They’re found on different parts of the map, present their teams with unique challenges and have varied histories within the Company, but there is one thing uniting this year’s nine Honor Plants: all are run by talented people dedicated to world class safety and operational excellence.
The Honor Plant Award, Martin Marietta’s highest distinction, has been presented to the Company’s top performing operations annually since 1987.
This year, the "Best of the Best," as they’ve come to be known, hail from North Carolina, Indiana, Ohio, Texas and Wyoming, and represent the Company’s Mid-Atlantic, Mideast, Rocky Mountain and Southwest divisions.
Of the winners, three (Guernsey Quarry in Wyoming, Mont Belvieu Yard in Houston and Rio Medina Quarry in San Antonio) are first-time recipients, three (Beckmann Quarry in San Antonio, Carmel Sand & Gravel in Indiana and Cook Road Sand & Gravel in Ohio) are enjoying their third awards, two (North Carolina's Mallard Creek Quarry and Thomasville Quarry) are being recognized for the first time in more than a decade, and one (Arrowood Quarry in Charlotte, North Carolina) is tied for the most wins ever by a single Company site.
The awards recognize outstanding achievement in eight areas: safety, operating costs, maintenance practices, appearances, community relations, productivity improvements, innovation and financial performance.
The number of operations that have earned Honor Plant status since the first awards were presented almost 30 years ago now stands at 94. Fifty-two sites have won more than once and 27 locations (including five of this year’s honorees) have won three or more times.
Winning plants are honored with Chairman’s Pinnacle Awards and employees at each winning site receive a monetary award for their efforts.