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Morris sand plant receives industry awards

Demonstrating a strong commitment to employee safety, health and the community, Hanson Material Service’s Morris Sand Plant was recognized with safety, environmental, community relations and industry leadership awards at the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers annual convention on Feb. 23 in Springfield.

The Morris Sand Plant, with just five employees, was presented with a Community Relations award, a Certificate of Achievement in Environmental Excellence, and a Rock Solid Excellence in Safety, the highest safety award offered by the IAAP, which was achieved in part due to no safety violations and no reportable injuries last year. These awards and other business practices gained Morris Sand Plant the very highest honor granted to a mining company member, the Industry Leadership Award.

For a number of years, the mine has been part of a collaborative effort with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Geological Survey and Army Corps of Engineers to test new methods of controlling the spread of invasive Asian carp into the Great Lakes.

Last year, the mine donated wood from an old barn on site that will be used as decorative paneling at a community-based fine arts center and held an educational open house for residents and dignitaries to give them an opportunity to witness the mining process and learn about safety measures and environmental efforts.

“By rewarding our industry’s leaders, these programs encourage IAAP members to adopt more proactive safety, health, environmental and community relations practices designed to ensure the company’s operations remain sustainable and upstanding members of the communities they serve,” Shawn McKinney, assistant director for the IAAP, said in a press release.

The Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers is the trade association serving the stone, sand, gravel and industrial mineral mining industry in Illinois

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