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CYD Golden Gate Quarry Achieves Zero Safety Citations

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On January 8, 2018, the Conrad Yelvington Distributors (CYD) Golden Gate Quarry (GGQ) opened its gates at 6:00 am just like any other day. Except that later that day an MSHA Inspector made an unexpected visit to the quarry.

MSHA stands for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration and it enforces the federal mine safety and health act of 1977. During these inspections, The MSHA Inspector looks for any conditions that may adversely affect the health and safety of a mine operators employees. The inspector looks at mobile equipment, vehicles fixed plant equipment guards, road signage, housekeeping of the entire facilities, PPE for employees, insufficient berms and much more.

They also ensure that employees are properly trained on each piece of equipment and each task assigned and that all safety documentation is correct and approved training plans are being followed.

Since 2011, when CYD assumed responsibility for the quarry’s operation, there have been (12) completed MSHA inspections with 54 citations issued. But on this inspection day in early January 2018, CYD Golden Gate’s team met ALL the challenges before them and proudly announced their facility had received zero citations. Yes, ZERO citations!

What may be most astonishing about this accomplishment, however, is the fact that the quarry and the crew had recently survived the devastation of Hurricane Irma just months before. The quarry was damaged and not operational for several weeks. Most of the employees’ homes were damaged and their families lived without power and water for 6-8 weeks. But with all that was happening in their personal lives, they continued to come to work each day, focus on safety and dedicate themselves to make CYD Golden Gate Quarry operational once again and safer than ever before. This achievement of a zero-citation inspection was a complete team effort from every person in every area of the CYD Golden Gate Quarry and each person taking pride and ownership for their area is why the team at GGQ has been so successful.

Conrad Yelvington Distributors Acquires A-Mining

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In December 2017, the Preferred Materials Region of the South Division invested in two companies; Prestige Concrete Products and A-Mining.

Conrad Yelvington Distributors (CYD) of the Preferred Materials Region, which acquired the A-Mining limestone quarry in Lamont, FL has completed the on-boarding orientation and training process for the 30+ person A-Mining team. The quarry produces a wide range of Construction Aggregates and Agricultural Lime to support the North Florida markets.

The team has been hard at work to ensure a smooth transition for our newest customers. Additionally, the A-Mining team and other CYD personnel got right to work on many Safety and Operational improvements including enhanced equipment guarding, 5S initiatives, and improved traffic flow.

CYD Donates 700 lbs. of Food Through Donation Drive

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Employees at CYD Central East & North Florida regional facilities put their “helping hands” together in 2016 to bring extra smiles to families in need during the holiday season. Collections at seven CYD sites began in mid-November and continued until late December. Donations were then dropped off once before Thanksgiving and again before Christmas. Charities that benefited from the holiday charity drive included Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Halifax Urban Ministries of Volusia & Flagler County, Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs and Inner Faith Services of Marion County. Over 700 lbs. total of assorted food items were donated and included 118 lbs. from the CYD Jacksonville facility alone! While the focus started with a holiday food drive, employees quickly added more charities to the mix and collected several boxes of children’s toys for the “Toys for Tots” organization as well as pet items & supplies needed by “Pawsabilities Rescue Group,” a local no-kill animal rescue group that relies solely on donations & volunteers. Conrad Yelvington Distributors truly did “create smiles for miles!”

Preferred Materials and CYD sponsors Hunger Project

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Employees and families from Preferred Materials and Conrad Yelvington Distributors sponsored a Hunger Project at Feeding Children Everywhere in Longwood, FL. The volunteers packaged 11,327 healthy meals beating their goal of 10,000! The meals will immediately feed hungry children in Central Florida, filling a critical need. This is the Green Team’s fourth Hunger Project sponsorship. Since their first event, the Green Team has packaged and donated over 40,000 meals!

Preferred and CYD Volunteered at Give Kids The World Village

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The Central Region Green Team volunteered at Give Kids The World in Kissimmee, Florida. Team captain, Matt Franz said, “We helped out in Nancy’s Kitchen serving breakfast, carrying trays, and interacting with the guests staying on the GKTW campus. It was a great experience being able to do something as simple as carrying someone’s tray to their table and showing them that people they’ve never met before care about them. Just a few hours our team spent helping out made a huge difference for a lot of people.”

Conrad Yelvington Distributors Brings Sunrail Safety Awareness to Local Communities

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L-to-R: Dave McCrea, Harley Goodnoe & Eric Lawrence

Motorists and pedestrians all too often ignore the hazards associated with crossing and encroaching too close to railroad tracks. Of course, vehicles and pedestrians are no match for a train and the results are often deadly. The week of June 5-11, 2016, CYD’s Rail Operation’s Team hit the streets in observance of Train Safety Awareness Week. Terri Sannasardo, Bob Gentry, Harley Goodnoe, Eric Lawrence and Dave McCrea, along with officers from the Longwood, Florida Police Department, were present at the intersections of SR-434 and FDOT’s main line tracks (on which SunRail, Amtrak, and CSX Transportation operate) and at a nearby crossing at SR-427. The team’s presence certainly heightened public awareness when approaching railroad crossings.