Unimin’s Tamms and Elco plants have earned the Community Relations Award from the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers (IAAP) for the ninth consecutive year.

The IAAP Community Relations Award recognizes producer member companies whose community involvement and support activities have enhanced the public’s perception of the member’s aggregate operation and the aggregates industry in general. By doing so, the IAAP hopes to encourage more and continued public outreach efforts by its members.

“We are grateful to be part of such a great community and are pleased to have again been recognized by the IAAP,” said Bleve Willoughby, Tamms/Elco, Plant Manager. “Our employees are passionate about serving those around us and we appreciate their generosity and effort.”

The Tamms and Elco plants have helped fund – and participated in – various community projects associated with the local fire department, school activities, summer sports camps, the county fair and local soil and water conservation programs. A few highlights of other activities include:

  • Ownership transfer of the Magazine Mine to the Organization for Bat Conservation in order to preserve endangered bat species. The community was invited to participate and learn about Unimin’s ethic of sustainability and the land in our care.
  • Organization of a holiday food drive which produced more than 1,000 pounds of canned goods that were donated to two area food pantries.
  • Donations of inkjet cartridges (on an ongoing basis) to a local private reduces the costs associated with school supplies. The school recycles the cartridges through a national office supply company who in turn, provides credits which are used for needed supplies.
  • Education of local grade school students occurs through Unimin’s Bat Education Program. Children learn about the important role bats play and the need to protect endangered species,
  • Participation in Critter Night, hosted the US Forest Service, gives employees the opportunity to help children connect with naturalists and biologists and learn about nocturnal animals at fun activity stations

The community action plans set forth by Tamms and Elco – and all of Unimin’s plants – reflects our commitment, and genuine desire to be involved in the communities in which we live, work and play,” said Carl Horvat, Regional General Manager. “The employees in our Elco and Tamms facilities have a long history of working closely with their neighbors and serve as emissaries of corporate social responsibility for Unimin.”

All recipients of the IAAP Community Relations Award will be recognized during the IAAP Convention luncheon on April 12, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Illinois.