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.
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.
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.
At Boxley, safety is set in stone, held as the highest value, and emphasized daily. Creating an outstanding safety culture is more than words; it requires actions, like those taken by our Safety Director, Andy Vassar.
He says, “Safety is our first job every day. It doesn’t take breaks. We must value the safety of ourselves and our coworkers to make sure everyone goes home to their families.”
With almost 29 years at Boxley, Andy has been trained and worked in every position in the aggregate division. This, along with multiple state certifications and completion of a company-backed development program, provides the necessary awareness and knowledge to always be on the lookout for what can be improved.
Andy spends his day out in the field, focusing on our locations across southwest Virginia, as often as possible. Adhering to MSHA and OSHA regulations means there is always a plant or piece of equipment that needs to be inspected or an employee who needs to be trained, whether it’s their first time or an annual refresher.
Leading by example, Andy lives Boxley’s safety culture and encourages collaborative ideas from all employees to continue building a world-class safety culture of zero accidents. He says, “I find it gratifying to serve all the employees of Boxley. We have great people across the board.”
To read some of the achievements Boxley has received with Andy’s safety guidance, check out:
At Boxley, “employee” and “volunteer” are heard synonymously when referencing our team members. No matter the position, each employee is encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities provided throughout the year to give back to the communities we’re honored to serve.
Torri St. Clair, a Purchasing Administrator at our Support Center in Blue Ridge, VA is a shining example of someone who does what she loves and shares her time generously to support her community. As the support person for all the quarries and plant managers, Torri reviews incoming invoices and purchases and works with vendors to ensure accounts are processed and charged accordingly. She sets up new vendors in the payment system and is the point of contact for vendors’ with payment questions.
Torri’s compassion and understanding make her the accounts payable professional with a friendly touch. It also gives her the drive to give back, through the company, to make things better however she can.
Throughout her career, Torri has volunteered countless hours to the community:
Food for Kids is a volunteering effort throughout the school year where bags of food are packaged up and delivered to participating schools in our community for food-insecure children to take home over the weekend.
Working hard to better those around her doesn’t stop there; Torri also volunteers as part of our Team360: Health and Wellness subdivision. Below are challenges and events she has been a part of orchestrating to encourage better physical and mental health:
Weight Loss Challenge(s)
Bring Your Dog to Work Day
“As a representative of Boxley, I get to show how much the company cares for our community and employees. We’re encouraged to go a step beyond for others, just like the company does,” says Torri.
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