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See It or Not – Aggregate is There

Since 1906, Boxley has provided the aggregate (more commonly known as stone) required for the construction of homes, schools, hospitals, buildings, landscaping, and the maintenance and construction of roads and bridges in the communities we serve. Aggregate is an essential component of our daily lives and some of its uses may surprise you.

Did you know: The average American requires roughly 10,000 tons of aggregate per year?

Where You See It

Without aggregate we would not have roads to drive on or bridges to traverse waterways and valley. In fact, aggregate makes up over 90% of asphalt pavement and up to 80% of concrete mixtures. Aggregate is also essential in the construction of the buildings where we live, learn, work, and play. An average-size home requires roughly 400 tons of aggregate alone. 

Besides providing volume and stability for building materials, aggregate also makes the finished product resistant to wear and erosion, allowing for a longer lifespan.

Where You Don’t

Glass, plastic, pennies, computer parts, antacids; none would be possible without aggregate. Other everyday items it can be present in include medicines, makeup, toothpaste, paint, animal feed, household cleaners, sodas, and more. Aggregate even plays an important role in the purification of the water we drink. 

Working with other additives, aggregate provides calcium ions for strong teeth and bones and neutralizes acidic soil to allow plants to grow more effectively.

Spread The Word

Boxley host hundreds of school-age children every year for tours of our aggregate operations as part of our partnership with the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

If you are a teacher or homeschool facilitator, contact us at to schedule a tour.

Boxley Employees Lend a Helping Hand at Bedford Domestic Violence Shelter

Boxley employees from multiple locations across Virginia volunteered their United Way Day of Caring time to Bedford’s Domestic Violence Shelter. As a division of Bedford County Department of Social Services, they provide shelter, information, referrals, and court accompaniment free of charge to those affected by domestic violence. Continue reading “Boxley Employees Lend a Helping Hand at Bedford Domestic Violence Shelter”

Join Boxley in Supporting Food for Kids

Childhood hunger is a significant problem in our community. While schools provide food-insecure children meals during the week, many go hungry during the weekend. That’s why Boxley is supporting Food for Kids, a non-profit organization that provides food-insecure children at Goodview, Huddleston, Moneta, and Montvale Elementary Schools in Bedford County, VA, with food for meals over the weekend. Continue reading “Join Boxley in Supporting Food for Kids”

Martinsville’s Day of Caring 

In September, Boxley employees joined 134 other United Way volunteers from Martinsville and the surrounding area in United Way’s Day of Caring. Our participants repaired and built walkways around Camp Lee Ford in Ridgeway, Virginia. The walkways will provide visitors with a peaceful, gentle journey to the cabins and picnic area. All while maintaining the beauty and integrity of the surrounding natural landscape. Continue reading “Martinsville’s Day of Caring “