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The McCook Quarry: Helping build a better Chicagoland for more than 100 years
For more than 100 years, McCook Quarry has served local communities and the Chicagoland economy as an employer and provider of vital construction materials.
Local sources of high-quality construction aggregate help keep construction and infrastructure maintenance costs down for homeowners, businesses, municipalities, school districts and local governments.
It takes some 15,000 tons of aggregate to build the average hospital or school, 400 tons to build the average home, and 38,000 tons to construct one lane-mile of a four-lane interstate highway.
McCook materials are used in hundreds of miles of local neighborhood and arterial roads, sewers and other public works projects annually.
McCook materials have been used to build, reconstruct and maintain hundreds of area projects including: I-55, I-294, Soldier Field, O'Hare International Airport, Millennium Park and the Deep Tunnel Project.
McCook Quarry is an important local employer. The quarry supports 120-140 direct jobs and contributes significant tax dollars for local public resources.
McCook Quarry employs 120-140 people with an annual payroll, including benefits, of $12.013 million (2005-2008 average). Workers are represented by local trade unions.
McCook Quarry paid more than $13.409 million in taxes (2004-2008), including more than:
$7.792 million in real estate taxes (includes an estimate for 2008)
$1.185 million in sales and use taxes
$4.316 million in state unemployment and FICA
McCook Quarry is an industry leader, establishing best practices and standards. It is consistently recognized by national, state and local organizations for its positive safety record and its dedication to its local communities.
McCook Quarry has been honored by the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), the Illinois Association of Aggregate Produces (IAAP) and the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Recognitions include:
2011 NSSGA GOLD, Excellence in Community Relations
2008 NSSGA Excellence in Community Relations
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 IAAP Community Relations Award
2007 West Suburban Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business Award
2010 West Suburban Chamber of Commerce Positive Impact Award
2006, 2007 & 2008 IAAP Rock Solid Safety Gold Award
2006 IDNR Starved Rock Safety Award (zero lost-time injuries)
2005 IAAP Rock Solid Safety Silver Award
2005 NSSGA Pinnacle Award (recognizing community achievement)
McCook Quarry is a dedicated partner in the community, a socially responsible neighbor and good steward of the environment.
McCook workers contribute hundreds of hours of volunteer time annually for educational and community events.
McCook annually provides more than $100,000 in grants, material and product donations to help support community needs.
McCook has actively partnered with hundreds of groups, organizations, municipalities and local events including:
Boy Scouts of America - Des Plaines Valley Council
Burr Ridge Willowbrook Little League
Business-Education Program - West Suburban Chamber of Commerce & Industry Foundation
CEP Youth Leadership
City of Countryside
City of Countryside Annual Special Events, Presenting Sponsor
Countryside Business Association
Countryside Chamber of Commerce
HELP after-school program founding partner
Hinsdale Center for the Arts
Hodgkins Fraternal Order of Police
Hodgkins Park District
Hodgkins Police Department
Illinois Association of Educational Office Professionals
Illinois Regional Air Support Program Service
Kiwanis Club of La Grange
La Grange Business Association
La Grange Elementary School Distinct 102 Adopt-a-School
La Grange Elementary School Distinct 105 Adopt-a-School
La Grange Indian Guides and Indian Princesses
La Grange Little League
La Grange Park District
La Grange Police Department
Lyons Township High school District 204 Adopt-a-School
Lyons Township Little League
Lyons Township Quarry Advisory Council
Lyons Township Television (LTTV)
Lyons-McCook Business Association
Lyons-McCook Little League
McCook Police Department
Pets & Pals Charities - Annual LaGrange Pet Parade
Pillars Community Services
Pleasantdale School District 107 Adopt-a-School
Purdue University Architect Landscape Program
Rotary Club of LaGrange - Annual Pilgrim Pacer 5K
St. Cletus Oktoberfest
St. Francis Elementary School Adopt-a-School
Summit School District 104 Adopt-a-School
The H Foundation Goombay Bash for Cancer Research
Village of Hodgkins
Village of La Grange
Village of Lyons Senior Taxi Program
Village of McCook
Village of Western Springs
West Suburban Chamber of Commerce & Industry
West Suburban Senior Services
Western Springs Junior Football
Western Springs Police Department
Western Springs Police Department - National Night Out
YMCA of Greater La Grange
La Grange Area Department of Special Education
McCook Quarry is proud to partner with area schools to enhance student learning. Through in-class and on-site Adopt-a-School initiatives, McCook provides assistance, expertise and materials to dozens of local schools. McCook Quarry's Adopt-a-School partnerships include:
La Grange Area Department of Special Education
La Grange Elementary School Distinct 102
La Grange Elementary School Distinct 105
Lyons Township High school District 204
Pleasantdale School District 107
Summit School District 104
Annual Earth Science Day
Working with LaGrange School District 105 teachers and administrators, McCook developed Earth Science Day to augment the district's curriculum and help make learning fun. The partnership offers an alternative learning environment outside of the classroom for hands-on lessons in science, technology and engineering taught by quarry personnel. All sixth grade students in the district (about 120 students from 7th Avenue, Ideal, Hodgkins and Spring Elementary Schools) visit McCook Quarry in the fall to augment textbook and class lessons on geology. Students also learn about engineering, environmental services, quality control and land reclamation.
Annual Scout Day
Each year more than 100 Webelos from the Des Plaines Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America come to McCook Quarry to work their way through a series of lessons and stations - Geology 101, Fossil Hunt, Quarry Tour and Uses of Limestone. The activities help the scouts earn a Geologist Activity Pin.
Over the course of various hands-on lessons taught by McCook Quarry staff, the Scouts learn how limestone developed naturally over thousands of years, how skilled workers produce construction aggregates and, ultimately, how the material appears virtually everywhere from the concrete in the Trump Tower to their local streets, homes and schools.
Lyons Township Quarry Council
McCook Quarry, in partnership with the Township of Lyons and a neighboring quarry, formed the award-winning Lyons Township Quarry Advisory Council to facilitate open communications and to develop partnership opportunities with the surrounding communities. Participating communities include: Brookfield, Lyons, Lyons Township, La Grange, McCook, Countryside, Hodgkins, La Grange Park, Western Springs and Willow Springs.
Annual Law Enforcement Day
Law Enforcement Day was developed by McCook Quarry in partnership with the Lyons Township Quarry Advisory Council.
The day represents an opportunity for area police departments to interact with customer drivers, answer questions about regulations and traffic laws, and improve overall relations between all parties to make our communities safer. Officers from Countryside, Hodgkins, Lyons, McCook and Western Springs Police Departments participate annually with the McCook team.
Annual Halloween Safety Partnership
Each Halloween, McCook Quarry joins forces with Countryside, Hodgkins, La Grange, McCook and Western Springs Police Departments, along with students and faculty from Hodgkins, Ideal and Pleasantdale Elementary Schools, on a "Be Safe. Be Seen." safety campaign. The primary goal of the partnership is promote safety and ensure Halloween night is fun and safe for everyone.
McCook donates safety glow sticks and safety flyers to children and parents in the area. The glow sticks serve as a perfect safety accessory to any Halloween costume and/or goodie bag.
Each year, McCook Quarry provides educational tours to hundreds of local neighbors, business associations, vocational groups, schoolchildren and scouts. The tours include a detailed history of the quarry, Geology 101 and the production process. Each tour is tailored by the McCook team based on the age level of the participants and the size of the group. McCook has hosted open house events for the community, drawing upwards of 7,000 visitors.
Wildlife Habitat Council
As part of the Midwest Division, McCook Quarry partners with the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) and is an active supporter of Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation (Dundee, Ill.). The company's Macon Sand & Gravel (Decatur, Ill.) and Dousman Sand & Gravel (Oconomowoc, Wis.) facilities are certified wildlife habitat sites. Nationally, Vulcan has 40 WHC-certified sites, making it a leading participating company.
Fortune magazine "Most Admired Company"
In 2008 and for the eighth year, Vulcan was named to Fortune magazine's list of the World's Most Admired Companies. Over the past seven years, Vulcan has also been recognized twice as one of the Top 10 of all Fortune 1000 companies for Social Responsibility.
2008 Right Workplace Award
The award, given by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and Right Management recognizes Chicagoland businesses that improve their company's culture and competitive advantage by designing and implementing innovative and unique employee-focused programs. The Midwest Division was honored for its dynamic employee development initiative that focuses on individual development plans and total management involvement.