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3rd Quarter 2017 Newsmagazine of the

A Top 400 Contractor

The Vecellio Group

“A Tradition Of Excellence Since 1938”

‘Diamond’-Level Plants Commended

CEO Inducted Into Construction Academy

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Photo by Carl Thiemann

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In This Issue: Vecellio Group CEO Inducted Into National Academy of Construction. . . . . . . . . 2 Ranger, Sharpe Bros. Earn NAPA ‘Green Diamonds’ For Plant Operations . . . . . . 2 Several Interstates And US Routes Getting A Sharpe Makeover In NC. . . . . . . . . . 3 Vecellio & Grogan Takes Bridge Work On The Road. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 V&G Wraps Up Route 10 Job in WV, Picks Up Steam On NC Projects. . . . . . . . . . . 5 Ranger’s Backlog Includes Six Miles Of Work On Wekiva Parkway. . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Safety Procedures Include Storm Preparation & Recovery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 White Rock Trucks Move Mountains Of Limestone, 150 Tons At A Time. . . . . . . . . . .8 Working Safely Produces Impressive ‘No Lost Time’ Results For Vecenergy. . . . . 8 Scholarships Top $3.2 Million, Providing Aide To 380 Students. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Personnel Notes: Smiles, New Hires, Promotions, Respect The Workplace. . . 10-11 Vecellio Distinguished Lecture Features Kristina Swallow, ASCE President. . . . . 12

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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.

Vecellio Group CEO Inducted Into National Academy of Construction Leo A. Vecellio, Jr., the Vecellio Group’s ChairThe Academy is among numerous organizations man, President and CEO, is being inducted into the that have recognized and welcomed Mr. Vecellio’s inNational Academy of Construction. sights and experience over the years. The induction ceremony will take place at the He was elected 2007-2008 Chairman of the Academy’s annual meeting, held this year in October American Road & Transportation Builders Associain Washington, D.C. tion, then served for the next nine years as Chair of The mission of the Academy, which has met anits Transportation Development Foundation. He also nually since 1999, is to recognize and honor individuhas held many other notable membership and leaderals for their distinguished contributions to the industry ship roles within industry and business organizations, and to share this reservoir of expertise as a service to earning myriad honors and recognitions along the Leo A. Vecellio, Jr. the nation. way. “It is a great honor to be inducted into the Academy,” VecelOn the charitable front, the Vecellio Family Foundation has granted more than $3.2 million in college scholarships since 1973, lio said. “I look forward to joining my esteemed colleagues as a along with supporting many other educational and charitable causes. member.”

Ranger, Sharpe Bros. Earn NAPA ‘Green Diamonds’ For Plant Operations

Photos by Carl Thiemann and Uriel Segarra

Ranger’s Westley Baker, above, greases fittings at the company’s Winter Garden plant (also at right), which had a new drum installed earlier this year (bottom right). Below is Sharpe’s Plant 2 in Greensboro, NC.

The Vecellio Group’s active asphalt plants all have received National Asphalt Pavement Association Diamond Achievement Commendations for excellence in operations. In Florida, Ranger Construction serves customers with asphalt plants in Winter Garden, Debary, Ft. Pierce, West Palm Beach, Pompano, and Miami. Sharpe Bros., a light grading, utilities and paving division of Vecellio & Grogan, has three asphalt plants in the Greensboro, NC, area, and a shingle recycling operation. The “Green Diamonds” are an annual recognition program based on meeting numerous plant and operational protocols.


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Above and right: Sharpe crews pave a final lift of modified friction course, using Ultra Fuse nontracking tack, on I-840 in Guilford County, NC.

Several Interstates And US Routes Getting Sharpe Makeover In Greensboro, NC Sharpe Bros.’ current projects include upgrades and new construction on several major roadways in the Greensboro, NC, area. Sharpe is the prime contractor for improvements to I-840, I-40 (Business), and US-311 (Business). The I-40 work includes about three miles of asphalt overlay, spread atop a paving fabric installed by a subcontractor ahead of the paver. On I-840, Sharpe corrected existing drainage issues, milled and filled a section of the mainline and ramps, and is laying a top lift of friction course. US-311 (Business) is being widened for improved access to the Sophia, NC, post office. As a subcontractor, Sharpe is providing the asphalt and paving services for a new NC-68 interchange at US-220, which is set for future designation as I-73. Crews recently completed widening the shoulder of northbound 68, then switched traffic to the final pattern. Sharpe is working with prime contractor Branch Highways on the project. Above right: A paving crew works on US-311 (Business Route) in Randolph County.

Photos by Walker Moffitt and John Riley, Jr.

Left, right and below: Sharpe performs shoulder-widening and top-lift paving work on NC-68 in Guilford County.

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Above and left: Vecellio & Grogan is winding down work on its “Western Loop” job, four miles of new highway construction in Greensboro, NC.

V&G Takes Bridge Work On The Road lion job that also involves bridge work for an interchange reconstruction at Route 232. In Scott County, VA, two Route 23 spans over the North Fork Holston River are being replaced in a $6.5 million contract. Vecellio & Grogan is also working in Florida, home of its 13-bridge I-95 interchange project completed in Palm Beach County in the 1980s (and resurfaced by Ranger Construction two decades later). This time, V&G is performing bridge work for Ranger on a new design-build section of Wekiva Parkway/Toll SR-429 in central Florida. Lead contractor is Superior Construction Company.

Photos by Andy Furbush, David Davis and John Riley, Jr.

Vecellio & Grogan has built highways and bridges all over the mid-Atlantic states and beyond. Now officially recognized as an AISC Certified Steel Erector, V&G’s current work includes bridge projects in Virgina, North Carolina and Florida. The company’s $123 million “Western Loop” project, nearing completion in Greensboro, NC, features substantial bridge work, including elevated sections of roadway over existing wetlands. V&G’s four miles of work are part of a future I-785/I-840 outer beltway around the city. Near Radford, VA, V&G is replacing an I-81 bridge over New River, a $48 mil-

Above left and above: Vecellio & Grogan bridge crew members work on a project in Radford, VA. 4

Above: V&G is building new bridge spans over the North Fork Holston River in Scott County, VA.

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HAECO Site Development

Photos by Gary Butters

Vecellio & Grogan is performing grading and drainage work (including installing a fire suppression foam runoff tank, left) for a HAECO Americas hangar at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, NC.

Vecellio & Grogan Wraps Up WV-10 Job, Picks Up Steam On Several NC Projects ects underway, including multiple North Carolina jobs. (Also see page 4.) The company is widening a fourmile section of US-221 in Ashe County under a $58 million contract. Crews are also grading and laying 10 miles of pipe in Monroe for a US-74 bypass. And in Blowing Rock, an upscale community in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Vecellio & Grogan is winding down four miles of US-321 widening. Among its newest projects, V&G has received a $19 million contract to build an I-26 interchange at US-74 south of Asheville.

Photo by Rob Williams

Vecellio & Grogan recently finished construction of a $40-million, 1.74-mile section of WV-10 in Logan County, WV, a job that featured several bridges in addition to substantial excavation. The project was noted for 3.4 million cu. yds. of excavation in very difficult terrain, with restricted work area. Other details included construction of a temporary causeway, and a reinforcedearth retaining wall more than 120-ft. high, one of the largest in the state. Crews also overcame weather-related delays, from foggy mornings drastically limiting visibility, to excessive rainfall impacting jobsite conditions. V&G has several other major proj-

Right: V&G has completed work on a new section of Route 10 in Logan County, WV.

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Tanger Outlets, Daytona Beach

Photo by John Fischetti

Ranger recently completed asphalt paving work at Tanger Outlets, a major retail center located in Daytona Beach, FL. Performing as a subcontractor for Jon M. Hall Company, Ranger installed over 8,300 tons of asphalt on the project.

Ranger’s Backlog Includes 6 Miles Of Work On Wekiva Parkway Ranger Construction is in the initial stages of building a new section of Wekiva Parkway (Toll SR-429) in central Florida under a $52.4 million design-build subcontract with lead partner Superior Construction Company. In addition to Ranger and SCC, team members include Wantman Group as lead designer, and design partners Arcadis and Finley Engineering Group. On the western half of the nearly sixmile project, Ranger’s work includes building the mainline roadway, as well as the service and access roads; installing drainage; building retaining walls; and erecting two bridge structures in Lake County. Vecellio & Grogan is handling the bridge work under a separate subcontract. Ranger is also providing pavement construction for the entire length of the project. Although the job is still in the design phase, with construction scheduled to begin next spring, the area to be cleared has

essentially been determined, so that work could begin much sooner. Among Ranger’s new projects is building roadway approaches along SR-19 for a bridge over Little Lake Harris in Lake County as a subcontractor to LeWare Construction Company. Started in June, Ranger’s work includes clearing, earthwork, drainage, pavement and related services. Also in Lake County, work continues on SR-25/US-27. Ranger is reconstructing, including widening, a six-mile section of

the roadway under a $37.46 million contract, with an completion date of October 2018. The company is building a new section of Crosstown Parkway in Port St. Lucie as a subcontractor to Archer-Western, extending the corridor from I-95 east over the St. Lucie River to US-1. The Parkway is the third such east-west route for the bustling city in southern St. Lucie County. In Ft. Pierce, Ranger is winding down work on SR-615 (N. 25th St./Martin u

New Service Vehicles Added New equipment at Ranger Construction includes several service trucks set up for asphalt projects. The trucks carry equipment fuel and lubricants, and can also transport crew members.

Photos by Carl Thiemann

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Ranger Construction’s Renato Reis leads tours of Ranger’s West Palm Beach asphalt plant as part of a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties’ career mentoring program. High school students toured the facilities, visited the office, and met with management, learning not only about road construction, but about business operations in general. They also received tips on resume preparation, interviewing techniques and more. 6

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No Goofing, Disney Thrilled

— Blake Harlow Facility Asset Management Walt Disney World Resort

Luther King, Jr. Blvd). Started in February, the 1.1-mile project for FDOT has included milling, resurfacing, drainage improvements, and other upgrades. Ranger is resurfacing and making other improvements to just over four miles of SR-809/ Military Trail in Palm Beach County under an $8.5 million contract. The work extends from SR-802/Lake Worth Rd. to SRA Ranger paving crew lays asphalt on a SR-615/ N. 25th St./ 80/Southern Blvd. Martin Luther King, Jr., improvement project in Ft. Pierce, FL. Crews continue working on a Glades Rd. ramp connecting The same is true for Ranger locations with Florida’s Turnpike in Boca elsewhere in the state, with county, city and Raton under an $8.38 million contract. subdivision projects performed to the same In Broward County, Ranger is milling high standards the company observes on all and resurfacing 7.2 miles of SR-25/US-27. its larger jobs for the public-sector. The $8.4 million contract is due for comAmong these larger projects, the completion next spring. pany is in the latter stages of work on two Besides working on federal- and stateI-75 design-build projects under contracts funded road projects, Ranger also specialtotalling more than $165 million. izes in resurfacing projects for local gov“Project Manager Greg Reilly and ernments and private subdivisions. many others have been working very hard For example, the company has annual to overcome difficult circumstances and resurfacing contracts with Palm Beach unforeseen conditions on these jobs,” said County and several of its municipalities, Ranger President Bob Schafer. including Wellington, Palm Beach GarIt’s just the latest example of Ranger’s dens, and Palm Springs, in addition to recommitment to providing valued customers surfacing the streets and parking areas of with high-quality results, on projects of any numerous private communities and condo size. n associations.

Staybridge Suites, Dania A Ranger crew led by Foreman John Parker is doing site work for a new hotel in Dania, FL. After clearing the trees, unsuitable foundation soil was replaced with aggregate materials.

Safety Procedures Include Storm Prep & Recovery

Photo courtesy of FDOT

“I cannot thank you all enough for your level of excellence, professionalism, safety consciousness, and willingness to assist and remain flexible.”

Ranger’s valued customers include the Disney family of properties in central Florida. Beyond providing grading, draining and paving for multiple expansions, renovations, parking lots, access roads and more, Ranger stepped up to help after Hurricane Irma tore through in September, earning animated praise from Disney officials.

With an eye toward safety first, preparing for storms is a detailed and well-practiced routine for Ranger Construction, as it is for the Group’s other operations in Florida and eastern states. Protocols are in place for dealing with everything from frequent afternoon thunderstorms to occasional major weather events, like this summer’s Hurricane Irma. Such procedures help keep road construction sites safe and make all available lanes ready for evacuation traffic, if it becomes necessary. Afterward, the recovery process is also systematically applied. Ranger is a first responder, on call to help clear roadways of trees or other obstacles for emergency vehicles and other first responders, as well as for utility trucks and equipment. Ranger also stands ready to spring into action to repair roads that are washed out or made unsafe by storm surges or flooding. After critical safety and traffic flow needs are addressed, attention returns to ongoing road projects. Excessive rain, though, takes a toll on production schedules and causes unavoidable delays. Although contracts typically include provisions for such delays, Ranger does everything possible to minimize their impacts and push road work through to completion.

Photos by John Parker and Mike Scarborough

“I just wanted to take a moment to reach out to Ranger and offer my debt of thanks for everything you helped us accomplish after Hurricane Irma.

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From summer’s usual heavy rains to major storm events, preparing for and recovering from the effects of weather are all in a day’s work for Ranger’s numerous facility and project locations in Florida.

After work sites are shut down, cones are loaded for storage during Hurricane Irma.


Making continuous trips at White Rock’s main Miami, FL, quarry location, the company’s fleet of 150-ton capacity haul trucks bring mined limestone from the pit (below left) to the crushing plant (above), where aggregates are processed, sized and sorted, then loaded into customers’ trucks with high-capacity loaders (below).

Photos by Carl Thiemann

Moving Material

Working in the petroleum industry keeps Vecenergy on its toes. The Group’s energy division has worked six straight years without a lost time incident. Operations include petroleum products terminals in New Mexico, Alabama, Georgia and at two ports in south Florida, South Florida Materials Corp. at Port of Palm Beach provides liquid asphaltic cement to area asphalt contractors. The facility also throughputs diesel fuel. At Port Everglades, South Florida Petroleum Services LLC provides vessel offloading. Vecenergy also owns and operates a terminal there. Elsewhere, Vecellio & Grogan’s affiliated mechanics’ shop, Beckley Equipment Repair, has surpassed 4.5 years without any lost time, while White Rock and Sharpe Bros. lead the other divisions with more than two years each. 8

Photo by Carl Thiemann

Working Safely Produces Impressive ‘No Lost Time’ Results For Vecenergy

Vecenergy owns and operates bulk petroleum products terminals in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and New Mexico, totaling more than two million barrels of capacity. (Macon, GA, facility shown.)

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Scholarships Top $3.2 Million, Providing Aide To 380 Students Since Vecellio Family Established Charitable Foundation In 1973


hanks to the Vecellio Family Foundation, this year a dozen graduating high school seniors received scholarships totaling $114,000 to help with their college educations. More than $3.2 million in scholarship funds have been granted to 380 students since the non-profit Foundation was established in 1973 by Vecellio family members. Assisted are graduating seniors at selected West Virginia high schools and programs, and up to three eligible dependents of Vecellio Group employees. (See sidebar.) In 2017, 11 students were each granted $10,000, while another is receiving $4,000 through the generosity of a former scholarship recipient. All funds are disbursed over four years. Independent review boards, not the Family Foundation or Vecellio Group, select each year’s recipients based on SAT/ ACT scores, school transcripts and other factors indicating likelihood of success.

Employee Dependent Scholarships

Selected WV Scholarships Additional scholarships were awarded through the Foundation’s West Virginia programs, established to give back to the communities where Vecellio & Grogan began building its business so many decades ago. Taylor Walker, representing Shady Spring High School, received a Leo A. Vecellio, Sr., Memorial Scholarship and is attending Marshall University. Liberty High School graduate Hannah Pioch, who also received a scholarship in memory of Leo A. Vecellio, Sr., is attending West Virginia University Tech. Three students from Woodrow Wilson High School received scho­larships. Matthew McGuire is attending West Virginia University in memory of Leo Vecellio, Sr.; Derek Gilbert is attending Marshall University in memory of Rick Vecellio, late brother of Leo Vecellio, Jr.; and Kim Le is attending West Virginia University in memory of Al Janutolo, a key V&G employee in the company’s early years.

Three scholarships were granted this year to dependents of employees of the Vecellio Group, given in memory of Leo A. Vecellio, Sr., one of the cofounders of Vecellio & Grogan. Karah Culicerto is atKarah Victoria Makayla Culicerto Payne tending West Virginia UniSofranec versity, where she is studying early education. Her From Independence High School, mother is Michele Wikel, Controller at Heather Kiblinger is attending Alderson Vecellio & Grogan. Broaddus, aided by a Leo A. Vecellio, Sr., Victoria Payne is pursuing her higher Memorial Scholarship. education at University of North Florida, In McDowell County, Micah Addair where she is studying nursing. She is the was awarded a Dr. Dante Castrodale Medaughter of JR Payne, Equipment Manmorial Scholarship, named in honor of ager at White Rock Quarries in Miami, Leo A. Vecellio, Sr.’s brother-in-law, who Florida. was a well-known physician. Micah is atMakayla Sofranec is attending East tending Bluefield College. Georgia State with the goal of a Public The recipient of this year’s Rick VeRelations degree. She is the daughter of cellio Memorial Conservation ScholarJeff Sofranec, a Terminal Operator at ship/Youth Conservation Award is TimoVecenergy’s Macon, Georgia, petroleum thy Eads, who is attending West Virginia products terminal. University.

The Foundation is also assisting Mary Ervin. She is attending Marshall University on a Wilburn & Helena Whitten Memorial Scholarship, which was established by Tim Whitten, a VFF scholarship recipient himself in 1975. The Vecellio Family Foundation also supports numerous other educational, civic and charitable organizations. At Virginia Tech, for example, an endowment supports not only scholarships and fellowships, but a full professorship. EMPLOYEE DEPENDENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM The Vecellio Family Foundation, at its discretion, funds up to three scholarships each year to depen­dents of employees of Vecellio Group, Inc., and its subsidiaries and divisions. To be eligible, a student must be a graduating senior and be a dependent child (natural or adopted) of a Vecellio Group employee (any company or division) who has at least one year of continuous active employment prior to January 1st of the student’s graduation year (scholarship year). A fully independent scholarship review and selection committee awards the employee dependent scholarships, choosing from among all eligible applicants. No one from the Vecellio Family Foundation, the Vecellio Group or any of its subsidiaries is involved in the decision. Employee Dependent Scholarship applications are available to all eligible employees of all Vecellio Group companies. Contact your local Human Resources department for an application, which must be completed and turned in by March 1, 2018. ADDITIONAL FLORIDA SCHOLARSHIPS In Florida, dependents may also be eligible for scholarships from the Florida Transportation Builders Association and the Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida. For details and deadlines, see and, or call your HR representative.

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Row above, from the left: A paving crew works on Tulip Drive in Central Florida. Michael Reed is Trucking Manager at Ranger’s Winter Garden office. Asphalt Foreman Todd Nelson of Sharpe Bros. in Greensboro, NC, leads a safety meeting on a night shift project.

Photos by Carl Thiemann, Brittany Bradley and John Riley, Jr.

Row below, from the left: Kristen Walls stands ready at Vecellio & Grogan’s booth at a recent recruiting event. T.J. Dennis and a commercial tanker driver talk at Vecenergy’s Birmingham, AL, fuel terminal. Ranger’s James Avant, Jordan Gibson and Richard Morris refuel the back-up generator at the company’s West Palm Beach headquarters after Hurricane Irma knocked out power.

Photos courtesy of FTBA and Brittany Morgan

Bob Schafer Installed As FTBA Chairman

Above: At the FTBA’s 2017 convention, Ranger Construction received “Best In Construction” awards for its FL-710/Beeline Highway design-build reconstruction project in Palm Beach County and US41/FL-90/Tamiami Trail resurfacing work in Miami. From the left are outgoing FTBA Chairman John Morris, Walter Kloss of Wantman Group, Ranger VP Ponch Frank, FDOT Secretary Mike Dew, FHWA Florida COO David Hawk, and Ranger VP Scott Fowler. 10

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PERSONNEL NEWS & NOTES G REAT JOB! Congratulations to employees receiving promotions through Sept. 15, 2017! (Management team in italics.)

Ranger Construction Ponch Frank, VP – Plant Operations (Lateral executive move) Johnny Green Sr., Asphalt Superintendent Dennis Hubbard, Asphalt Foreman James Moretz, VP – South Operations Michael D. Moss, Asphalt Superintendent Fernando Reis, Asphalt Foreman

Ranger Construction Betancur Ortega, Mariana; Operations Engineer Monjaraz, Pablo E, Asphalt Foreman Taylor, David F. Survey Mgr (Drone) Ward, Ryan C., Project Engineer Alberto, Jesus Barber, Kory L. Boucher, Robert M. Brewer, Warren D. Brito Jr., Cesar R. Brockman, Derrick T. Brown, Tarence D. Carbajal, Venancio Chambers, Rodrick C. Cobb, Demetri P. Cobb, Dominic D. Collins, Demetrice L. Darby, Timmy Del Castillo, Daniel Diaz, Wilfredo Espinoza, Urbino Ewing Jr., Baron A. Gabriel, Rommel Garner II, Antonio T. Gill IV, Jack J. Gonzalez Gonzalez, Bryan Gonzalez, Otilio Greenwood, Logan J. Harris, Marcus L. Hendrix Jr. William Herrera, Ernesto E. Hicks, Anthony R. Hill, Ashton C.

Britney D. Smith, Project Engineer Jamie Timming, Operations Mgr Brittany J. Bradley, Business Development Analyst Alfredo Chavez, Roller Operator Esteban Covarrubias, Screed Operator Gipsy Duran Martinez, Loader Operator Urbino Espinoza, Concrete Finisher

Hill, Terry Johns, Dyllan T. Josey, Michael A. Karash, Josie R. Layport Jr., Jeffrey A. Leon Hermoso, Jose B. Maroney, Michelle L. Mckenzie, Tashaud Meigs, Jody J. Mercado Ruiz, Santos I. Mincey, Leevone Minus, Lavinsky D. Mora, Michael Morris, Cameron J. Murphy, Justin K. Nazir, Ameer Nelson, Tara L. Oliver, Nicholas D. Patterson, Joseph A. Prado Ramos, Arian Prince Jr., Johnny L. Richmond, Antonio G. Robinson, Cedrika T. Romanoff, William P. Ruiz Jr., Nicholas Sanders, Alison J. Sands, Jesse M. Santana Jr., Eddie Sisson, Wayne A. Smith, Leonard V. Sobers, Marlon T. Teran, Junior A. Toj Fuentes, Isaias D. Valentin, Xavier F. Waldman, Bryan A. Watson, Joel D. Webber, Christopher M. Webster, Monica M. Wheeler, Sherry L.

Johnny Green Jr., Asphalt Lead Shawn D. Harkless, Shop Admin Benito Juarez Farfan, Screed Operator Michael A. Jones, Screed Operator Margarito Lopez Moreno, Shuttle Buggy Operator Jose C. Pagan, Loader Operator Bhojnarine Ramjas, Tanker Driver Alison Sanders, Safety Coordinator Jamie R. Swindle, Trucking Coordinator Quentin J. Walker, Screed Operator Joshua E. Yawn, Shuttle Buggy Operator

Vecellio & Grogan* *and affiliated companies Elieser I. Rosa, Pipe Foreman Joseph D. Phillips, Bridge Carpenter Hunter P. Scott, Off-Road Truck Driver Juan F. Sosa, Pipelayer Cody J. Webb, Estimator Trainee

Vecenergy Riley K. Boyle, Environmental & Regulatory Compliance Administrator

WELCOME ABOARD! Please join us in welcoming our new or returning employees who have completed their introductory periods through Sept. 15, 2017. We also welcome new management team members (in italics). White, Edward E. Williams, Solom L. Wood, Terry L. Xavier, Marc E.

Toomes, Anthony W. Velazquez, Joel Watkins, George S. Witty, James T.

Sharpe Bros.

Vecellio & Grogan*

Carmichael, Daniel W. Plant Foreman Aguiar, Sergio A. Brenon, Thomas R. Carter, Brian A Carter, Charles T. Dawes, Clifton E. Dawson, Darreus L. Gonzales, Alejandro Jaimes Rodrigues, Catalino Johnson, Aaron D. Littleton, Matthew E Loftis, Gregory D. Mason, Daryl H. Mendez, Freddy Michaux, Jamie O. Rasberry, Christopher R. Reagan, Allen G. Reed, Jamie S. Ross, David L Runnerstrom, Justin A. Shamburger, Bradley S. Smith, Michael L. Tenorio, Roxanne B.

*and affiliated companies

Lucas, Christopher C. Grade Foreman Meek, Philip D. Grade Foreman Abbott, Matthew B. Acord, Farlen F. Adkins, Colton L. Ball, David W. Barfield, Josh A. Barr, Randy P. Brewer, Leonard H. Buchanon, Antonio Calhoun, Edward E. Cardoza, Victor M., Jr. Cerna-Giron, Adan Church, Thomas S. Cifaldo, Michael A. Coston, Paul Anthony Crump, Brandon L. Davis, Beatte Dent, Robert B.

Respect The Workplace The Vecellio companies insist that all employees respect the workplace. Regardless of personal differences or level within the company or division, everyone has a right to be treated respectfully. We do not allow, and will not tolerate, discrimination, a hostile work environment (including sexual harassment) or racial bias. We maintain a confidential, tollfree ethics hotline. To report any concerns, call (877) 210-7643.

Duncan, Jared L. Duncan, Robert S. Evans, Micheal P. Farmer, Daniel K. Fitzwater, Kathy Fortune, Theodore C. Fritz, Justin R. Fritz, Leonard W. Futchko, David R. Gonzales, Aharon M. Graham, Joshua P. Hamby, Timothy R. Harris Jr., Gerald E. Hayes, Brian D. Johnson, Joshua S. Lanuza Calderon, Oscar A. Manley, Joshua Allan Manns, Donald A. Melton, Michael W. Miller, Sage A. Olea Cruz, Ana L. Osborne, James A. Pannell Jr., Duane R. Parks Jr., James L Perry, Duane K. Phillips, Joseph D. Robinson, John L. Rosa, Adis Y. Rosa, Vicente B. Ruiz, Mario C. Sayers, Rocky Scott, James P. Selders, Matthew S. Serrano Lopez, Emanuel Smith, Charlie L. Spence II, Gilbert J. Testerman, Jeffrey D. Varela Mercado, Douglas J. Villarreal, Roberto R.

Walls, Kristen T. Waycaster, Travis D Wheeler, Patrick H. White, Timothy W. Jr. Wilcox, Lindsay J.

Vecellio Mgmt Services Hernandez, Marcos McGill, Christopher R. Molina, Rosa M. Patel, Jigneshkumar A.

Vecenergy Bomback, Daniel E. Chavez, Jacob A. Rivera, Perrie S. Singleton, Blake E Young, Corey L.

White Rock Quarries Cejas Gutierrez, Adrian Crespo, Bryan Facey, Conrad R. Franklin, Jeffrey A. Garcia Valero, Roberto Gonzalez Perez, Roberto Hernandez, Jose R. Jackson Jr, John L. Lincoln, Ksean T. Olivera Prieto, Bryan Ramirez, Jorge L. Reyes, Derek Simoneau Negrin, Rider Valdes, Yoel E. Young, Anthony Preston Zamora, Amado J.

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. We maintain workplaces that are drug-free and do not tolerate discrimination, harassment or racial bias. VanGuard • Newsmagazine of the Vecellio Group • 3rd Quarter 2017


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Plant Phone: (305) 828-9464 • Fax: (305) 818-7172 Office Phone: (305) 718-8070 • Fax: (305) 718-8184

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ASCE President Kristina Swallow Addresses Civil Engineering Challenges At 2017 Vecellio Lecture Preparing the next generaThe Lecture Series is held tion of civil engineers is the topic each fall at Virginia Tech and is of this year’s Vecellio Distinsponsored by the Vecellio Family guished Lecture, presented by Foundation and individual family Kristina L. Swallow, a City of members through an endowment Las Vegas Program Manager and to the school’s Vecellio Constructhe 2018 President of the Amerition Engineering and Management can Society of Civil Engineers. Program. The endowment also Kristina L. Swallow The increasing population supports scholarships, fellowships and urbanization challenges of the 21st cenand a full professorship at the school. Virginia Tech alumni include the late tury will require innovative strategies to Leo Vecellio, Sr. (class of 1938); Leo Vecelmeet numerous environmental, economic lio, Jr. (1968); and Michael Vecellio (2001). and sustainability concerns, she notes.

SHARPE BROS. 204 Base Leg Road, Greensboro, NC 27409 P.O. Box 35387, Greensboro, NC 27425 Phone: (336) 235-2756 • Fax: (336) 235-2743


n 6311 Burnt Poplar Rd., Greensboro, NC 27409 (Shingle Recycling Center) Phone: (336) 708-7662

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