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3rd Quarter 2016 Newsmagazine of the

A Top 400 Contractor

“A Tradition Of Excellence Since 1938”

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The Vecellio Group

Construction & Materials Keep On Rolling Florida Leads As One Of Nation’s Hottest Markets • Pages 2-3 Also In This Issue: A Word From Leo Vecellio, Jr., Chairman, CEO & President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Night Paving Work Includes Ranger’s SR-417 Project Near Disney . . . . . . . . . 4 Ranger Widening Section Of US-27/SR-25 Southwest of Orlando. . . . . . . . . . 5 Busy Summer For Ranger Includes Industry Honor, New Contracts . . . . . . . . 6 Ranger Provides Emergency Sinkhole Repair On Turnpike in Miami. . . . . . . . 6 New Construction Method Used On Roadway In Melbourne. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Vecellio & Grogan Keeps It ‘Real’ On US-321 In Blowing Rock, NC. . . . . . . . 8-9

V&G, Sharpe Progressing On Greensboro’s ‘Western Loop’. . . . . . . . . . . 10-11 Sharpe Performing Range Of Services In Piedmont Triad, NC. . . . . . . . . . . 12-13 Ten Miles Of Monroe Bypass In NC Keep V&G Crews Hopping . . . . . . . . . . 14 V&G Developing Airport Site For HAECO Facility In Greensboro. . . . . . . . . 14 Winning Safety Phrases; Smiles; Personnel News & Notes. . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-15 Hon. Thomas Rust Delivers 2016 Vecellio Lecture At VA Tech . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Vecellio Group Contact Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

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 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 two million barrels.

Above: Truck loadout at White Rock Quarries’ main location in Miami, FL. Left: A Ranger paving crew works on SR-417/ Central Florida GreeneWay in Orlando, FL.

Construction & Materials Rebuild Volume Florida’s Rebound Is Among The Nation’s Strongest

COVER: A Ranger paving crew works night shift on SR-417/Central Florida GreeneWay in Kissimmee, FL, not far from Disney World. Above: Ranger’s US-27/SR-25 widening project southwest of Orlando.

There are still long-term funding challenges for transportation infrastructure, and construction as a whole still has room to grow after such a deep downturn and

protracted recovery, but the upturn has yielded a variety of new site development, road construction and resurfacing projects for Ranger’s multiple Florida locations. In Miami, business is steady at White Rock Quarries as it keeps pace with the need for limestone aggregates used in construction materials. A Word From Leo A. Vecellio, Jr. Vecellio Group, Inc. Chairman, CEO & President

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Below: High-capacity loaders at White Rock Quarries’ main quarry in Miami-Dade County, FL, allow fast truck turnaround.

Slow, but steady regrowth in the nation’s construction markets has brought volume back to more typical levels after last decade’s runaway growth, abrupt downturn and long road to recovery. Florida in particular is once again a leading market, with construction in both the commercial and residential sectors reaching a brisk, steady pace.


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Vecenergy’s petroleum terminals in South Florida, meanwhile, are handling throughput levels that reflect the region’s re-invigorated economy, while

Above: Vecenergy’s Tad Todd talks with Crowley Maritime representatives prior to christening of a new fuel tanker making its first commercial offloading stop, at Vecenergy’s Port Everglades, FL, facility. Right: Vince Vega of Vecenergy maneuvers offloading arms for a berthed tanker ship.

terminal locations in Alabama, Georgia, and New Mexico are also keeping pace with their regions’ needs. Construction may not be as robust in all areas, but for the most part volume is up and steady. For example, our operations in the mid-Atlantic states, Vecellio & Grogan and its Sharpe Bros. division, have been hard at work, even as their typical markets and customer base have been redefined. Low energy prices have reduced the demand for coal-mine and gas-field site development, so V&G has been focusing on major heavy/highway projects in West Virginia and North Carolina, along with airport-related site work. Sharpe Bros., meanwhile, is getting good asphalt production from its recently opened Plant 4 near Winston-Salem, NC, expanding its grading and paving business beyond the established Greensboro, High Point and Asheboro markets.

generations of success, we offer competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package, providing great opportunities for well-qualified individuals looking to join our team. We remind all our team members, newly joining us or those who have been with us for many years, that safety is a core principle here, the foundation for everything we do. We encourage you to work properly and efficiently, but above all, to work safely. Right: Vecellio & Grogan’s US-321 job in NC. Below Right: A truck is loaded with asphalt at Sharpe Bros.’ Plant 4 in Kernersville, NC. Below Left: A V&G crew removes an existing culvert during Monroe Bypass work in NC.

Even though the economic rebound has been great news, with it comes increased competition for the best employment candidates. But that’s a good problem to have, all things considered.

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As a family-owned enterprise with four

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Night Work Includes SR-417 In Orlando Improvements on major roadways are often performed at night when traffic is lightest. An example is Ranger Construction’s 16-mile milling and paving project underway on SR-417/Central Florida GreeneWay near Disney World in Kissimmee, FL. Ample signage, barriers or reflective cones, and specialized work zone lighting all contribute to job site safety, as does the law enforcement presence marking the start of the work zone. Page 4 Photos: Asphalt paving crew members, led by Eddie Martin, perform night shift resurfacing on SR-417 near Orlando, FL. Top Left: Water vaporizes on the hot-mix asphalt as a drum roller passes.

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Below Right: Kyle Murray, Dennis Bridger, Keith Reisinger and Zach Horton (far right) get the crew set up for the night’s work.


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Ranger Widening US-27/SR-25 Ranger is reconstructing 6.5 miles of US-27/SR-25 southwest of Orlando, converting the rural four-lane roadway to a suburban six-lane road. Included in the $37.5-million contract are drainage improvements, walls, traffic signals, signage, sidewalks, and pavement markings. Top and Bottom: Hoe Operator Cliff Rayfield excavates material in what will be the median of the new six-lane roadway. Left: Vince Foster (top), under the supervision of Grader Operator Rick Spence, runs a motor grader on the project. Right: Loader Operator Johnny Pruitt (top) and Dozer Operator Adam Rutledge are among the project crew members.

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Below Left: Shallow dewatering allows drainage pipe to be laid.

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Ranger’s Busy Summer Includes Industry Honor, New Contracts ‘Excellence In Paving’ Award

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Ranger Construction received a 2016 Excellence in Paving Award (Rural Resurfacing, Dist. 1) from the Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida for eight miles of work on CR-68 in Okeechobee County. The project extended from US-441 to the St. Lucie County Line, and called for about 17,000 tons of asphalt mix.

Public-Sector Under a $28.7 million contract, Ranger is reconstructing nearly seven miles of SR-70 in Okeechobee, FL. Begun in October 2014, the project is about three-quarters finished. Crews are also working on projects intersecting SR-70, one just a short distance away at SR-710, the other at CR-611/Jenkins Rd. in neighboring St. Lucie County. Those contracts are respectively valued at $2.75 million, covering primarily milling and resurfacing, and $5.4 million, including widening of both roads at the intersection, drainage improvements and more. On SR-710 in Palm Beach County, extending from the Martin County line to Pratt-Whitney’s manufacturing facility, Ranger is converting two lanes into a four-lane divided roadway with a 40-ft. median. The Design-Build project, valued at $21.9 million, was begun in August 2014 and is nearing completion. In Volusia County, on a section of I-4/ SR-400, Ranger is performing a $6.4 million contract to resurface, restore and rehabilitate about five miles of highway extending eastward from the bridge at St. Johns River. To minimize traffic disruption, paving is at night, with trucks hauling asphalt mix from Ranger’s DeBary plant. Elsewhere in Central Florida, Ranger is milling and resurfacing 12.5 miles of SR-33 near Clermont under a $6 million contract.

In Melbourne, construction continues on a section of St. John’s Heritage Parkway, extending south from US-192, under a $12.3 million contract. Begun last year in March, work is scheduled for substantial completion by April 2017. The company is making a number of improvements to SR-60 in Polk County, widening the road, and milling and resurfacing the existing lanes. The $5.8 million contract covers nearly seven miles of roadway and involves drainage work, bridge rail retrofits, shoulder treatment and more. Ranger crews in South Florida are also keeping busy, making progress on SR-786/ PGA Boulevard improvements in Palm Beach County, two I-75 design-build projects in Broward County, and paving as a subcontractor for SR-823/Red Road improvements in Miami, among other work.

Ranger has been working on numerous private-sector projects as well. reflecting the overall improved economy in the Sunshine State. These include a range of site work and paving services for Magic Kingdom and ESPN properties in Central Florida, along with Hattaway Storage and a new Walmart, also in the Orlando area. Additional site and paving projects include a new Publix shopping center in Palm Beach County, Valencia Cove in Boynton Beach, and numerous repaving projects for communities, homeowners associations and commercial establishments throughout Ranger’s market areas. Crews have made improvements to the Florida Mall, Tanger Outlets, Royal Poinciana Plaza, Village Point, Mariner Sands, Green Turtle Cove, Stuart Yacht Club, Heron Wood, Adelaide, Magnolia Plantation, Stonybrook and others.

New Contracts

Ranger Provides Emergency Sinkhole Repair On Turnpike

Photos by Dalton Rachal

After a broken water main caused sinkholes on Florida’s Turnpike in Miami, Ranger Construction sprang into action, working overnight and into the next day to repair and reopen the lanes, earning praise from local and state officials.



Among Ranger’s new contracts are an $8.4 million project to improve the Turnpike interchange at Glades Rd. in Palm Beach County. Work includes widening the northbound off ramp from one to two lanes, replacing a short bridge span to match, and adding about a mile of approach lane on the Turnpike itself. The contract also calls for the addition of dedicated turn lanes onto and off of westbound Glades Road. In Miami-Dade County, Ranger is milling and resurfacing a section of Tamiami Trail (US41/SR-90) under a $4.2 million contract, while in Brevard, crews are milling and resurfacing three miles of US-1/SR-5. The latter project is valued at $3.76 million and includes widening a turn lane, shoulder construction, cross-slope correction, and other improvements along the busy route.

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New Construction Method Used On NASA Boulevard Ranger Construction used a cost-effective, ecofriendly new construction technique on a roadway rehabilitation project in Melbourne, FL.

Crews used specialized equipment to inject liquid asphalt binder into existing road base material as it was churned and mixed together, recycling the material in-place instead of removing and replacing it. The prepped base was then compacted, graded, paved and striped as usual. The two sides of the roadway will be monitored to compare their long-term durability.

Page 7, Clockwise from Top Left: Roller Operator Judy Hatley compacts the reclaimed material; an asphalt tanker linked to a modified full-depth reclamation machine finishes a section of roadway base; workers check the grade of the material; Operator Nick Roser makes a pass with a motor grader; Mechanic Steve Lumadue and a day laborer; Phil Yates operates the reclamation machine, then unlinks the asphalt tanker.

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Photos by Carl Thiemann

After the westbound lanes on a 1.4-mile section of NASA Boulevard were repaired traditionally by rebuilding the road base in layers, work on the eastbound lanes took a different approach.

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KEEPING IT ‘REAL’ Hand-Treated Concrete Mimics Natural Stone On V&G Job V • 4-Mile, US-321 Road-Widening Project ecellio & Grogan is overcoming numerous challenges on its US-321 widening project in Blowing Rock, NC. From limited right of way and work areas, to the strict schedule and maintenance of traffic demands, to the aesthetic requirements of a getaway destination high in the Blue Ridge Mountains, V&G crews are taking it all in stride.

The job’s most distinctive feature? Its many walls. Carving an extra lane in each direction out of the steep, rocky terrain is requiring building 41 retaining walls of various sizes and types throughout the four miles of roadway construction. Most are poured in place using forms that simulate natural stone, with meticulous hand-staining completing the look. Since summer all four lanes of the business corridor are open for weekend traffic, while partial lane closings allow work to continue during the week. Construction is now shifting to other phases of the project.

• Runs Through The Heart Of Upscale Community of Blowing Rock, NC • Extensive Wall Work Includes 41 Separate Structures, Most With Faux Finish • Mountainous Terrain Presents Challenges Due To Limited ROW and Work Areas • V&G Is Subcontractor to Maymead, Inc.

One of numerous concrete walls on the job poured using special forms then hand-stained to create the look of natural stone.

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A crew preps the base for a new sidewalk near the downtown area.


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Background: One of more than 40 retaining walls required on the project. Right: Mike Starnes signals to Hoe Operator Jack Smith while backfilling a newly placed section of 54” drainage pipe. Below Left: Aerial view of a mostly completed section of the project .

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Photo by Mandi Morgan

Below Right: With the mountainous terrain, challenges include extremely limited access.

As of this summer, a stretch of four-lane roadway near downtown has been open on the weekends to accommodate increased traffic.

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Vecellio & Grogan, Sharpe Bros. Progressing On ‘Western Loop’

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Vecellio & Grogan, with Sharpe Bros. as a primary subcontractor, is more than half finished building the ‘Western Loop,’ a four-mile section of Greensboro’s still-in-progress outer beltway known as the Urban Loop. V&G’s $123 million contract covers six lanes of roadway, from Bryan Boulevard northeast to US-220/Battleground Ave., with elevated stretches rising over preserved wetlands. V&G’s section was started in late 2013 and is scheduled for completion in 2018. The project is part of an eventual 44-mile circuit, mostly finished on the southern side of the city, with completion of all sections due by the early 2020s and involving other contractors. Expected to carry the designation I-785/I-840, the Urban Loop will help move traffic through the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina.

Top Left: An asphalt crew led by Todd Nelson paves the mainline. Top Right: V&G Survey Party Chief David Delp checks the readings. Above: Paver Operator Dana Tuttle inspects the new asphalt mat. Left: Use of a material transfer vehicle between the truck and paver helps keep things moving and ensures ride quality. 10

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Above: V&G workers use an extendable bridge basket to take down forms.

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Above Right: Forms are set up for concrete bridge piers. Right: Manolo Rico and Julises Suyas prepare the tanks for welding work. Far Right: Bridge crew members guide rebar during the unloading process. Below: Preparations are made for pouring the concrete bridge deck on an elevated section of roadway.

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Above: Sharpe Bros.’ Plant 2 in Greensboro, NC, loads trucks heading for V&G’s Western Loop job, among other customer projects. Left: Quality Control Technician Ivan Canas measures the asphalt mat density on a Sharpe Bros. night resurfacing job.

Current Sharpe Work Includes Everything From Pipe To Paving

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In addition to supplying asphalt mix and paving services for Vecellio & Grogan’s “Western Loop” project northwest of Greensboro, NC (see pages 10-11), current work at Sharpe Bros. includes pipe work, grading and other improvements to High Point Rd. in east Greensboro; night paving on US-311/I-74 near the city of High Point (pages 12-13); and overlaying nearly 9 miles of asphalt surface mix on US-64 in Asheboro, to the south in Randolph County. Another Sharpe project, scheduled for September through December, is ramp rehabilitation at Asheboro Airport, consisting of milling and resurfacing work. Lined up for spring of next year are resurfacing roads spanning east Forsyth County and northwest Guilford County just outside of Greensboro, as well as resurfacing streets in Rockingham County to the north. Middle Left: Median work on High Point Road in east Greensboro, NC. Left: Night paving on US-311/I-74 near High Point, NC. Below: Patrick Jones, Bill Hill and Timothy Bailey discuss progress on a Sharpe Bros. streetscaping project.


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Above: A Sharpe crew replaces a pipe underneath High Point Road in Greensboro, NC, as part of a streetscaping project. Right: Foreman Donnie Hart uses propane heat to soften an asphalt joint prior to the start of a night-shift paving operation on I-74/US-311 near High Point. Below: A truck bound for the I-74/US-311 job is supplied with another load of asphalt mix at Sharpe’s Plant 4 in Kernersville.

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Monroe Bypass • Monroe, NC

Vecellio & Grogan is making good progress on a 10-mile section of new alignment toll roadway under construction in Monroe, NC, performing pipe and grading work as a subcontractor. Twenty miles in total length, the bypass will alleviate traffic congestion on US-74.

V&G Developing Site For HAECO At Piedmont Triad International Airport Under a contract with Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, NC, Vecellio & Grogan is performing grading, drainage and erosion control to prepare a hangar site for HAECO Americas. The contract value is $7.9 million, with scheduled completion in the last quarter of 2016. HAECO Americas provides jet maintenance, repair, modification, overhaul and aircraft storage services at multiple US locations.

As a leading Mid-Atlantic heavy/highway contractor, Vecellio & Grogan has successfully completed a lengthy list of projects at PTIA in the past decades, with subsidiary Sharpe Bros. providing asphalt mix and paving services. For example, under multiple contracts totaling over $200 million, V&G realigned Bryan Boulevard, built a runway and taxiways, and developed sites for a FedEx distribution hub and a Honda Aircraft facility.

Safety Phrase Contest Winners At V&G, Sharpe


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GREAT JOB! Congratulations to all employees receiving recent promotions! (Through Sept. 15, 2016.) Management team members shown in italics.

We extend sincere condolences to the families of employees or former employees who have recently passed away, including:

Ranger Construction


Kevin M. Blank, Asphalt Supt. Cristina Lolli, Asst. Controller Claudia Mendez, Project Manager Dalton Rachal, Senior Asphalt Supt. Wayne Thames, Asphalt Manager Luis Bustamente, Bulldozer Operator Steven Brower, Screed Operator April M. Burton, Roller Operator Alexis De Armas, Lowboy Driver Cherisse Delaney, Asphalt Distrib. Op. Todd E. Felton, Service Truck Driver Ricky L. Grubbs, Plant Operator

Kyle Murray, Traffic Control Spec. Jonathan M. Ouellette, Roller Op. Trevor Pearson, Traffic Control Spec. Davy B. Pringal, Loader Operator Nicholas T. Roberts, Broom Operator Katrina A. Steele, Roller Operator Christina Valentin, Purchasing Clerk Zaheer Williams, Loader Operator

Vecellio & Grogan* *and affiliated companies

Pedro A. Romero Casas, Bridge Foreman


Jaime Cotero, Senior Director of Engineering Angel Vega, Person-In-Charge

White Rock Quarries

Todd Voytek, Plant Maint. Foreman

Scott Fowler Named As ACAF Director & Secretary Ranger Vice President Scott Fowler was recently named Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida.

WELCOME ABOARD! We’re pleased to welcome all new or returning employees completing their introductory periods through Sept. 15, 2016. We also welcome aboard all management team members (in italics).

Ranger Construction

D’Amico, Gary M. Grade Area Manager Ohrt, Steven W. Grade Foreman Olney, Peter M. Grade Area Manager Abreu Calzado, Julian A. Almodovar, Norman Bancroft, Michael W. Bridges, Eddie T. Burton, Donald G. Carpenter, Dustan E. English, Latonya S. Estrella, Gregoria Glover, Deshawn T. Hernandez, Steve Hewick, Stephen R. Jewett, Tim C. Jones, Kenny M. King, Robert W. Leon Jr., Jose M. Marquez, Samuel Minietta, Michael P. Newhouse, Kenneth M. Nichols, Christopher J. Noriega, Alfonso Pruitt, Johnnie M. Raulerson, Jacob N. Rehwald, Matthew R. Roberts, Nicholas T. Robinson II, Phillip M.

Sands Jr., Michael M. Soler, Reynaldo Thomas, Cody A. Torress Ruiz, Miguel Ungaro, Eric C. Ware, Alonzo

Sharpe Bros.

Michaux Jr, Michael E. Plant Foreman Austin, John S. Bailey, Joshua J. Bowlin, Dana L. Branscome, Karen D. Coggins, Curtis W. Davenport, Emery B. Dunlap, Joseph B. Flores De Lira, Miguel A. Flores Lopez, Luis A. Gray, Reece M. Hawkins, James T. Hicks IV, Isaac L. House, Tyler E. Mireles-Sanchez, Fred J. Payne, Michael D. Pozos, Frederick E. Sierra, Alma R. Theesen, Tyler J. Vega, Jorge B. Wilkes, Tyrone V.

Vecellio & Grogan*

*and affiliated companies

Caviness, Marcellus D. Pipe Foreman Davis, David A. Safety Manager Furbush, Andre V. Bridge Supt. Meek, Jerry M. Project Engineer Meek, Shawn B. Survey Party Chief Mowdy, Alfred R. Concrete Foreman Shuck, Roy D. Grade Superintendent Snyder, Gregory M. Pipe Foreman White, James W. Bridge Supt. Banks, Rabon Billetter Jr., Steven G. Cruz Mulet, Wilson Day, Derek W. Dean, Steven D. Evans, John P. Fleming, Dana M. Fowler, Amber E. Goodwin, Chad B. Hopper Jr., Eugene J. Kirkley, Lonnie D.

Martinez Ruiz, Alexis McDaniel, Ricky A. Miller, Sky P. Mowdy, Michael R. Olea-Mesina, Edilberto Rivera Agosto, Jesus J. Sosa, Juan F. Threatt Miller, Doreen M. Wilkins, Lance A.


Bomback, Luis LaLumia, David A. Russell, Jonathan S.

White Rock Quarries

Meury, Kevin D. Plant Foreman Capote Alvarez, Ivan Fabelo, Rayneer Harris, Trevor E. Lescano, Humberto B. Madrigal Dominguez, Nestor Marrero Toledo, Rolando Martinez Otero, Gendry Prieto, Luis Robleto, Orlando A. Salazar, Miguel Scott, Marcus A. Voytek Jr., Todd Z. Youngblood, Joshua B.

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.

Raymond Maddy, a retired Vice President at White Rock Quarries, has succumbed to illness in his home state of West Virginia. Raymond and White Rock President Jim Hurley grew up together in West Virginia. They worked together at Jim’s father’s quarry, started and operated a quarry across town, then signed on with the Vecellios in 1986 to open a quarry in Miami, Florida. As Quarry Superintendent, Raymond helped build White Rock from the ground up. He managed all phases of mine site development, production operations and the construction of the aggregate plant in 1987. In the following years he was instrumental in designing and overseeing three expansions to the plant, helping build White Rock into one of the top producing, single-site quarries in the US. In 2003, he became Vice President of Operations, serving in that capacity until his retirement 10 years later. Survivors include his wife Linda, also a White Rock employee who retired in 2013.

GENE PEARSON Eugene “Gene” Pearson, a retired Vice President of Ranger Construction’s Fort Pierce operations, has passed away. Gene came to Florida in the late 1970s on a project for another contractor, then accepted an offer to join the Vecellio team so he could remain in Florida. He worked at Ft. Pierce Contracting, which later merged with Ranger, where he helped the company thrive. Finishing out his career with Ranger, Gene retired in the late 1990s. Survivors include grandson Trevor Pearson, a current Ranger employee.

ARNOLD PALMER: LEGEND & ASSOCIATE Also passing recently was golfing legend Arnold Palmer, 87, who was a frequent business associate of Ranger Construction in prior decades. Mr. Palmer worked closely with Ranger’s once-active Golf Division building or remodeling more than two dozen high-end golf courses across Florida and the eastern US, including the Tournament Players Club of Boston for the PGA Tour, and his own hometown course in Latrobe, PA. Known as much for his personal style as for his PGA career, course designs and iconic global brand, Mr. Palmer enjoyed a cordial relationship with the Vecellio family and company executives, including now-retired Golf Division Vice President Shelby Jarrell, who regarded him as both a friend and valued business client.

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Funding the nation’s infrastructure, especially its transportation systems, is the topic of this year’s Vecellio Distinguished Lecture, presented by the Honorable Thomas Davis Rust, PE. Thomas Davis Rust Mr. Rust is a Professional Engineer (Civil) who has served multiple terms as Mayor of Herndon, VA, and as a member of the state’s House of Delegates. Formerly Senior Principal of Patton Harris Rust & Associates, he is currently Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pennoni, Consulting Engineers. The Lecture Series is held each fall at Virginia Tech. It is sponsored by the Vecellio Family Foundation, among its other charitable outreaches, and by individual family members through an endowment to the school’s Vecellio Construction Engineering and Management Program. The endowment also supports scholarships, fellowships and a full professorship at the school. The late Leo Vecellio, Sr. (class of 1938), Leo Vecellio, Jr. (1968) and Michael Vecellio (2001) are all Virginia Tech alumni, as is Mr. Rust.

Past Presenters 2015 – Darrell Waters Project Executive & President, Tappan Zee Constructors 2014 – Hon. Stephen T. Ayers Architect of the Capitol, US Gov. 2013 – Bob Prieto Senior V.P., Fluor Corporation 2012 – Jan Tuchman Editor-in-Chief, ENR 2011 – John R. Hillman President, HC Bridge Company 2010 – Michael C. Vorster Emeritus Professor, Virginia Tech 2009 – Paul E. Torgersen Professor (Dean, Pres.), Virginia Tech 2008 – Henry Petroski Professor, Duke University 2007 – Linda Figg President/CEO, Figg Engineering 2006 – Maj. Gen. Ronald Johnson Dep. Chief, Army Corps of Engineers 2005 – Hans Van Winkle Director, Construction Industry Institute 2004 – Patricia D. Galloway National President, ASCE 2003 – Philip A. Shucet Commissioner, VDOT 2002 – Ted C. Kennedy Chairman, BE&K, Inc. 2001 – G. Wayne Clough President, Georgia Tech

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