When the last lost-time incident occurred at Greeley Ready Mix, Bill Clinton was finishing up his first term as president, the Dallas Cowboys were about to win their third Super Bowl in four years and Martin Marietta Materials was finishing just its second year as a member of the New York Stock Exchange.
That was Jan. 15, 1996.
On Jan. 20, 2016, with Rocky Mountain Division President Pat Walker and Ready Mix District Vice President-General Manager Abbott Lawrence in attendance, employees at the northern Colorado concrete plant gathered for a catered lunch to celebrate their milestone.
In a letter read by Walker, Company Chairman, President and CEO Ward Nye praised the Greeley team as “a shining example of what we talk about every day at Martin Marietta.”
Joining the Company via an asset exchange with Lafarge North America in late 2011, Greeley is located 63 miles north of downtown Denver. Its fleet of 15 mixer trucks serves customers within a 1,000-square-mile radius.
While the plant is their “home base,” most Greeley employees spend the majority of their time on the region’s highways and byways, contending with a host of weather conditions and traffic challenges.
The team at Greeley Ready Mix recently celebrated 20 years without a lost-time incident.
“Our employees have to be very, very defensive drivers,” noted General Manager Marvin Meyer, “and they need to know their vehicles extremely well. What they’re driving are essentially big Company billboards, so it’s vital that everyone presents themselves well out there.”
Added Area Production Manager Dan Stringer, “Our drivers have to be part Indian scout and part bloodhound just to get to where they’re going, and conditions at the jobsite often aren’t much better.”
Both Meyer and Stringer praised the Guardian Angel safety program, in place at the plant since 2011, as a critical component of Greeley’s continued safety success.
“It’s huge,” Stringer said. “From the time of an employee’s initial interview, the importance of the Guardian Angel philosophy is instilled in them and then, once they get here, it’s reinforced each and every day.”
“I’ve seen a lot of safety programs over the years,” added Meyer, “but Guardian Angel is, by far, the most powerful program I’ve ever worked with.”
In addition to the plant’s current employees, Lawrence was quick to credit those who had retired over the years.
“A lot of people contributed to this achievement,” he said. “While they may not have been at this event, they certainly share in this accomplishment.”
Greeley Ready Mix Employees
Miguel Beltran, Don Burch, Bob Cambell, Juan Cardoza, Miguel Carmona, Charles Carney, Juan Chavez, Daniel Delgado, Danielle Dempsey, Dan Ensrud, Pete Gonzales, Roddy Grantham, Brad Hixson, Jerry Kahl, John Koutsoukos, Bernie Lucero, Levi Lujan, Gabe Mejia, Clarence Mercer, Marvin Meyer, Esezkial Moran, Dan Stringer, Mark Schuller and Antonio Urrutia