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OMG Midwest’s Minnesota Group, comprised of Southern Minnesota Construction, New Ulm Quartzite Quarries, and American Concrete Products, participated in its first Relay for Life event on July 19 to benefit the American Cancer Society. With a team motto of “Crush out cancer,” “The Crushers” set a goal to raise $1,000. Through extensive fundraising efforts and a passion for helping those in need, the team surpassed its goal by a large margin, raising over $3,200. The Crushers received a Bronze Award, which signified reaching over $2,500 in money raised.

The money was raised through donations, raffles, and Friday morning bake sales. A boulder from one of the quarries was sold as a raffle item and would be delivered for free within 25 miles of the Mankato office. Rachael Eisert, a seven-year breast cancer survivor, won the boulder. Now proudly displayed in her front yard, the boulder serves as a symbol of her cancer journey and a reminder that she is a survivor. The Crushers also hosted a craft night where they painted ‘hope rocks’ and attached cancer ribbons. The hope rocks were sold on the night of the relay. Many of them were sold to children whose family is affected by cancer.

The funds raised by Relay for Life events are used by the American Cancer Society to help communities across the globe fight back against cancer. Last year, the American Cancer Society gave over 300,000 patients a ride to their treatment and its Hope Lodge Facilities housed over 260,000 patients and caregivers free of charge.

Participating in a relay of this caliber would not have been possible without such a united team effort coupled with plenty of enthusiasm and a love for the well-being of others. There were several cancer survivors on the team and they participated in walking the survivor lap. Watching hundreds of cancer survivors walk the survivor lap made the Minnesota Group realize that they really can make a difference.

Southern Minnesota Construction was presented the Key Airport Merit Award for its Fairmont Airport project at the Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association’s (MAPA) annual meeting held in St. Louis Park, Minnesota on December 11th. The Merit Award program was initiated in 1961 and has had a significant effect on the quality of construction by publicly honoring the elite projects in a variety of categories each year. Merit Award projects are rated by an agency-industry panel on ride, joints, appearance, complexity, and adherence to specifications.

Awards were given in several categories, including Perpetual Pavement, Work Zone Safety, Asphalt Paving (Merit Awards), and Ecological Commendations. The award-winning projects were the result of excellent teamwork and dedication to improving Minnesota’s infrastructure in a safe, efficient, and economical manner.

News SMCOn October 26th, a group of third-graders from St. Mary’s School got to experience the much anticipated “Rock Day”: a field trip to SMC’s Owatonna Quarry. The day began with a demonstration by geologist Matt Graham, who taught them the many uses for rocks and talked about the differences in mining sand and limestone. After the demonstration, the students headed to the bottom of the quarry for a close look at piles of rocks and minerals. They even got to collect samples of rocks to take home.

“We have been learning about the layers of the Earth, and this trip gives us a chance to get out into the real world and see a geologist and hear him speak,” said Dee Johnson, a third-grade teacher at St. Mary’s.

“I don’t think we’ve had a class yet where there has been a kid who wants to leave,” said Graham.

National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association Excellence in Community Relations – 2010
NAPA Diamond Achievement Commendation – River Bend Asphalt Plant #1, 2015 and 2016
NAPA Diamond Achievement – River Bend Asphalt Plant #2, 2015
NAPA Diamond Achievement Sustainable – River Bend Asphalt Plant #1, 2016
NAPA Diamond Quality Commendation – River Bend Asphalt #1 Lab, 2015 and 2016
Grading & Base Award – 2015
Sioux Rock Most Improved, Medium Stone Operation Category – per OMG National Performance Committee, 2015
Minnesota Governors Excellence In Safety – 2016
Oldcastle Excellence in Safety Award – 2015
National Wildlife Federation – Kasota Quarry and River Bend 2016