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Whenever you drive your car, walk into your house, fly in an airplane, go to a ball game, even hike a path near your home, the construction aggregates industry was there before you. When considering concrete, asphalt, backfill, and all other applications, construction aggregates are the most used material in the world. Their use in initial construction and maintenance make aggregates a truly essential ingredient to a modern, functioning society.
As part of this essential industry, we strive to add value to our communities in 3 basic ways:

      1. Producing Valuable Products
      2. Operational Excellence
      3. Community Involvement



We view our primary responsibility to society as the production of high quality materials delivered at competitive prices. Our products are used in bridge construction, structural supports, utilities installation, and other projects where public safety is of primary concern. We take this responsibility seriously and continually look for ways to improve our products. Further, it is important that these products are delivered for a low total cost, freeing up capital for other projects and, ultimately, raising the standard of living for individuals, businesses, and communities. We relentlessly look for ways to lower our costs and/or improve the value of our products.

Quarries and gravel pits are heavy industrial operations that have historically had a more noticeable impact upon the community than, say, a pillow factory would. Quarries and gravel pits today, however, are very different than they were just 20 years ago.

Modern mining methods, intense government oversight, and better management have transformed our industry in general, and our operations in particular. When giving tours or talking with friends or neighbors, the most common thing we hear is: “You’re kidding, I lived right down the road and I never knew there was a quarry there!”

For all of our progress, we know that we can continually improve. Our goal is that the externalities of our operations will eventually be unnoticeable or eliminated completely. Specifically, we focus on these areas of impact:

Visual Appeal

  • Each year, we spend time and resources improving the landscaping surrounding our operations both to mask the sight lines into our production areas and to improve the community image.

Ambient Noise

  • As we continually re-design and re-build our operations, we always look for ways to cut ambient noise.
  • We reduce the number of diesel equipment used in favor of electric equipment, reduce the total number of crushers and screens, and use sound reducing materials like urethane and rubber instead of steel.
  • For noise still generated from our operations, we build vegetated berms, plant trees, and place equipment far away from property lines.

Dust

  • While our operations all fall well below government limits for dust emissions, we continually look for ways to reduce airborne dust.
  • As of 2011, all of our operations have their own dedicated water truck to keep in-pit surfaces wetted down as well as wash our asphalt driveways when needed.
  • Our rock drill is outfitted with dual-stage dust suppression and crushers, screens, and material transfer points are continually re-designed to reduce dust generation.

Blasting

  • The vibrations from our blasts are more than 60% below local limits and greater than 90% below the level at which structural damage can possibly occur in buildings.
  • Still, blasting can be seen as a nuisance by neighbors in the immediate area of a quarry. For this reason, we began experimenting with electronically controlled blasting in 2009 and now use this technique for all of our production blasts. Our research indicates that igniting 2 or more holes at one time significantly increases the impact of blasting. Electronic blasting completely eliminates this phenomenon. Further, electronic blasting allows us to control the frequency of the blast’s vibration and reduce the amount of explosives used per ton of rock, significantly reducing the “felt impact” of the blast.

Trucking

  • While trucking impacts are largely out of our operations and usually involve third-party equipment, we are able to put pressure on trucking companies that haul our products for operating in an unsafe or unprofessional manner. Please call our main office with the truck number and description of their activity and we will do our best to remedy the situation.
  • New developments in engine and suspension technology continually make trucks quieter as new equipment displaces old. Particularly exciting are recent developments in Tier 4 Diesel and Natural Gas engines for Class 8 trucks, which substantially reduce noise and particle emissions.

Community involvement begins with actually being in the community, and every member of the Dawson Family actively involved with Lannon Stone Products lives in one of our host communities. (Village of Richfield, Town of Lisbon, Village of Sussex).

Lannon Stone Products, Moraine Development, and Certified Trucking tithe 10% of our profit every year to make both our host communities and the broader world better places to live. While some of our giving programs are scheduled annually, we also leave room for flexibility as community needs arise. We analyze our giving program as part of every management meeting making sure that each host community is represented and we focus on 5 key areas:

  1. Charity — assistance to those needing a second (or sometimes first) chance.
  2. Community Places and Spaces — financial or construction material donations to churches, schools, and parks.
  3. Science Education — quarry tours, scholarships and program support for local schools focusing on science education.
  4. Community Events — financial assistance for festivals and fund-raisers.
  5. Public Safety — funds supporting projects or equipment purchases for local fire and police departments.