Shining Like Diamonds

New Martin Marietta Awards Program Recognizes Top Operations

Martin Marietta has named its inaugural class of Diamond Award winners.

The new program, which came into existence on the recommendation of a cross-functional, cross-divisional team of employees, aims to honor those teams from across the company that best exemplify the Martin Marietta's core pillars of success: world-class safety, operational excellence, ethical conduct, sustainability, cost discipline, customer service and employee commitment to continuous improvement.

The program reflects Martin Marietta's increased size and product line diversity and is in line with the company's values and culture, said Chairman, President and CEO Ward Nye, adding that work on the Diamond Awards program began about two years ago.

Martin Marietta was undergoing a rebranding at that time and had unveiled a newly designed logo in which the diamond is prominent.

“These diamonds represent the value of the people at the center of Martin Marietta,” Nye said.

The Diamond Awards program is three-tiered.

The first tier, the Diamond Achievement Award, was presented to well over 150 operations across the country that each exhibited excellence in the past year.

Of those operations, 10 were selected by a panel of division presidents as winners of the Diamond Honor Award.

These operations, representative of the second tier of the awards program, have maintained excellence for the past three years.

Diamond Honor Award winners this year include Charlotte, North Columbia and Rock Hill quarries in the Mid-Atlantic Division; Hatton, Jones Mill and Rio Medina quarries in the Southwest Division; Raccoon River Sand & Gravel/Saylorville Sand and Stamper Mine in the Midwest Division; Apple Grove Sand & Gravel in the Mideast Division; and Guernsey Quarry in the Rocky Mountain Division.

Nye, based on recommendations from the panel, then selected one of the 10 as the winner of the Diamond Elite Award: Jones Mill Quarry.

jones mill quarry
The team at Jones Mill Quarry in Malvern, Arkansas.

Representing the top tier of the Diamond Awards program, Jones Mill's team of 42 employees so demonstrated the company’s core pillars that the operation – from its safety to its production to its sustainability and beyond – outperformed every other operation in Martin Marietta.

During a recent luncheon at the Arkansas quarry, Nye of other company leaders congratulated the winners.

“This team has been on a journey. It continues to improve, continues to raise volume and continues to be safe,” said Arkansas District General Manager Deron Jennings. “The Jones Mill team has safety in its hearts and minds. That safety comes along with teamwork and is fostered by communication. I look forward to great things in the years to come.”

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