At Boxley, you can get hired as an Equipment Operator, apply for any open position inside the company, and earn your way to become General Foreman. At our Fieldale Quarry, Danny Scearce knows firsthand how you can advance your career at Boxley as he’s excelled through six different positions across multiple locations in his 28-year employment.
Danny first spent three months as a laborer before getting moved into the equipment operator position, he applied for. “I’m glad I didn’t give up,” he says, “even though shoveling spillage and other tasks wasn’t what I signed up for, it gave me an appreciation for the quarry and team I was working with.”
Utilizing his self-taught knowledge, Danny operated various pieces of mobile equipment at Fieldale before moving to another operation, stepping up to the challenge to begin advancing his career. He switched to Maintenance, then back to Pit Loader Operator, then into Stripping Foreman, where he traveled to multiple locations overseeing the job through to the end.
Becoming known as ‘the man with the plan’, Danny was offered the position of a Traveling Special Projects Person to complete various operations throughout Virginia and Georgia. “I have yet to see a piece of equipment I can’t figure out. My years of hands-on training provided me the mindset of looking at something and being able to offer a productive solution,” Danny proclaims.
Now back at the quarry where it all started, Danny’s day looks much different than it used to. As General Foreman, he helps run the day-to-day operations. Although every day is different due to a quarry’s many changing parts, Danny ensures the team understands the tasks for the day, pre-shift inspections get completed, and keeps everything running smoothly. Even if that means hopping back on a piece of equipment to fill in when someone is off.
Speaking to the generations getting ready to enter the workforce, Danny says, “if you are interested in anything to do with this line of work, give it a try, and don’t give up. Just because you don’t start exactly where you want to be doesn’t mean you won’t end up further than you imagined. It’s all about the work you put into it.”
If you have interest or questions about pursuing a career within the Summit Materials family, please reach out to Manisha Hall at (540) 777-7613. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram to stay up to date on what’s happening throughout the company.