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For your review/comments by 7/15/22 please. – Jeff Romaine

3rd Quarter 2023 Newsmagazine of the

A Top 400 Contractor

The Vecellio Group

“A Tradition Of Excellence Since 1938”

White Rock Quarries Serves Aggregate & Asphalt Needs Throughout Florida Page 2

CEO Leo Vecellio Jr. Celebrates 50th Service Anniversary

Pages 6 & 7

Also In This Issue




YEARS E s t a b. 1 9 3 8

Photo by Advize Consulting LLC

Good Fortune Provides Opportunity For Many (A Word From Leo A. Vecellio, Jr.)...................................................2 Sharpe Wrapping Up Multiple Resurfacing Projects In NC.......3 “Blockbuster Breakwater” Gains National Recognition for Vecellio & Grogan..............................................................................4 Ranger Recognized By ACAF For Quality In Asphalt Production & Paving..........................................................................4 Through The Lens: Ranger Construction........................................5 Celebrating 50 Years Of Service & Leadership......................... 6-7

Congratulations To The 2023 Vecellio Family Foundation Scholarship Recipients ..................................................................8-9 Ranger Construction Helps FDOT Address Growing Commuter & Commercial Population in Polk County, FL........ 10 South Florida Materials Corp. Sponsors Interns For Port Of Palm Beach Program....................................................................... 10 New Hires, Promotions, Retirements, In Memoriam..................11 CEO & Founder Of Volumetric Building Companies Delivers 2023 Vecellio Lecture At Virginia Tech..........................12

High-Quality Construction & Materials

Heavy/highway construction, bridge and box culvert construction, drainage and site development throughout the mid-Atlantic states and Florida.

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

Energy Services & Products

Heavy industrial bridge and marine construction services in the southeastern United States. A division of Vecellio & Grogan.

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


Heavy industrial and marine construction services, based in West Palm Beach, 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.

Good Fortune Provides Opportunity For Many

A Word From Leo A. Vecellio, Jr. Vecellio Group, Inc. Chairman, CEO & President

I was fortunate to be able to grow up in an industry that I love, and then work in that industry for the past 50 years. That good fortune has allowed me and my family to help others achieve their own professional goals through the Vecellio Family Foundation. Vecellio & Grogan started in West Virgina and it is important to our family to give back to the communities where the business began. We’re proud to provide annual scholarships to six selected high schools and include an individual student scholarship for youth conservation in West Virginia.

ON THE COVER White Rock crushes excavated limerock to create various sizes of aggregate for customer use. That aggregate is then used for roadway base and embankments, asphalt pavement mixes, and to make concrete products.

We are also very proud to help students of our employees who qualify for consideration in the employee dependent scholarship program. This year we have a total of 15 scholarship packages being awarded. Congratulations to all the young men and women who have proven themselves throughout high school and earned one of these scholarships. Information on these outstanding individuals can be found later in this issue. To the scholarhip recipients, our customers, industry partners and our employees...stay safe and healthy.

White Rock Quarries Serves Aggregate & Asphalt Needs Throughout Florida

White Rock’s fleet of high-capacity CAT off-highway rear-dump trucks (below) carry recently excavated limerock to the crushing plant. The material is processed into DOT-certified aggregate and a range of fine screenings (bottom left). As one of the largest producers of limerock aggregates and screenings in Florida, White Rock ships product throughout the state. Customer service is always a priority (bottom right), with three inbound scales, fast loadout times and six outbound scales providing fast turnaround times for customer vehicles. Photos by Advize Consulting LLC

Photos by Paul Gilliam


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Sharpe Wrapping Up Multiple Resurfacing Projects In NC Sharpe Bros. is working with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) on multiple projects throughout the state including milling and resurfacing of more than five miles of I-40. It includes shutting down eastbound and

westbound lanes three times during the project, which consists of milling nearly 60 thousand tons of asphalt as well as the placement of rumble strips and striping. The five-month project is planned for completion by the end of October 2023.

Additionally, a large resurfacing project in Randolph County includes the milling and resurfacing of multiple roads, as well as shoulder reconstruction, striping and patching. The county work is projected for end-of-year completion.

Photo by Adam Sautter

Randolph County Photos by Tim Bailey

Sharpe Bros. crews mill and resurface multiple roads in Randolph County, NC (top left and right, middle left and below left)

Work continues on the G-765S pump station where large boulders have been placed at the entrance to the pump bays for erosion control when the new pumps are operational.

5.1 miles of roadway on I-40 in Guilford County, NC are milled as part of an $11.5-million project with NCDOT (photos at right and bottom). I-40 Photos by Nick Rodenberg

A riprap system, including filter fabric and bedding stone, will provide additional runoff control for the pump station.

Crews finish clearing the last farm bed on the restoration site.

Photos by Jeff Romaine

Photos by Jeff Romaine

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“Blockbuster Breakwater” Gains National Ranger Recognized Recognition For Vecellio & Grogan For Quality In Asphalt Production & Paving

Photo courtesy of ENR

Ranger Construction was recognized by the Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida at its June 2023 annual convention, in the category of Rural Road Builder. The Wekiva Parkway project from Old McDonald Rd. to Wekiva River Rd. in Central Florida received the recognition due to quality workmanship, timeliness and visual impact. The project was completed in 2022.

Vecellio & Grogan’s design/build project in Tampa Bay, FL, was a recent cover story in a national industry publication, Engineering News-Record (cover at left). Identified as the Sunshine Skyway Seawall Protection & Mitigation project, V&G produced and placed nearly one thousand wave attenuator devices (WADs) to build two artificial reefs along the coast of Tampa Bay. The structures represent FDOT’s first use of what has proven elsewhere to be a faster, better and cheaper method of constructing breakwaters. Moreover, as a by-product of their design, the WADs will, over time, create reefs and replenish nearby shorelines.

Photos by Jeff Romaine

Photos by Jeff Romaine


Photo by Brett Smith

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Ranger Construction

Through The Lens Palm Beach International Airport Ranger Construction is performing central airfield improvements on Taxiway B and rehabilitating the existing shoulders of Runway 14-32. Improvements include new drainage, lighting, and full pavement reconstruction as part of a $20-million contract with the Palm Beach County Department of Airports.

At top, and inset, Cynthia Schott, Loader Operator, checks the rock grade to ensure it is the correct height, while airport traffic proceeds as normal in the background. Derek Fulton, Mill Foreman, performs asphalt milling (above and below) on the apron area of main runway 10L-28R prior to resurfacing and marking. Christopher Soltau, Motor Grader Operator, finishes leveling the base rock on the east end of the apron area (right, top). Oscar Lugo, Wide-Loader Operator clears windrows to be hauled away at a later time.

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CEO Leo A. Vecellio Jr. Reaches a Signif September 2023 marked 50 years since CEO Leo Vecellio, Jr. followed the footsteps of his father, Leo Vecellio, and grandfather, Enrico Vecellio, joining the Vecellio & Grogan organization as the third generation to work in the family-owned business.

A young Leo Jr. holds up a toy bulldozer he received as a Christmas present...a hint of things to come.

Leo Jr. worked summers throughout high school and college in order to “learn the business.” In 1973, after serving a fouryear tour of duty in the USAF, Leo joined Vecellio & Grogan full-time and began formally learning the business that he grew up watching as a child.

Leo Jr. introduces his sons (Michael and Christopher) to the family business at a local V&G project early opportunity for the fourth generation to see the business up close.

One of the first things he accomplished was expand the equipment repair shop in Beckley, WV, to include a welding and engine repair facility, and begin expanding the company’s geographic territory. These moves included North Carolina, and later expanding into Florida and the Bahamas. By 1975, the company had increased their employee base to more than 1,000, which included the acquisition of Black Rock Contracting. In order to introduce Vecellio & Grogan to new potential customers in new markets, and to introduce existing customers to new services, a company and employee newsletter, the VanGuard, was launched. Early in 1975 was also when Leo Jr. met a new future partner, his now wife,

Kathryn Grace Cottrill. Leo and Kathryn were married the following November and have been together for the past 48 years.

A proud Leo Vecellio, Jr. poses for a photograph in his ROTC uniform prior to joining the USAF.


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of Service & Leadership icant Milestone at Vecellio Group, Inc. Three generations of Vecellios: Michael and Christopher (front), Leo and Kathryn Vecellio Jr., and Evelyn and Leo Vecellio Sr.

As the business continued to grow, so did Leo and Kathryn’s family. Christopher S. Vecellio was born to the couple in May of 1977, and Michael A. Vecellio was born on Leo Jr.’s birthday, October 26th, in 1978. The sons joined the company in 2002 as the fourth generation of Vecellios in leadership at the family-owned business. Both Leo Jr. and his father saw great potential in the Florida market where construction had limited weather delays and work was continuous throughout the year.

serving the Greensboro-Triad area. Hal Jones Contractor in Jacksonville, FL, was the next large acquisition, adding a high level of marine construction services to the Group’s portfolio. Then Murray Logan Construction in West Palm Beach, FL, a well known, family-owned business, also joined the Group. Like his father, Leo Vecellio Jr. has always believed that employees are the life blood of the business. He is respected by employees at every level of the organization and has been since becoming part of the business in 1973.

Additional acquisitions came in 1980 with PAVEX Corp, and 1981 with Ft. Pierce Contracting. 1985 marked the beginning of White Rock Quarries. Following that, the company launched Vecenergy, the Group’s energy division which included South Florida Materials Corporation and South Florida Petroleum Services. Another stop for the Vecellios was North Carolina, acquiring a local construction company, Sharpe Bros.,

Fall of 2023 marks 50 years of service to Vecellio & Grogan, and the Vecellio Group overall. Congratulations to Leo Vecellio Jr. for his professionalism and leadership over half a century.

Leo Jr. (middle) Michael (left) and Christopher Vecellio review project plans in their West Palm Beach, FL facility.

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Vecellio Family Foundation The Vecellio Family Foundation has been providing scholarship aid to selected graduating high school seniors across multiple schools in West Virginia, as well as eligible dependents of Vecellio Group employees. Since the program began in 1973, and including 2023, more than $3.8 million has been granted to 445 individual students. Nine West Virginia high school students were granted a $10,000 scholarship with the funds to be disbursed over four years to the schools being attended. The scholarships are made available to graduating seniors at specific West Virginia high schools. All recipients are selected by independent review boards - not by the Foundation or the Vecellio Group. Selections are based on students’ SAT/ACT scores, school transcripts and additional factors that help indicate a likelihood of future success.

Selected West Virginia Scholarships

Scholarships awarded through the Foundation’s West Virginia programs were established to give back to the communities where Vecellio & Grogan began building its business so many decades ago. Natalee Prichard, a student from Liberty High School, received a Leo A. Vecellio, Sr. Memorial Scholarship and will attend West Virginia University. Braylie Wiseman, representing Shady Spring High School, also received a Leo A. Vecellio, Sr. Memorial Scholarship, and has chosen to attend West Virginia University Institute of Technology. Another Shady Spring High School recipient, receiving a Leo A. Vecellio, Sr. Memorial Scholarship, is William Adkins. William will attend West Virginia University. Three students were selected from Woodrow Wilson High School to receive scholarship assistance. Bria Blume is attending Marshall University on a scholarship in memory of Rick Vecellio, Leo Jr.’s late brother. Sydney Vaught will attend Marshall University on the Al Jantutolo Memorial Scholarship, and 8

Sophia Hall, recipient of a scholarship honoring Wilburn and Helena Whitton, is attending West Virginia University. The Wilburn & Helena Whitten Memorial Scholarship was established by Tim Whitten, recipient of a VFF scholarship in 1975. Others receiving assistance include Adrianna Buchanan, representing Independence High School. Adrianna is a recipient of a Leo A. Vecellio, Sr. Memorial Scholarship and will attend West Virginia University Institute of Technology. Morgan Walker, from McDowell County, West Virginia, is this year’s recipient of the Dr. Dante Castrodale Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of Leo A. Vecellio, Sr.’s brother-in-law, a well-know physician in the area. And this year’s recipient of the Rick Vecellio Memorial Conservation Scholarship/Youth Conservation Award is Isaiah Ash who is attending West Virginia University. 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 Scholarships

Scholarships that are granted to dependents of current employees of Vecellio Group are given in memory of Leo A. Vecellio, Sr., one of the cofounders of Vecellio & Grogan.

Maria earned straight As from sophomore to senior years in high school, earning her two college scholarships. Maria is attending Indian River State College on Florida’s Treasure Coast, and working toward her degree in Business Administration. She hopes to work in an operations setting to gain the experience needed to one day manage her own business.

Daria Hernandez is the daughter of Marc Hernandez, a Technical Business Analyst for Vecellio Management Services. During her time in high school, Maria received the Girl Scouts Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive. Another outstanding achievement was receiving the Cambridge AICE Diploma which encompasses the “gold standard” Cambridge International AS & A Level qualifications, and requires passing a minimum of seven collegelevel exams. Daria is attending Indian River State College, and is planning to major in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her professional goal is to become a Speech Pathologist.

Maria Alice Calais is the daughter of Alfredo Chavez, an Asphalt Paver Operator, in Ranger Construction’s Central Division.

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to all the 2023 Vecellio Family Foundation scholarship recipients


Mackenzie Holt, daughter of James Holt, an employee at Ranger Construction, graduated high school with a 4.5 GPA, the second highest in her class. More impressive is that she did that while dual-enrolled at Polk State College, graduating Summa Cum Laude with an Associates Degree. Mackenzie is enrolled at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Criminology. After receiving her Bachelors Degree, she plans to continue her education to get her Masters/Doctorate in Psychology.

Blazek “Cooper” Michael is the son of Allison Michael, Contract Manager at Vecellio & Grogan. Cooper graduated Summa Cum Laude from Woodrow Wilson High School in West Virginia, and was a member of the National Honor Society. He is attending West Virginia University Institute of Technology with plans to major in Engineering with a focus in Computer Science. When not in school, Cooper is either working at one of his part-time jobs, spending time with friends and family, or, as an avid golfer, hitting the links.

The Vecellio Family Foundation, at its discretion, funds 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, 2024.

ADDITIONAL INDUSTRY SCHOLARSHIPS IN FL Sophia Kapsos is the daughter of Kurt Kapsos, a Sr. Project Manager at Murray Logan Construction. One of Sophia’s proudest accomplishments is graduating high school with an IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma. Majoring in Psychology, she plans to pursue a future career in the field of Forensic Psychology. While education is her major focus, Sophia is a sports fanatic and enjoys playing sports as a good balance to her school work. Sophia is attending the University of Central Florida.

Lucas Ward is the son of Ryan Ward, Trucking Manager at Ranger Construction’s Central Division. Lucas completed the Deland High Engineering Academy, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He is attending Daytona State College, majoring in Engineering Technology. Lucas hopes to start his career with a focus on Mechanical Engineering. When not at his job or in school, Lucas loves to be outdoors... hunting, fishing, welding, or working on cars and other vehicles.

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In Florida, employee dependents may also be eligible for scholarships from several trade associations, with eligibility requirements listed within their respective websites: • • • •

Florida Transportation Builders Association (

Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida ( Engineering Contractors Association of South Florida ( National Utility Contractors of South Florida (


Ranger Construction Helps FDOT Address The Growing Commuter & Commercial Population In Polk County, FL Ranger Construction is working with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on a $61-million renovation to Polk Parkway/SR-570 in Polk County, FL. The project includes widening Polk Parkway between Old Dixie Hwy. (CR546) to south of Pace Road, six miles in length (or 24 lane-miles). Construction of a new interchange at SR-570 and Braddock Road is also underway, as well as the widening of Braddock Road from west of SR-570 to Berkley Road. New ramps have been constructed at SR-570 and Braddock Road, but they will not open until the electronic tolling sites are complete at the interchange (photo at right). Ranger started the project in 2021 and it is planned for completion by mid-2024. Photo courtesy of

South Florida Materials Corp. Sponsors Interns For Port Of Palm Beach Program South Florida Materials Corp., a division of Vecenergy, has been a regular supporter and sponsor of the Port of Palm Beach internship program. This summer, SFMC sponsored two students who were given multiple challenging tasks to complete during their internships. These realworld projects provided the students with

opportunities to expand their knowledge and experience while assisting the business in achieving existing business goals and objectives. The ability to help the growth and confidence of tomorrow’s leaders is paramount to the success of the industry, and SFMC is proud to be a partner with the Port of Palm Beach in this effort. Photos courtesy of Port of Palm Beach

SFMC Terminal Manager, Eddie Palenzuela (right) speaks with interns Jillian Sullivan (far left) and Taylor Nance (second from left) as they tour the Port of Palm Beach facility with faculty advisors, at the start of the program.

Photo courtesy of

Port of Palm Beach District Board Chairwoman Dr. Jean L. Enright and Board Secretary/Treasurer Dr. Deandre Pool (middle of photo) congratulate the 2023 interns as they receive their Certificates of Completion for the program.


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The Vecellio Group welcomes new members of the management team (in italics), along with new and returning employees who have completed their introductory periods through September 30, 2023!

Congratulations to those receiving pro­motions through September 30, 2023! (Man­agement in italics.)

Hal Jones Contractor

Hal Jones Contractor

Parker, Jacob A. – Project Manager Brooks, Frank H. Corker, Terone W. Parker, Lewis A. Pierre, Fednol Trenchard, Tyler J. Worley, David W.

Murray Logan Construction Smellie, Cleveland G.

Ranger Construction Beatty, Jacob R. – Grade Foreman Hurley, James K. – Quality Control Technician Kobak, Pablo N. - Survey Manager Magallanes Jr., Felix S. – Project Engineer Sapp, Clyde S. – Grade Superintendent Alexander, Devin M. S. Allen III, Harold E.

Beacham, Tenkamein A. Bush Jr., Jerry L. Causey, Quolton L. Clifford, Erik T. Davis, Zackary Q. Farabee, William J. Feki, Adelson Foster, Ashlyn S. Fowler, Kenneth W. Gill, Kimberly R. Hamby, Timothy W. Haygood, George A. Imbert, Bonito J. Jackson, Keith Jean Paul, Peter Joseph, Luckson Kelly, Alexis C. Landgraf, Austin C. Lewis, Kaseim Y. Lopez Santiago, Felix M. Lupien II, Paul H. Manzano, Luis Miguel Membreno, Yasser J. Mendez, Crystal S. Ocasio, Jose L. Osorio Alvares, Jose M. Rivera Llabres, Cristopher Saint-Victor, Jackenson E. Santamaria, Eli Sheppard, Anthony Q.

Simmons, Lavell L. Smith Jr., Reginald A. Stevens, Samuel R. Suarez Diaz, Luis Swarm, Bart T. Tilton, Ike Timbers Jr., Landon J. Torres Medina, Ronnie Ware Jr., Alonzo Webster, Trey A. Whitaker II, Robert O. Williamson, Joel C.

Sharpe Bros. Johnson, Felissa L. McNeil, Aaron D. McNeill, Jeffery D. Nohlburg, Stephanie D. Siler, Jameson D.

Vecellio & Grogan Brown, Daniel S. Charter, Charles R. Gadomski, Dustin H. Jeffers, Hailey E. Littles, Nathaniel C. Luna, Adriana Soto, Lester J.

Tolve, Evan T. Zamora Vaquera, Jose

Vecellio Mgmt. Svcs. Torres, Ernesto J. – Senior Network Engineer Stevens, Nicholas R.

Vecenergy Amaro, Luisa N. – Assistant Controller Gonder, Kahmari M. Martinez, Aryan A.

White Rock Quarries Diaz Jr., Ruben A. – Plant Foreman Sigler, Carlos P. – Pit Foreman Alvarez Viera, Yosdany Fernandez Moscoso, Luis E. Garcia Ramos, Julio C. Gorrita Varrabia, Nivaldo E. Harrell, Jarius J. Izturiz Crescente, Isabel C. Rainford, Michael W.

Sheppard, Anthony R. – Bridge Foreman Reed, Sarah S. – Assistant Controller

Ranger Construction Allee, Bryan - Grade Utility Operator Hunter Jr., Terry D. – Off Highway Truck Driver

Sharpe Bros. Riley Jr., John E. – Senior Safety Manager


Abelardo Borrego

Abelardo Borrego was a Dragline Operator with White Rock Quarries. He began his White Rock career in 1993 and has been a valued employee for 29 years. His expertise will be greatly missed at the quarry, and we wish him all the best in his retirement.

Charles Carbet

Charles Carbet, Truck Driver, joined Ranger Construction in 1987, retiring after 36 years. Charles was known for his reliability and even helped train new drivers, building long-term relationships with them and other team members. He was so well respected that foremen would request him for projects. His service to the industry will be missed by everyone he worked with.

Ricardo O. Dominguez

Ricardo Dominguez, Working Foreman with Murray Logan Construction, has been providing quality service and support for our marine business since 2015. Ricardo has been a valued member of the Murray Logan team and his work ethic and experience will be missed by all.

Maritza Gonzalez

Maritza Gonzalez came to Ranger in 2008 with the acquisition of APAC’s Medley, FL, operation. Starting as a lowboy driver, Maritza’s professionalism allowed

her to help train new Lowboy Drivers and also assist contract drivers. Her flexibility and dependability gave her opportunities to drive multiple types of vehicles, and her expertise will be greatly missed.

Samuel H. Ingram

Vecellio & Grogan Elliott, Anthony D. L. – Bridge Laborer

White Rock Quarries Aguilera, Roger – Equipment Lubeman

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 drugfree and do not tolerate discrimination, harassment or racial bias.


R E TI R E ME N T S The Vecellio Group extends best wishes to those who retired in the first half of 2023. Their many years of valued service are greatly appreciated!

Bailey, Michael C. – Plant Operator Trainee Lanier, Andrew J. – Asphalt Distributor Operator Sibri, Pablo L. – Asphalt Raker Wilson, Quandon H. – Asphalt Distributor Op.

The Vecellio Group extends deepest sympathies to the family, friends and coworkers of those we lost during the third quarter of 2023. They will be missed.

Sam Ingram spent his early years at Ranger on the rock and grade side of the business. More recently, his career was focused on paving as an experienced Roller Operator. Sam’s expertise, quality, and dependability will be missed by all on the Ranger team.

Cydric P. Litts

Cydric Litts started his White Rock Quarries career in 2003. He retired this year after 20 years of exemplary service, most recently as a Crusher Operator. As he enters retirement, his managers and coworkers congratulate Cydric and wish him well.

Rebecca W. Peeples

Rebecca Peeples joined Sharpe Bros. in 2012 and was an Administrative Clerk when she retired in July. Rebecca was a dedicated employee and the office will not be the same without her.

Raul A. Taylor

Raul Taylor retired after 15 years with Vecenergy as a Dockman. Raul gave 100% every day he stepped out onto the SFPS dock and was an integral part of the team. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and work ethic. Raul plans to return to his native country of Panama during his retirement.

Michael N. Scarborough Mike Scarborough retired from Ranger Construction earlier in 2023 after being with the company for nearly 20 years. Sadly, Mike’s retirement was cut short after losing a battle with a long-term illness on September 28th, two weeks short of his 71st birthday. Mike was an exemplary employee, a mentor to many, and a friend to all. Our hearts go out to his two sons, Michael and Matthew, his grandson Steele, and other family and friends who will miss him so much.

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P.O. Box 15065 West Palm Beach, FL 33416

High-Quality Construction & Materials l Office

s Asphalt Plant

n Materials

HAL JONES CONTRACTOR l 720 Talleyrand Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32202 P.O. Box 3257, Jacksonville, FL 32206 Phone: (904) 355-5885 • Fax: (904) 355-7648 MURRAY LOGAN CONSTRUCTION 313 65th Trail North, West Palm Beach, FL 33413 Phone: 561-686-3948 • Fax: 561-686-7465



Vaughan Buckley, CEO of Volumetric Building Companies, delivered the 2023 Vecellio Distinguished Lecture titled “Risks and Opportunities in the Global Construc-

South Division Office (and Ranger HQ) l 1645 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33409 P.O. Box 15065, West Palm Beach, FL 33416 Ofc: (561) 793-9400, (800) 969-9402 • Fax: (561) 790-4332 s West Palm Plant: (561) 784-3485 • Fax: (561) 784-4033 Central Division Office 1200 Elboc Way, Winter Garden, FL 34787 Office: (407) 656-9255 • Toll-free: (800) 769-8383 s Plant: (407) 749-6262 • Fax: (407) 656-3188


Additional Ranger Locations

s 4510 Glades Cutoff Road, Ft. Pierce, FL 34981

Phone: (772) 252-5990 • Fax: (772) 466-9559

s 17800 NW 122nd Ave, Hialeah (Miami), FL 33018 Phone: (305) 828-9464 • Fax: (305) 818-7172

SHARPE BROS. l 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

s 7809 Lebanon Rd., Greensboro, NC 27409

Phone: (336) 605-3775 • Fax: (336) 605-7065

s 3970 Liberty Rd., Greensboro, NC 27406 Phone: (336) 674-0138 • Fax: (336) 674-6997

s 4572 High Point Rd, Kernersville, NC 27284 Phone: (336) 355-1818 • Fax: (336) 346-8160 VECELLIO & GROGAN l 2251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV 25801 P.O. Box 2438, Beckley, WV 25802-2438 Phone: (304) 252-6575 • Fax: (304) 252-4131

l 9250 Bay Plaza Blvd, Suite 315, Tampa FL 33619 Phone: (813) 393-8191 • Fax: (813) 792-6370

WHITE ROCK QUARRIES ln 18300 NW 122nd Avenue, Hialeah (Miami), FL 33018 P.O. Box 15065, West Palm Beach, FL 33416 Phone: (305) 822-5322 • Fax: (305) 824-1433

Advanced Energy Services & Products VECENERGY

tion Industry.” Vaughan founded Volumetric Building Companies in 2009 and led its expansion into a global powerhouse in the industrialized construction industry over the past 14 years. More than $2 billion in projects have been constructed utilizing modules designed, manufactured, or assembled under Mr. Vaughan’s direction. He recently led the business through a series of successful acquisitions including a substantial portion of the global assets of Katerra Construction, acquisition of the Polcom Group in Europe and the U.K., and the purchase of the former Deluxe Modular factory in Berwick, PA - creating one of the largest, vertically integrated volumetric construction technology companies in the world. This year’s lecture was held on October 20th at the Hancock Auditorium on the Virginia Tech campus located in Blacksburg, VA.

Virginia Tech alumni include the late Leo Vecellio, Sr. (class of 1938); Leo Vecellio, Jr. (1968); and Michael Vecellio (2001). Past Presenters 2022 - David Curfman, Naval Chief Engineer 2021 – DJ Gribbin Founder, Madrus 2019 – Ross Myers CEO, Allen Myers, Inc. 2018 – Wayne A. Crew, P.E. General Secretary of the Nat’l Academy of Construction 2017 – Kristina Swallow Incoming 2018 ASCE President 2016 – Honorable Thomas Rust Vice Chairman, Pennoni 2015 – Darrell Waters Project Executive & President, Tappan Zee Constructors 2014 – Hon. Stephen T. Ayers Architect of the Capitol, US Government 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, President), Virginia Tech 2008 – Henry Petroski Professor, Duke University 2007 – Linda Figg President/CEO, Figg Engineering 2006 – Maj. Gen. Ronald Johnson Deputy 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, Virginia DOT 2002 – Ted C. Kennedy Chairman, BE&K, Inc. 2001 – G. Wayne Clough President, Georgia Tech

Main Office (& Vecenergy Resources) 3200 SE 14th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 Phone: (954) 467-9774 • Fax: (954) 463-0546 Alabama — Montgomery Terminal 200 Hunter Loop Road, Montgomery, AL 36108 Phone: (334) 265-7071 • Fax: (334) 265-7072 Florida — Port Everglades South Terminal 1200 SE 32nd St., Dania Beach, FL 33316 Phone: (954) 467-9775 • Fax: (954) 468-0003

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