‘We strive to be one’

Company teams close out 2019 with family, service, charity

Chairman and CEO Ward Nye described 2019 as a record year for Martin Marietta. During the holidays, teams across the company shared their good fortune with their communities.

Rachael Camper holds her daughter, Cora, during the 2019 Colorado Springs Festival of Lights Parade. Cora is the wife of Asphalt and Paving District Blade Operator Garrett Camper.

From parades to toy drives and other charitable activities, employees opened their hearts and wallets, giving generously wherever it was needed.

In Ball Ground, Georgia, the local Martin Marietta operation participated in the annual March of the Toys Parade for the very first time. In Colorado, more than 800 people in the West Division again gathered to represent the company in the Colorado Springs Festival of Lights Parade and the Pueblo Parade of Lights.

Job Cost Administrator Cherie Porter, a member of the committee that plans the division’s holiday parade presence, said that while their team also wanted to have an impact on the community, participation in the events came with added benefits.

“One of the reasons we do this every year is that our families love it. We get to see each other outside of work. We meet each other’s spouses and see how much our children have grown,” she said. “Everyone from the community comes out, lines the streets of the parade route and makes a big production of it, but it’s not just about the community. It’s about our team and how we strive to be one.”

Giving was also a top priority.

In Iowa, the Portable 2 crew continued its tradition of holiday giving by donating five new bicycles to the local middle school and providing new toys and bicycles to the local Hampton Rotary Club’s Operation Santa toy drive. Dan Hanson, president of the Hampton Rotary, later shared photos of the toy drive with the Alden District’s leadership.

Throughout the Mid-Atlantic Division, the Raleigh corporate office, and elsewhere, teams organized to participate in their local Toys for Tots campaigns.

Chairman and CEO Ward Nye and a team of Corporate Office and NC-East District employees deliver a check and 300 toys to the Raleigh Toys for Tots effort.