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Boxley Receives Recognition for Land Reclamation Project

At Boxley, a company of Summit Materials, we continually seek ways to practice environmental stewardship.

In 2022, we received the Virginia Land Reclamation Award from the Virginia Department of Energy and the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA) for the reclamation project at Boxley Blue Ridge quarry—we’re considered one of the best in the state!

Exceeding Virginia Energy Department standards for safety, stability, environmental responsibility, and appearance, the reclamation included engineering proper slopes for safety and stability, planting premium seed mix to create an attractive vegetative cover for soil stabilization, and benching the slopes to channel stormwater runoff into the quarry pit. As a result, the quarry operation meets 100% of its production water needs captured rainwater which is recycled.

We don’t stop there; click here to look at our Corporate Responsibility Reports and learn more about Boxley’s continued efforts to be Greener. Better. Smarter.

We have some big plans for 2023!

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Boxley Women Progress with Ambition

At Boxley, a Summit Materials company, our women come from an array of backgrounds and combine their strengths with opportunities to further their careers in the construction industry. Amanda Lesueur and Stacie Witt are two assets to Boxley, who were nominated by their supervisors to be featured for the 25th celebration of Women in Construction Week.

Meet Amanda

Certified Weigh Master and Inside Sales

Amanda joined Buckingham Slate six years ago with no prior experience. After working as a stay-at-home mom until her children were school-aged, she applied for the opportunity to become a scale operator.

“I didn’t think I would work at a quarry when I grew up. But here I am, and I’m proud of what I’ve learned and accomplished so far.”

Boxley acquired the Arvonia location shortly after Amanda started and she seized the opportunity to become a weigh master and lab technician, providing her experience in our aggregate and hardscape divisions. As an inside salesperson, she uses this knowledge and experience to help customers ensure their projects are completed as desired.

“No matter where you start, Boxley makes it possible to learn by providing opportunities for new positions to better yourself personally and professionally.”

Meet Stacie

Contract Administrator for Asphalt/Construction

Twenty-eight years ago, Stacie entered the construction industry as an administrative assistant handling daily tasks. Through multiple acquisitions, she became a Boxley employee in 2011.

“Spanning my almost three decades, I’ve watched as more women join the industry, working in every position, from laborer to executive owner. The sky is the limit.”

Through hands-on experience and training, Stacie has worked her way into her current role handling asphalt and construction contracts across the Commonwealth of Virginia and North Carolina. Stacie supports projects from every angle by interacting with customers, ensuring certificates and bonds are up to date, preparing bid documents for submittal, and preparing monthly job cost audits and reports.

“If you like to be challenged and learn new things, the construction industry is for you.”

If you have interest or questions about pursuing a career within the Summit Materials family, please contact Manisha Hall at (540) 777-7613. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Linked In, and Instagram to stay up to date on what’s happening throughout the company.

Our 2022 A-Z Tour is a Wrap

Over the past year, we’ve been highlighting employees, opportunities, products, and more to expand your knowledge about Boxley, a Summit Materials Company, careers in construction, and the everyday functions of construction in our communities.

Check out the lists below and see what you may have missed.

It’s been a Wonderful eXtraordinary Year, and we are Zealously anticipating 2023!

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Boxley Values Employees and Employees Pay It Forward

Boxley, a Company of Summit Materials, adds value to employees’ lives and presents opportunities to give back as they see fit—including involvement with United Way.

Value Given

Competitive compensation, safety incentive bonuses, and engaging benefits allow employees to take care of themselves and their families in the best way they see fit. Click below to catch up on articles you may have missed where we’ve highlighted different employee benefits.

Value Received

“Once, in an interview, I was asked what I wanted on my tombstone. My response was ‘that I made a difference in someone’s life.’ United Way gives me that opportunity. Giving and being able to make a difference in anyone’s life is the best feeling you can have. With Boxley matching my donation, that makes my giving help so much more!” – Sherry Foutz, former Executive Assistant, 96 Years of Pledges.

Whether through volunteerism, product donations, or financial support, we are dedicated to helping improve the quality of life in the communities where we work, live, and play. To increase our impact in these areas, we encourage our employees to get involved with company-sponsored events like the United Way Day of Caring and donate to the 100% company-matched annual pledge.

In 2022, 223 Boxley employees pledged $28,010.59 for a total company donation of $56,021.18 bringing the total United Way giving to $2.045 million since 2000.

Check out the following ways employees have gotten involved and how our local United Way has recognized us.

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Some Boxley Employees Travel — We Keep Them Connected

Boxley’s Team360 gives skid steer operators like Lee Butler and Isaiah Andrews the opportunity to stay connected with company information even when they’re on the road for up to a week at a time.

Life Of a Skid Steer Operator

“I’ve always worked construction, but I wanted to be on the road with an asphalt paving crew, driving small equipment. Boxley, a Summit Materials Company, provided me with that opportunity, and I’m glad I took it. I work with the best crew ever,” says Lee Butler, Salem Paving Crew (pictured above).

Lee and Isaiah start their days by preparing asphalt equipment and determining the job site’s needs. It’s then their responsibility to operate the skid steer, a four-wheel or two-track machine that prepares the roadbed for new paving by removing asphalt millings and stones, which are recycled at the asphalt plant to make new asphalt.

Isaiah Andrews, Lynchburg paving crew, started as a general laborer before passing his Tasks Training certification to become a skid steer driver. He suggests, “Show up to work ready to learn with a positive attitude, and you can grow within the company and reach your personal goals.”

Being on the road is a large part of joining our paving crews. Lee and Isaiah agree, “Getting to see different areas of Virginia, basically, every other week is a lot better than being stuck in the same spot every day. And Boxley works hard to keep us connected and informed with what’s going on at the company.”

By employing the use of smartphones, the Boxley TeamApp, and internal TV networks, the communication team bridged the gap for those who work odd hours or are on the road. Employees can access safety updates, intercompany communication, prize-awarding contests, and more without a company email.

Isaiah Andrews
Isaiah Andrews of Lynchburg’s paving crew

Whether your desired career path involves an office, job site, or traveling, check out our job listings and come to a company that will keep you connected. If you have interest or questions about pursuing a career within the Summit Materials family, please get in touch with Manisha Hall at (540) 777-7613.

Mechanics And Technicians Keep Asphalt Rolling Smoothly

Boxley’s Asphalt division puts safety and quality at the top of every job with the help of mobile equipment mechanics, like Michael Cordle, and density technicians utilizing nuclear gauges, overseen by Andre Royal, a quality control manager.

“When a piece of equipment needs repaired or a problem arises, we’re there to find the best solutions,” says Michael.

Since coming to Boxley, a Summit Materials Company, in 2018, Michael has been moving towards management by accepting and going after opportunities available. Having always enjoyed working on and fixing things, he finds freedom in his job since no two days are alike, including varying work times throughout the year. He credits his time management abilities to the eight years he spent as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician in the United States Air Force.

Density technicians, the rear of the paving operation process, are no strangers to varying workdays either. With company-provided training and certifications, they utilize nuclear gauges to ensure asphalt is compacted properly. Upon completion, additional density tests get completed along with roller patterns, control strips, and different VDOT methods of testing.

“I enjoy knowing the general public is traveling on some of the best roads in the country,” says Andre Royal, Asphalt Quality Control Manager.

With no prior experience, Andre entered the asphalt industry in 2000 as a density technician during the summers for Marvin V Templeton & Sons, which Boxley purchased in 2011. Throughout his time with us, he has worked in the lab designing and testing asphalt and at the plants at operation and supervisor levels.

If you think you’d find freedom in the construction industry and want to join a company that’ll set you up to succeed, please reach out to Manisha Hall at (540) 777-7613 to pursue a career within the Summit Materials family. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram to stay up to date on what’s happening throughout the company.

Community Giving is Back in Full Swing

Boxley is known throughout the communities we serve for many reasons; being active participants to improve the community’s quality of life is one of them. So, in 2021, we were able to get back to being hands-on and find ways to provide the largest impact.

We started the year with a gift to the Virginia Museum of Natural History which produced a virtual education programming partnership that can be tapped into by following the Virginia Museum of Natural History on Facebook. Our $10,000 gift supports the promotion and delivery of the museum’s virtual education program throughout 2021 and 2022. These programs, in turn, support STEM learning among the younger generations in our communities.

In response to our 2020 monetary donation that fed our communities, Boxley was able to put boots on the ground in Dillwyn, VA, to participate in Feeding Southwest Virginia’s Mobile Food Pantry. In addition, we were able to utilize the food donation boxes we helped provide in 2020. Finally, our employees held donation drives in the summer of 2021 to help Feeding America partners have another multimillion-dollar food distribution year.

Edna Hall took it upon herself to make a difference by partnering with the Red Cross to support the Salem VA (Veterans Affairs) after COVID made donations and visitations exceptionally hard.

Our donations aren’t exclusively in the form of time and money. For example, when contacted to donate concrete for a sidewalk and slab to honor the community donors that made their Bridging the Gap project a success, we couldn’t say no.

Our volunteer and donation efforts wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t partner with United Way. Our 96th year was another example of our year-over-year increased donations. Through the generosity of our employees and the company’s equal match promise coupled with our other efforts throughout the community, we were humbled to receive the Spirit of the Community Award.

Stay tuned for 2022 to see what Boxley has going on in terms of projects and community involvement.

Boxley Supports STEM Education

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills prepare young people for the fast-growing occupations in the construction materials industry that will impact their futures.

Boxley’s Explore the Earth program works with our local public and homeschooled students to meet grade 5’s Earth Science Standards of Learning (SOL). Students learn about geology firsthand with a quarry tour and participate in an engaging presentation by our engineers and environmental experts as to the role aggregate plays in daily life and how it is produced.

Our partnership with the Virginia Museum of Natural History is another STEM education focus area. With our virtual education programming partnership donation at the beginning of the year, the museum will be better positioned to deliver a combination of STEM educational programs led by VMNH educators and scientists, with various programs provided to schools, families, and general social media audiences.

“Connecting with as many students as possible throughout the Commonwealth is always a goal of the museum and Boxley’s support this past year has made that goal even more achievable,” said Christy Deatherage, education manager at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. “Because of Boxley’s financial support, the museum was able to provide additional educational programming to K-12 classes throughout our local region, from Roanoke to Lynchburg to right here in our own backyard in Martinsville.” If you’re a teacher or homeschool facilitator, contact us to schedule a tour for our Explore the Earth program. And don’t forget to check out the Virginia Museum of Natural History on Facebook to catch their STEM-backed postings.

Aggregate Employee Carries On Family Tradition

A path to a career in construction, specifically at our Fieldale quarry, was laid out to Stacy Barbour before graduating high school. Throughout his 22 years at Boxley, Stacy’s ability to utilize team input for forward-looking plans has been instrumental in accomplishing goals. It did not go unnoticed—no matter the position he held.

“My dad was a truck driver; he hauled a lot of material out of this location during the daytime and worked at night. One time, right before I was about to graduate high school, we were here getting loaded with crusher-run. As the loader approached the truck, he looked at me and said, ‘learn how to work on those things, and you can make some money.’ So, I joined the Army, and that’s what I did. When I got out, I came back to Fieldale where it all started.”—Stacy Barbour (Operations Manager at Fieldale Quarry)

Stacy has held five different positions since joining Boxley through an acquisition in 1999: all but one stationed out of Fieldale. He started in the mobile equipment shop and accepted the Leadman role for the stationary plant on the second shift within two years. He was promoted to Maintenance Foreman, a position he held for over a decade before accepting the Director of Safety position. Within the year, he would again get promoted and headed back to Fieldale to take on his current role—Operations Manager.

Leading by example, Stacy shares what he thinks the younger generations need to know about pursuing a career in construction, “Work hard! When you have ideas that could make a difference in the industry, bring them up. Challenge yourself by taking growth opportunities.”

There are a lot of skilled trades within the mining industry; if you are a young adult with questions about a future Career in Construction, please reach out to Manisha Hall at (540) 777-7613. Or if you are interested in next year’s Management Trainee Intern program, click here.

Asphalt Employee: An Inspiration To Women

When looking for a career, Latosha Mabins looked no further than becoming a woman with a career in asphalt construction. A good income, ability to travel, and opportunity to utilize her commercial driver’s license (CDL) were all boxes checked off when she found her position at Boxley.

“I enjoy working outside and seeing different things, I always have. I get to step outside the box and learn different skills hands-on.” – Latosha Mabins (Slurry Crew Superintendent)

LaTosha Mabin

It is important in any career to feel valued and as though there is room to grow. Latosha started with Boxley in 2019 as a distributor operator and served in a variety of roles such as timekeeper, and nurse truck operator. Her hard work and dedication propelled her to her current role—Slurry Crew Superintendent.

Taking on a role of authority is not meant for everyone. However, Latosha has met and overcame the challenge of working alongside people from different backgrounds and work ethics. Ensuring that the job gets done no matter what is another trait that exemplifies why she is in her position.

When asked for advice to tell younger generations deciding their way, Latosha said, “I would tell the younger generation of women: never allow another’s opinion of your lifestyle to make you feel like you can’t do a job. Because you can…we can!”

If you are like Latosha and looking to join other women in asphalt construction, click here for the open position nearest you.