Doswell Quarry, near Richmond, Virginia, gets busier with each passing year. As part of the Mideast Division, the 1,100-acre plant sells more aggregate now than ever before, thanks to record productivity. With improved efficiency and a planned expansion, the numbers will only increase. But, the Doswell story is not just about the millions of tons sold per year. Doswell is about people and their continued commitment to excellence. In 2005, Doswell Quarry earned the Martin Marietta Honor Plant designation for the third time in four years. This is no easy accomplishment. It takes a dedicated staff working diligently to improve safety, productivity and continued community support.
The operation keeps getting better with regards to safety. On December 31, 2004, the quarry completed 4,541 consecutive days without a lost-time injury. The quarry operated the past 12 years without a lost-time incident. Almost all quarry employees are trained safety observers. Weekly tailgate safety meetings are held throughout the quarry to discuss topics related to the crews specific area. Safety meetings are held each month, with participation by all employees. Quarterly safety luncheons are another valuable tool. This time is used to remind employees that safety is as important away from the job as it is on the job. Once a year, employees host a luncheon for local truck drivers to thank them for being safe while at the plant.
Productivity and Efficiency
Pit planning and equipment maintenance has allowed Doswell to lower overall operating costs. The commitment to maintenance best practices has enabled the quarry to run efficiently while minimizing down time and the need for costly repairs while maintenance tracking and recordkeeping have benefited the maintenance crew on many levels.
Quarry appearance is important at Doswell. Routine cleaning and repainting keeps the plant looking neat. Employees also work hard to show the public that the plant is a good neighbor. One of the primary goals throughout each year is to educate the public about the industry and how aggregates are needed. Doswell also participates in the local school adoption program. In another effort to support the community, the quarry donated picnic tables, park benches, and 150 tons of crushed stone to the county’s North Anna Battlefield Park. The park consists of 88 acres of land containing well-preserved earthworks, which were part of the North Anna campaign of the Civil War. Through efforts in educating the public, guided tours, school visits and working with local clubs and organizations, Doswell Quarry continues to demonstrate strong commitment to community outreach.