September 25, 2008

Aggregate Industries’ Sloan Quarry Wins Prestigious “Sentinels of Safety Award” for the Second Year in a Row.

The National Mining Association (NMA) and the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) have awarded their prestigious "Sentinels of Safety" award in the Large Bank or Pit group to Aggregate Industries' Sloan Quarry.

The Sloan Quarry, operating under the Bardon Materials name, has accomplished a major feat, having won the award for a second consecutive year. The award was presented at the MINExpo International Conference and Expo on September 24th 2008 in Las Vegas. Vice President Doug Barrowman, Sloan Quarry Manager Mark Snyder and Sloan Safety Committee member Chris Norris accepted the award on behalf of the 90 employees that work at Sloan Quarry.

The national Sentinels of Safety Award recognizes mining operations in various categories that record the most hours worked in a calendar year without a single lost-time injury. Employees at Sloan Quarry worked over 184,000 hours in 2007 without a single Lost Time incident.

"Showcasing examples of good safety programs is very important," said Richard E. Stickler, Acting Secretary of Labor for MSHA. "Such recognition encourages safe operations to continue their best practices and shows the rest of the mining industry that it is indeed possible to run safe mining operations every day of the year."

Sloan Quarry Operations Manager Mark Snyder said, "Perhaps the single greatest contributing factor leading to this award is the acknowledgement and continual reinforcement of our safety culture at Sloan. We have worked to hard to get participation from both our management team and our hourly employees and I am extremely proud to accept the Sentinels of Safety award on behalf of all my co-workers, for the second year in a row."

Improving safety awareness at Sloan Quarry has been a continual process over the past several years. In addition to constantly reinforcing employee training, the mine's Health & Safety Committee (made up of both hourly and management staff) meet once a month to review progress and report on Behavioral Safety Audit Findings and Action Plans. The team increased the number and frequency of audits and had conducted 350 in 2007. Additionally, a new Blasting Optimization Team was formed last year that reviewed mine operations and established documented safe procedures for drilling, blasting, loading, hauling and crushing.

Regional President Patrick Ward offered his congratulations to the workers. "Our team at Sloan Quarry has really embraced our safety programs and I am very proud of their hard work. Having won this award for the second time signifies a real commitment to working safely, which is a commitment made by every employee to themselves, to the Company and most importantly to their families," said Ward.

Aggregate Industries, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Holcim Ltd, is an environmentally responsible producer of high quality, aggregate-based construction materials in the US. The company produces aggregates, ready mixed concrete, asphalt (and related contracting services) and building materials across six regional businesses in the US. For more information about Aggregate Industries, please visit