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OCT 2016

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Page 20 of 63 ROCK products • October 2016 • 19 "Aggregate producers throughout the country were laying off people, utilizing one crew and one set of mobile equip- ment to go back and forth between their quarries in order to address the 50 percent drop in aggregates sales and produc- tion. Producers started to cut back significantly on people," Paul Jr. said. The cutbacks were engineers, process people and experi- enced senior employees. What became an underlying focus in the Mellott Company was investment in people and preparing for the eventual rebound in the industry and general econ- omy. Additionally, the company has been forced to address the ever-increasing scarcity of qualified technical personnel, service technicians in particular. "Skilled technical people are hard to find in our industry," said Jeff Rowland, human resources manager. "We offer a very competitive compensation package, but the reality is that many students go into fields that are more academically oriented. That means fewer people are available to keep aggregates machinery running." Focus on Education The company wanted to expand its emphasis on industry education and training the workforce of the future. The seeds of this endeavor had been planted many years earlier by Paul Jr. "Back in 1993, I was frustrated with the fact that we had so many job applicants who couldn't spell 'Warfordsburg' – the name of the town in which they lived! I went over to the local high school and asked the superintendent if we could do something to help. How could we get involved with the school to help inform these kids that their education was really important?" The company started a lecture series in the school. "Every two weeks, I would invite a speaker to come into the school to address the eighth grade and talk about what they did for a living," said Paul Jr. "The underlying theme of our message was that education is a critical part of life's journey and don't miss the opportunity to learn." The program eventually expanded to the senior class and now involves field trips, mock job-interviews, senior proj- ects designed around Mellott Company values, and the five scholarships that are awarded. In 2006, the company adopted a Values-Based Leadership culture, which was incorporated into the school partnership. "It has improved our relationship with the community by creating positive value-added experiences for the students," Watch your performance rise with the world leader in drilling at your side. 800-732-6762 THE NEXT LEVEL THE NEW DM30 II

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