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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.

Boxley Recruiter Provides Quality Control for the Employee Experience

At Boxley, a Summit Materials Company, quality control isn’t just seen in the field. We have a team of talent acquisition professionals, like Manisha Hall, who work to find the best candidates for the company and start them on their prosperous career paths.

“It’s rewarding to match fantastic people with great long-term opportunities where they can learn, grow, and in some cases, change their lives,” says Manisha, Sr. Talent Acquisition Lead.

Manisha Hall

            Manisha came on board as a recruiter with Boxley in January 2021, giving her a first-hand understanding of post-pandemic job-hunting. With this insight, combined with over 15 years of Human Resource experience and a Society of Human Resource Management- Senior Certified Professional credential, Manisha leads projects and contributes to a team committed to standardizing and prioritizing employee value propositions, onboarding challenges, and hiring best practices.

            Less than six months after joining the company, Manisha expanded to the Regional Recruiter position before becoming the Senior Talent Acquisition Lead in March 2022. She now focuses not only on Boxley but on Summit Material’s entire East Region, along with Continental Cement.

            “Experience, work history, dedication, and passion about what you do matter more in our industry now than ever before,” Manisha emphasizes to those considering the industry. “Formal education is beneficial to a degree, but there are many paths that can lead to a successful career that simply require the will to work hard and ability and willingness to continue to learn—from others, from a book, and hands-on!”

Do you stay up to date with Boxley on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram; if not you’ve probably missed us sharing the following information from our aggregate and asphalt quality control departments: 

Aggregate Quality Control

Asphalt Quality Control

Mechanics and Technicians Keep Asphalt Rolling Smoothly

On-Site Asphalt Quality Lab at Zion Crossroads

Boxley Employees Are a Knowledgeable Resource

Boxley, a Summit Materials Company, is not only a source of quality construction materials and services but a resource to help our customers succeed. Customers and fellow employees value the knowledge and intuitions of employees such as Ron Dodd and Cody Flint, who provide expertise and insights to help them build a better project.

Reflecting on working with residential and commercial customers, Ron says, “I enjoy walking into a possible new customer’s office and striking up a conversation. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting new and interesting people and enjoy providing them with the knowledge they need to bring their project to life.”

When Ron Dodd was hired as an Outside Sales Representative at our Roanoke Block, Brick, and Hardscapes location, he’d already been in the industry as a mason and contractor for over 20 years, followed by selling brick for an additional three. His experience and excellent performance with residential customers led him to move on to Hardscape Dealer Representative—forging relationships with new dealers and architects.

Ron and Cody agree, “Never stop learning, be an observant sponge while working with the more experienced individuals. Hop in, and they will be more than happy to guide you.”

Cody, currently a Project Manager, first came to Boxley as an intern during the summer of 2019 before graduating from Virginia Tech’s Mining Department with an offer for a full-time position. After spending a year in our Operations Development Program (ODP), he got his feet wet in project management with the teardown and construction of our new sand plant at Lawyers Road before moving on to the current project at our Fieldale Quarry.

Cody Flint and his girlfriend Alyson Fox

“The mining industry always presents unique challenges. It takes a lot of work to get to the end goal, but it pays off,” reveals Cody.

If you’re ready to broaden your understanding and see how far you can go in this industry, please reach out to Manisha Hall at (540) 777-7613 to learn more about pursuing 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.

Boxley Employees Benefit From 401(k) Options

At Boxley, a Summit Materials Company, all employees, from part-time laborers to the CEO, have 401(k) options available to them. As a result, employees like Sam Craighill watch as their savings grow with their careers.

What is a 401(k)?

A 401(k) is a way for an employee to save for retirement by having money removed automatically, pre-tax, from their paychecks and invested into options they believe will best prepare them for the future.

Our employees not only receive access to these plans, but we’ll also match dollar for dollar up to 4% (not to exceed the IRS limits)!

What’s Sam’s experience at Boxley?

Sam’s career at Boxley started in high school when he worked as a laborer in our Lynchburg Block, Brick, & Hardscapes location. Even as a part-time employee, he was eligible to participate in the company-offered 401(k) plan and was then able to build on it when he returned to join the inside sales team full-time in April 2021.

Sam has continued to grow in his career with Boxley, and thanks to benefits such as the company matching 401(k), he is able to save for the future. He is now a dispatcher for our block division and offers this advice, “Learn to stick things out. Don’t get discouraged if you make a mistake, look at it as a learning experience for growth. If you work hard and learn along the way things will come back around to 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, LinkedIn, and Instagram to stay up to date on what’s happening throughout the company.

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.

Boxley Appreciates Driver’s Top Safety Scores

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, annually held in the second week of September, is a great time to acknowledge our world-class drivers. During the first six months of this year, we had 12 drivers who drove an impressive 3,000+ miles while maintaining a safety score above our desired 90%.

Boxley, a Summit Materials Company, monitors our drivers, allowing us to coach, recognize, and reward our drivers’ performance regularly. As an incentive, our drivers who end the year with 6,000 miles or more while meeting safety score requirements receive a gift card and lunch from the safety department.           

Congratulations to our 2021 Fleet Elite Drivers, recognized earlier this year!

left to right: Richard Engle, Tom Meadows, Ken Mosley, Denise Starling, David Olds, Michael Williamson, Edgar Cruz

“Our drivers are top of the line, and we want to ensure they know how much we appreciate their attention to safety while on the road.” Said Andy Vassar, Boxley Safety Director.

Check out our top 12 drivers listed below and make sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram to find out who finishes off the year strong!

Top Driver Performance 2022
(January-June)

NameBusiness LineTotal Distance (mi)Safety Score (%)
Arellanes-Cruz, EdgarAggregate10,56898%
Starling, DeniseAsphalt14,53496%
Gusler, JacobAggregate4,62096%
James, ClayAsphalt10,83995%
Engle, RichardAsphalt6,70995%
Rector, RobertAsphalt4,17495%
Farris, James AAsphalt4,85694%
Mayhew, CecilAggregate5,39393%
Tweedy, CarltonAggregate3,71193%
Monroe, MontanaAsphalt9,87492%
Luis, RamosAsphalt9,91190%
Olds, DavidAsphalt3,17890%

Boxley: Our Incentives Support A Great Workplace

At Boxley, a Summit Materials Company, you can have a great career and reap the incentives too. Check out some of the ways, we keep our employees engaged and motivated to show up and perform their job to the best of their ability every day.

Safety

Safety is our top priority and we are proud of our employees’ commitment to maintaining our outstanding safety record. Our quarterly incentive program challenges employees to keep their coworkers, the public, and themselves safe with the potential of earning up to $1,000 each year, based on their participation. 

In addition, top drivers receive recognition and praise internally throughout the year, as well as an end-of-year top drivers’ lunch where they receive a gift card for their success.

Health & Wellness

Employees and their family members are encouraged to utilize the company’s competitive dental, health, and vision plans and to participate in wellness challenges throughout the year to achieve personal health goals and receive rewards.

Understanding the important role financial health plays on overall health, Boxley also currently matches employees’ 401(k) contributions up to 4%.

Community Outreach

Boxley encourages our employees to take advantage of the paid opportunities provided to give back to the communities we serve. This has included Habitat for Humanity, Food for Kids, Feeding America, donation drives, United Way Day of Caring and more.

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, LinkedIn, and Instagram to stay up to date on what’s happening throughout the company.

Local Fire & EMS Tours Resume at Boxley Locations

Upholding a long-standing tradition, Boxley is pleased to resume annual tours for the local fire and EMS personnel servicing our various locations. 

The purpose of the visits and tours is, first and foremost, safety—for our employees and the first responders. Keeping rescue personnel familiar with our property layouts and procedures equips them, so they are aware of any hazards they could encounter should we ever need their assistance with an emergency on-site. 

Throughout the tour, safety aspects get brought to the forefront, but we also take the opportunity to educate the crew members about our industry and what we do daily. Finally, to close out, we like to provide a meal and present them with Boxley’s annual donation.

“We’ve been doing this for many years. It’s a great opportunity for us to get to know some of our local first responders and provide insight into our operation.” Cline Dooley- Area Manager—Blue Ridge, Fieldale, & Rich Patch

Tours and educational visits are also open to students, teachers, and select community groups. If you are interested in setting up a quarry tour at one of our central and southwest Virginia locations, please contact us at contact@boxley.com or 1 (888) 442-8878.

Boxley Employee’s Son Named 2022 VAA Scholarship Recipient

Matthew Witt, son of Boxley asphalt contract admin manager Stacie Witt, received the 2022 Richard Schreck Scholarship from the Virginia Asphalt Association (VAA), a unique opportunity offered to assist dependents of VAA member companies, like Boxley, in furthering their education beyond high school.

In addition to his connection to Boxley, Matthew had to complete four application questions and obtain a letter of recommendation from a VAA member company representative and his current school principal or guidance counselor. 

Matthew entered the CVCC Early College Program in his junior year of high school and graduated May 12, 2022, Summa Cum Laude with an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree in General Studies.

“Matthew has grown up in our office, and he’s turned into quite the young man. We’re all very proud of his accomplishments and can’t wait to see what he does in the future.” Charles Craddock- Vice President—Asphalt & Construction

Matthew graciously accepted the $5,000 scholarship towards continuing his higher education this fall at the University of Lynchburg, where he also received the Hopwood scholarship. He’ll be double majoring in Business Administration and Statistics and minoring in Finance. 

“We are very appreciative of the opportunity given to Matthew through Boxley’s sponsorship as a VAA member.” Stacie Witt 

After spending his junior and senior year at Brookville High School as a member of the National Honor Society, Matthew graduated on June 3, 2022, tied for 3rd out of the 264 graduates.

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Boxley Hosts Science Teachers for Summer Field Trip

What could spell more fun than a teachers-only summer field trip to visit Boxley’s Arvonia quarry to experience geology up close, collect rock samples, and learn about modern mining in Virginia?

On June 24, Boxley’s Arvonia Virginia location, where our iconic Buckingham® Slate is produced, was proud to be one of four host quarries for the Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) Rockin’ PD (professional development) event held in partnership with the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA) and  Friends of Mineralogy-Virginia Chapter.

Teachers started the morning with a lesson on safety, products, history, and the important role quarries play in a community. Then the adventure began with a geology overview and a tour of our quarry and operations. Each teacher left with Rock Kits and Fill Up Bags to utilize in their future lesson plans.

“It was a pleasure to get selected for this opportunity to bring these educators out. We got to show them not only what we offer as a business but most importantly how we can work together to educate younger generations,” said Spencer Young, Superintendent of Arvonia.

Boxley has a long history of working with schools and teachers through our Explore the Earth geology presentation and quarry tour that meets Virginia’s 5th-grade SOL standards.

If you are an educator interested in setting up an Explore the Earth quarry tour for your students at one of our locations throughout southwest and central Virginia, please contact us at contact@boxley.com or 1(888) 442-8878.