybrid Energy Center (Shaw Constructors) and for Ridgeview School, both in Virginia, and at Sugar Camp Mine in Illinois (Cline Resources).

IN MEMORIAM C. Merritt Bird, a respected industry veteran and later in his career a lead member of Ranger Construction’s Pompano estimating team, passed away earlier this year. He will be sincerely missed.

We extend a warm welcome to all those recently hired (or rehired) who have completed their introductory period through May 31, 2014, as well as the newest members of our management team (in italics). Mora, Eric Pabon, Nelson Pectal, Jason A. Roe, Thomas E. Savoy, Matthew A. Sessoms, Wallace E. Sonson, Wilfred Taboada, Wilber Watson, Maurice O. Whitehead, Javis T. Yates, Phillip J.

Sharpe Bros.

Mull, Nicholas A. Manager Facilities

Vecellio & Grogan *

*and affiliated companies

White, Steve A. Grade Superintendent Bolen, James R. Craig, Thomas L. Joyce, Jackie D. Parr, Chris Pinto, Jose A. Prestwood III, Max G. Ryan, Robert L.


Martinez, Frank M. Rodriguez, Wilkins A. Williams, Eric R. Zevallos, Nadia D.

White Rock Quarries

Alvarez, Ricardo Cristia, Lisandro Herrera, Noel Monzon,Esteban Parra Luis, Vicente E. Paulino, Johanna A. Rodriguez, Rafael Rueda, Jorge H. Thomas, Franklyn A. Vasquez, Luis F.


The Vecellio Group offers to all employees a free Employee Assistance Program for help with personal and family issues. This confidential program can help restore proper work-life balance and find solutions for common everyday challenges, as well as for more serious issues. Examples include: • Referrals for childcare or elder care • Information on building supportive personal relationships • Health information and online tools • Legal consultations • Financial planning assistance • Stress management • Career development For assistance call (800) 854-1446 (English) or (877) 858-2147 (Español).

Tyler Smith Passes P.E. Exam

Tyler Smith, a Project Manager with Ranger Construction, has passed his Professional Engineer’s exam and is now a licensed P.E. in the State of Florida. Congratulations, Tyler!

GREAT JOB! Congratulations to our employees receiving recent promotions. Keep up the good work! (Through May 31, 2014.)

Ranger Construction

Alvarez Infante, Egar Asphalt Plant Operator Covarrubias, Emiliano Asphalt Foreman Espinosa, Yolensis Plant Operator Raessler, Keith Asphalt Broom Operator Rodriguez, Jason Asphalt Finish Roller Operator

The Vecellio Group proudly provides Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for all persons, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or status as a qualified Vietnam-era, special-disabled or other protected veteran.

Vecellio & Grogan *and affiliated companies

Jenkins, Andy Structure Operations Engineer Moles, Brad Grade Superintendent


Coleman, Kevin Terminal Suprvsr/Macon Deopersaud, Sisnarine Dockman - Class 1 Ramos, Raymond Person In Charge Thomas, Keneil Person In Charge


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s V&G Slide Repair In Wetzel County, WV, Vecellio & Grogan is repairing a slide adjacent to a Chesapeake Energy well pad site originally prepared by another contractor. See page 4 for additional V&G projects.

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Ranger Mechanical

Pipefitter/Welder Wilber Taboada of Ranger Mechanical Services works on a jet fuel tank pipe at Vecenergy’s Port Everglades terminal. See page 5 for other recent Vecenergy/Ranger Mechanical work.

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Vecenergy Regional office (& Vecenergy Resources) 1600 SE 17th St. Causeway #400, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 Phone: (954) 467-9774 • Fax: (954) 463-0546

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