Press Release
January 19, 1997

National Stone Association Announces 1997 Community Relations Program “Good Neighbors” Award Winners

Local Company Wins TopHonor

Watsonville, CA—Ten NSA members from around the United States and one from Canada have been selected to receive the prestigious Gold Medallion for Excellence in the NSA Community Relations Program’s “Good Neighbors” award competition. The Gold Medallion is the highest accolade given by the NSA to aggregates operations that strive to improve the quality of life in their home communities.

“NSA’s members believe strongly in giving back to the communities in which they live and work. Whether it’s an adopt-a-school program or mounting a community-wide Fourth of July celebration and concert, NSA’s aggregates producers care about the people of their communities,” said NSA President Joy Wilson. “Our member companies have a positive story to tell about the aggregates industry, and this year’s winners show they’re doing some remarkably innovative things to tell it.”

The Gold Medallion winners for 1997 include the A.R. Wilson Quarry of Granite Rock Company in Aromas, California. There were 38 entries from around the United States and Canada in 1997. The honors will be presented in San Antonio, TX, on February 10, 1998, at the annual Awards Breakfast held in conjunction with NSA’s 14th Annual Convention.

NSA’s Community Relations Program awards, established in 1989 to recognize aggregates producers whose community involvement and community support activities have enhanced the public’s perception of the industry and the individual operation, are originated in three categories.

Good Neighbors Bronze Medallion for Honorable Mention offers recognition to operations showing progress in implementing one or more of the Community Relations criteria categories.
Good Neighbor Silver Medallion for Outstanding Achievement is based on points accumulated for demonstrating substantial progress in all criteria areas.
Good Neighbor Gold Medallion for Excellence goes to entries receiving the highest number of points for superior performance in all criteria areas.
The judging is based on five criteria: uniqueness, defined objectives, implementation, level of community support and overall community and public awareness. The Community Relations program encourages aggregates producers to become actively involved in the life of their communities and clearly demonstrate that a quarry operation is an asset in any community.

The NSA, based in Washington, DC, is a trade association that represents more than 650 member companies and approximately 75,000 working men and women in the aggregates industry. During 1996, a total of 2.2 billion metric tons of crushed stone, sand and gravel, valued at $11.3 billion, were produced in the United States.

For more information, contact:
Keith Severson, Marketing Services Manager, 831.768.2063