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On Tuesday, April 15th, OMG Midwest ‘sprung into health’ by throwing its first corporate health fair for employees. The fair encouraged employees to live happier, healthier lives by making more health conscious choices every day. Nearly 100 employees attended the fair and all services were provided free of charge.

From January to April, a health fair committee met one to two times a month to plan the details of the ‘Spring Into Health’ health fair. Several vendors were in attendance to provide information about fitness and gym memberships, proper nutrition and dietary supplements, medical and vocational case management, and physical therapy. There was also a nurse practitioner present to administer health screenings, which included BMI, blood sugar, and blood pressure tests. A Hy-Vee dietician informed employees how to make the most nutritious choices when grocery shopping. Employees found this station particularly interesting because they learned that different types of lettuce, canned and frozen vegetables, cereals, and nuts have different nutritional values. Perhaps the biggest hit of the day was the massage therapists.

Employees who visited certain booths were entered for prize drawings from the vendors. There were many great prizes, including free gym memberships, a barbeque basket, dietary and weight loss supplements, gas gift cards, and 30 minute to an hour massage sessions. OMG Midwest conducted a grand prize drawing for a FitBit. A healthy lunch of salmon filets, grilled chicken, vegetables, and fruit was catered by Hy-Vee for lunch.

Positive feedback was received about the day as a whole and many employees expressed their intention to set fitness or weight loss goals, using what they learned during the fair to help them reach these goals. OMG Midwest plans to make the health fair an annual event.

American Concrete set the bar high for its commitment to environmental responsibility: earning the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s (NRMCA) Green-Star designation at all 34 of its facilities throughout Iowa and Minnesota.

As of the end of July, 17 locations had achieved the designation, which recognizes facilities that use environmental management systems, strive for continuous improvement in sustainability and adhere to the essential environmental and sustainability principles of the ready mix industry. American Concrete expects to meet the goal.

An American Concrete ready mix plant in May 2011 became the first facility in Iowa to earn the Green-Star designation.

“The example that American Concrete has set is a reflection of Iowa’s concrete culture,” said John Cunningham, associate director of the Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association. “We’re an industry that produces a material with many naturally sustainable benefits. We’re proud of that fact, and we’re committed to enhancing the methods of production that will yield even more benefits to the environment.”

Employees of Hallett Materials are focusing on safety — and the results are clear.

Three Hallett operations — the Ames plant, the North Des Moines plant, and Portable Wash Plant No. 3, which travels through western Iowa — have received five consecutive zero-citation inspections by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) in the last five years. This accomplishment is even more impressive because multiple inspectors conducted the inspections.

The Lakeview Boyer pit in Wall Lake and the Hallett Stripping Crew #1 have both received four consecutive zero-citation inspections. Furthermore, in recent months, the entire Oldcastle Materials Midwest Group has ranked among the best in the nation in low number of MSHA citations despite a skyrocketing number of inspections.

Cessford Construction’s Donnellson Quarry is the proud recipient of the Oldcastle Materials Group’s Aggregates National Performance Committee Sustained Performance Award in the small quarry category. Donnellson Quarry has achieved the highest OMG performance in the nation for the past three years in terms of safety, production, cost controls, and other key factors. OMG Midwest president Craig Lamberty presented the awards to each crew.