Good Neighbor Awards: Laurel Aggregates

May 10, 2016

LaurelWhen it comes to construction projects, a strong foundation is paramount. For Laurel Aggregates, providing stone that will become the foundation for projects in southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia is the cornerstone of their business. But as they take on contracts with companies like Range Resources or the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation – Laurel Aggregates is also laying a foundation that supports the community in a different way. 

Over the last seven years, Laurel Aggregates has joined Range in providing assistance to several Washington County non-profits, including: Washington/Greene County Toys for Tots, the Greater Washington County Food Bank, and the 4-H and Future Farmers of America livestock auction at the Washington County Fair. 

“I view Range as a company with very good ethics, and good judgement on who to support in the community. So we felt like it was a natural fit to partner with Range in backing some great local charities,” explains Vice President Barry Fink. 

Independently, Laurel Aggregates provides funding and other forms of assistance to numerous other charities in Washington County and in West Virginia, from local churches, to Habitat for Humanity, the United Way, several local athletic associations, the American Heart Association, and many more. “We’ve been blessed in a lot of ways with our business here, we’ve had great local support, and we believe we need to return that support. And that includes doing what we can to help improve the communities where we work,” says Barry. 

11-DSC_0518Sales Manager Chris Schweiger shares those sentiments. Chris has been with Laurel Aggregates for a little over twelve years, and spends a lot of time on the road interacting with people from communities all around southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia. “I’m dealing with not only energy companies like Range, but also the guys that are building the roads and putting the water lines in the ground and building houses… it’s a wide spectrum of people and you’d be hard pressed to find a better cross section of the community than the people in contracting and in the natural gas industry. From Vice Presidents of companies, to the guy running a small bulldozer on a construction site – I’ve had great experiences with the people I deal with.” 

Of Laurel Aggregates efforts to support nonprofits and other community organizations, Chris says this: “We are responsible for a lot of truck traffic. It’s the nature of our business; we are sending trucks full of stone to different sites throughout the year. And so it makes sense to us to also be doing what we can to improve those communities too. That’s where we concentrate our donation and volunteer efforts – in the communities where we operate, and the communities where our employees live.” 

Chris also notes that partnering with Range on the annual livestock auction at the Washington County Fair is of special significance to Laurel Aggregates. “It’s one of my favorite things to do – bidding on the animals that these kids worked so hard to raise all year long, and then donating the dollars back. You won’t find better groups for kids than 4-H and Future Farmers of America, and there’s nothing more gratifying than supporting a kid who worked really hard to earn that support.” 

Range Resources is thankful for the strong foundations our Good Neighbor Laurel Aggregates is helping to create in Washington County and communities across southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia.