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SSgt Reggie Holston

Reggie Holston, E6 Staff Sergeant United States Army, has been deployed to Dammam, Saudia Arabia. Reggie is a loader operator in Christiansburg, VA. Before he left, he submitted Chandler Concrete and Scott Canada for an outstanding employer award. The award is for Chandler Concretes support of hiring individuals that are in the National Guard and Reserves. Robert Vaughan, Chair of the Virginia ESGR, presented the award on Monday, January 16. The ESGR (Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve) is part of the Department of Defense. Chandler Concrete would like to thank Reggie for his service to our country and all of his hard work and dedication to Chandler Concrete.

EBase USA - Blue Ridge

EBase USA is a 100 year old train box car transformed into an entirely off the grid classroom.

EBase USA is the fourth EBase in the world and the first on the North American continent. The original EBase is located in Antarctica, and the other two are in India.

It is located in Floyd, Virginia at Apple Ridge Farms - a 96 acre farm that provides unique outdoor educational and academic programs for Roanoke's inner city and underprivileged youth since 1989.

The addition of EBase USA to the Apple Ridge Farm curriculum has strong links to its focus on outdoor and sustainability education. This heated and cooled stand-alone classroom is run entirely on wind and solar power, serving as a laboratory and model to educate students of all ages on how wind and solar power work.

Chandler Concrete generously donated the concrete needed for the sidewalk leading up to the EBase box car. The Young Construction Leader's of the AGCVA Roanoke District teamed up to form and finish the ADA compliant sidewalk as one of their yearly community volunteer projects.

Brian Brady with State Senator Rick Gunn (Alamance/Randolph)

CRMCA Concrete Day

Brian Brady attended the CRMCA Concrete Day in Raleigh on May 18 and 19. Visiting State Senators and Legislators and discussing issues important to our industry.

Brian Brady with State Senator Mike Woodard (Durham/Person/Caswell) (c) and Don Ingerson (r)

Leadership Rowan

Bob Cartner received his diploma from Rowan County Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Rowan

The Rowan County Chamber of Commerce has been presenting the Leadership Rowan program for 23 years with over 500 graduates. The course takes place over a nine-month period and participants get an in-depth view of community issues, in order to develop skills necessary to assume leadership roles and are exposed to community involvement opportunities. They are then challenged to apply their talents by volunteering for local boards and commissions.

Salisbury - Building Supply Vendor Night

Bobby Cartner addresses our vendors and customers at a vendor night in Salibury, NC.

Brian Brady (l) and Bobby Cartner (r) with Cherie Berry

Concord/Salisbury Area Safety Awards

NC Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry presented safety awards to Chandler Concrete Company Inc. Salisbury Plant #114 in the Gold Category (third consecutive year of being at least 50% below industry average in rate of days away from work, job transfer or restriction) as well as Chandler Concrete & Building Supply #115 Salisbury in the Gold Category (sixth consecutive year of being at least 50% below industry average in above categories).

Greensboro Touch a Truck

We recently participated in a touch a truck event in Greensboro, NC. Tyson Byrd (Greensboro mixer driver) gave the community an opportunity to get close to one of our trucks.

2016 Chandler Rodeo

We recently held our driver rodeo competition to select our representatives to go on to the Carolina Ready Mix Concrete Association (May 14th) and Virginia Ready Mix Concrete Association (April 25th) Mixer Rodeos.

This years winners

North Carolina: 1st place - Brandon Magdarz; 2nd place - Tyson Byrd

Virginia: 1st place - David Dillon; 2nd place - Eric Bridgen


To see more pictures of the rodeo click here

Congratulations Ted!

Ted Chandler was elected Chairman of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) at the annual association meeting in San Diego, California. Ted will serve as chairman for the 2016-2017 term.

Touch a Truck

Scott Queen and Darin Sifford (Salisbury) represented Chandler Concrete in the Salisbury Touch a Truck event.

Sue Bowman Retires

Sue Bowman, Christiansburg Accounting, recently retired from Chandler. Sue was an employee for 46 years.

Thanks for all your hard work and we are going to miss you.

Concrete Mix Components: Trends & Challenges

George Kuhn, Tech Services Manager in Christiansburg, participated in a panel discussion concerning "Concrete Mix Components: Trends & Challenges" as part of the 2016 Annual Virginia Concrete Conference in Richmond, VA.

The panel discussed a wide variety of subjects, including the challenges within our industry concerning fly ash and labor shortages.


Learn Hardscaping from the Experts

Build a better bottom line for your landscaping business with hardscape training by VERSA-LOK Retaining Wall Systems. VERSA-LOK’s unique construction allows unmatched design flexibility, ease of installation and durability. That means lower overall installation costs on every job. And that’s good for business.

In our seminars taught by NCMA-certified instructors, you’ll learn the fundamentals of installation, estimating, design and finishing details with the company that set the standard in segmental retaining wall systems. With VERSA-LOK, we'll teach you how to incorporate curves, multiangle corners, stairs, freestanding walls and columns into your landscaping projects—all without special units. Build a better future for your landscaping business with VERSA-LOK

Burlington, NC - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Blacksburg, VA - Thursday, March 3, 2016

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Janice Butler Retires

We recently held a retirement dinner for Janice Butler, who retired after almost 18 years in our accounting department at the corporate office in Burlington.

Congratulations, Janice! We're really going to miss you and hope that you'll enjoy every minute of your retirement.


Customer Appreciation Luncheon

We recently held our annual Customer Appreciation Luncheon in Salisbury.

400 customers attended the luncheon, which was help at the Salisbury Depot.


Winston-Salem Career Day

We recently partnered with Ace Avant to introduce high school students to the concrete industry.

We were on site showing how to discharge concrete. Ace Avant finished a slab and went over the particulars of forming, pouring, and finishing concrete.


Triad's Most Influential People

Ted Chandler, President and CEO, was recently named one of the most influential people in the Triad by the Triad Business Journal. The list is designed to recognize our region's key decision makers. Congratulations Ted!

To view the article in the Triad Business Journal, click here


United Way Day of Caring

Our location in Salisbury, NC recently participated in the United Way Day of Caring along with Wayne Brothers Construction.

We placed a 5' wide sidewalk leading into new playground equipment that was installed at Landis Elementary School in Rowan County. What makes this unique is that the new playground equipment was made to be used by all students, including those that may have physical disabilities/handicap or bound to a wheelchair. By placing the sidewalks, it makes the equipment wheel chair accessible (where previously it was not), and there are some students at Landis Elementary who are wheelchair bound. It was a great project to work on and to be involved with.

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JDRF One Walk

Team Chandler, in Burlington, NC recently participated in a three mile walk for the Jevenile Diabetes Research Foundation, raising ver $4,000.

Millions of people around the world live with type 1 diabetes (T1D), a life-threatening autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults. There is no way to prevent it, and at present, no cure. JDRF works every day to change this by amassing grassroots support, deep scientific knowledge and strong industry and academic partnerships to fund research.

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IRONMAN!

Eric Misenheimer, Technical Service Manager in Burlington NC, recently completed IRONMAN Louisville.

The race is 140.6 miles and is comprised of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run. This was Eric's 2nd IRONMAN.

Congratulations Eric!


Kiwanian of the Year

George Kuhn, Technical Service Manager in Christiansburg, VA, was recently honored by the Kiwanis Club of Christiansburg as "Kiwanian of the Year"

George has also served as President this past year.

George is a pictured with his awards as past president and Kiwanian of the year. Congratulations George!


NRMCA Driver Championships

Congratulations to Brandon Magdarz for participating in the NRMCA Driver Championships in San Antonio, Texas.

Brandon is a driver in our Hillsborough, NC plant. Shown here with his daughter Mya.

Great job Brandon!


Love of the Sport

Lewis Baldwin, driver from our Asheboro plant, was recently featured in The Courier-Tribune in Asheboro. Here is his story...

Lewis Baldwin strapped on a pair of boxing gloves for the first time when he was 14 years old.

Nearly half a century later, he does not don the gloves much anymore.

But that's not to say he never does.

Ever since he stopped competitive boxing in his early 20s, Baldwin has been passing on his knowledge of the sport.

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Stop Hunger Now

Burlington office employees donated their time to the Stop Hunger Now organization by attending a meal packaging event hosted by Buckner Companies.

It was a fun, hands-on and rewarding experience. 10,000 meals packaged in under 2 hours! "Working together to end hunger in our lifetime..."


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Touch-A-Truck 2015

Boy Scout Troop 39 out of Chapel Hill, NC recently held their 7th Annual Touch-A-Truck event to support UNC Children's Hospital.

Tyson Byrd, Ready Mix Driver in Burlington, NC made sure a good time was had by all participants.

Troop 39 was founded in 1912 and is one of the oldest continuously chartered scout troops in the United States.

All proceeds are used to support NC Children's Hospital and Boy Shouts of America Troop 39's service projects and activities.


2015 Chandler Rodeo

We recently held our mixer driver rodeo to determine the drivers that would represent us in the statewide competitions, with an opportunity to compete in the national competition.

Representing us in the CRMCA Mixer Driver Championship in Charlotte on May 24-25 will be winner Stephen Welch and runner up Brandon Magdarz.

Representing us in the VRMCA Mixer Driver Championship on May 4 will be winner Todd Moore and runner up Ricky Marshall.

Thanks to all the participants and congratulations to Stephen, Todd, Brandon, and Ricky!

Best of luck in the state competitions!


2015 Chandler Rodeo Gallery

Brandon Magdarz (l - NC Runner up) and Stephen Welch (r - NC Winner)

Todd Moore (l - VA Winner) and Ricky Marshall (r - VA Runner up)


Bret Queen - Environmental Professional Certification

Bret Queen recently earned his Environmental Professional Certification for the Ready Mixed Concrete Industry.

One more example of our commitment to our environment and our communities.

Congratulations Bret!


Learn Hardscaping from the Experts

Build a better bottom line for your landscaping business with hardscape training by VERSA-LOK Retaining Wall Systems. VERSA-LOK’s unique construction allows unmatched design flexibility, ease of installation and durability. That means lower overall installation costs on every job. And that’s good for business.

In our seminars taught by NCMA-certified instructors, you’ll learn the fundamentals of installation, estimating, design and finishing details with the company that set the standard in segmental retaining wall systems. With VERSA-LOK, we'll teach you how to incorporate curves, multiangle corners, stairs, freestanding walls and columns into your landscaping projects—all without special units. Build a better future for your landscaping business with VERSA-LOK

Blacksburg, VA - Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Burlington, NC - Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Most Influential!!!

Ted Chandler, President / CEO, was selected as one of the Triad's Most Influential People by the Triad Business Journal.

From the Triad Business Journal on what makes one influential...."It isn't defined by how many boards an individual sits on, but rather how an individual is making a difference within such organizations. Some motivate others by their actions; others by their generosity and still others by the ability to build consensus. At the end of the day, they get results - which ultimately is the measure of influence."


Dirty Dan Dash Mud Run

The Dirty Dan Dash Mud Run that was held in Danville. Chandler Concrete once again sponsored one of the obstacles for the 3.7 mile event.

Our obstacle consisted of the runners picking up and carrying an 8" CMU approximately 700 yards. There were approximately 315 runners this year. Congratulations to all the participants.



BOO!!!

Happy Halloween! Employees celebrating Halloween in the corporate office in Burlington.


Career Car Show Event

David Dillon, Virginia ready mix driver, participated in a “Career Car Show Event” at Cloverdale Elementary School on October 27th, 2014.

From Malia Huffman, guidance counselor at Cloverdale:
Thanks so much for allowing your guys to come out and spend the day with our students at the Career Car Show Event here at Cloverdale. It was a BIG success - and they were very good with the students - able to provide great examples and speak well to all levels of kids! We are very appreciative of the time you allowed us out of your busy schedules! A thousand THANKS!


Healthy Outcomes

Congratulations to John Champ, Salisbury Mixer Driver!

John was the overall winner of our 2014 Healthy Outcomes Wellness Program. Thanks to all employees who participated.

Pictured L to R, Bobby Cartner, John, Ken McAdams and Sonia Pires.


Greensboro Greenway

The roar of heavy equipment and the backup beep of concrete mixers still rumble from the Chandler Concrete plant, which hunches over the railroad tracks on Mill Street. But not for long.

The biggest obstacle to completing the Downtown Greenway appears to have been removed this week with the sale of Chandler Concrete's Greensboro plant to a company called Mill Street Commons.

Though the plant sits well northwest of the Downtown Greenway, it was the last customer using the rail line from Spring Garden Street to Battleground Avenue. And that rail line was the proposed western leg of the greenway from Spring Garden Street to Smith Street.

To read the full article in the Greensboro News & Record, click here.


IRONMAN Maryland

Congratulations to Rich & Becky Gabrielli and Eric Misenheimer for completing the IRONMAN Maryland triathlon on September 20th, 2014. They were joined by 4 other friends in the Burlington area. This was their first IRONMAN 140.6 mile race.

IRONMAN Maryland is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 mile run.

Please join us in congratulating them on a fantastic accomplishment. Way to go Rich, Becky, and Eric!

Rich is our IT Manager at our corporate office in Burlington. Eric is our Technical Services Manager at our corporate office in Burlington.

 


Annual Vendor Show

On April 30, Chandler Concrete & Building Supply hosted their annual Vendor Show. The customer invitational show and dinner was held at the Salisbury Depot and was host to over 180 customers.

Many of our vendors were on hand to 'meet and greet' customers and to showcase many of their latest products. Chandler's own Grotto display was set up using a short cornered parapet wall, and utilizing a fire pit with gas burning flame to create a cozy back yard setting.

Dinner was served up by Big Daddy's Restaurant from Mooresville. Customers, vendors and employees alike enjoyed a great meal of flounder, shrimp, catfish, clam strips, deviled crab and chicken.

The evening was topped off by numerous door prizes, provided by our vendors and Chandler Concrete & Building Supply.

You can get more information on our vendors and products we carry by visiting our main Building Supply website.

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Fly ash and concrete: Coal combustion by-product use

Eric Misenheimer, Technical Services Manager, was recently interviewed for a story by FOX8's Julie Grant:

Fly ash is a by-product of coal combustion. It can be reused in concrete production as a supplementary cementitious material. "It is kind of ironic that it is a coal combustion by-product, but it reduces the carbon footprint of concrete overall," said Eric Misenheimer, technical service manager at Chandler Concrete Company, Inc., based in Burlington.

According to Misenheimer, when coal ash is added to the concrete-making process, it reduces the amount of Portland cement that is needed. Misenheimer said that by eliminating some of the Portland cement, less energy is used in the process and the production is "much more environmentally-friendly." Chandler has nearly 40 plants and they have been using coal ash for nearly 40 years.

"It is much easier to obtain, and much cheaper to obtain and use, and it produces a better concrete," said Misenheimer.


Chandler Acquires Prestige Plants in NC

We are very pleased and excited to announce that we have completed the acquisition of Prestige Concrete Products, Inc. in North Carolina effective April 12, 2014. The purchase includes the concrete plants in Greensboro and Winston-Salem and twenty-five front discharge mixers.

We are also very excited to welcome our new employees from Prestige into our company. Their reputation of providing excellent customer service will be a great fit in Chandler.

The Winston-Salem and Greensboro facilities, coupled with our existing plants in North Carolina, will give us a greater presence in the Triad as well as expanding our market into Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Our combined strengths will give us an even greater competitive advantage in these markets.

Chandler Concrete Company, Inc. is a family owned and operated company and has been in the ready mixed concrete business for over 40 years. With over forty existing facilities throughout central and western North Carolina and south and southwest Virginia, we can handle projects of all sizes and specifications.

Prestige Concrete Products, Inc. was started by Joe Wolfe in October 2004. Mr. Wolfe opened the Winston-Salem plant in 2004 and later expanded into Greensboro. The company operated as Star Ready Mix until it was sold to Prestige in 2007.


Gary Bruce - 2013 Driver of the Year

  • Started at the company at age 22
  • Has been with Chandler for 8 years
  • Top hauler in the company 2013 (6459 cubic yards, 882 trips)
  • In 2013, he was the best of the best!

To see a recap of our 20th Annual Safety and Employee Recognition Banquet click here


Kilimanjaro or Bust!

Bob and Maddie Chandler recently completed a partnered expedition with LIVESTRONG and Survivor Summit to Mount Kilimanjaro, located in the east African nation of Tanzania. At 19,341 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro not only represents the highest peak in Africa, but the tallest free standing mountain in the world. Congratulations Bob and Maddie. We are very proud of you!

The Mission of the Survivor Summit Foundation is to lead cancer survivors and their supporters on life altering journeys, inspiring them and the community at large to challenge the mental and physical boundaries associated with cancer.


Virginia ACI Commonwealth Award

Owner: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Design Architect: Snohetta, New York, NY
Structural Engineer: STV Group, Inc., Douglasville, PA
Civil Engineering Consultant: Thompson & Litton, Radford, VA
Construction Manager at Risk: Holder Construction Company, Atlanta, GA
Concrete Contractor: Wayne Brothers, Inc., Kannapolis, NC
Concrete Supplier: Chandler Concrete, Christiansburg, VA

Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech - Winner of the 2013 Virginia ACI Chapter's Award of Excellence. One of the most significant and spectacular concrete structures ever built in the New River Valley, the 147,000 square-foot, $100 million Moss Performing Arts Center was completed and opened in 2013. The center is located near the corner of Virginia Tech's Alumni Mall and the town of Blacksburg's North Main Street, and includes visual arts galleries, amphitheater, four-story experimental Cube, multiple studios and a 1,260-seat performance hall. It also offers a multimedia studio, production control room, newsroom and associated classrooms in support of Virginia Tech's Department of Communication, and is the headquarters of both the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech and the Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology.

Notable facts for the project:
23,000 square-feet of glass cover the building; 1,500 workers contributed to the construction project; 4,200 square-feet of gallery space is available; 5,000 square-feet makes the stage in the performance hall the largest on campus; 1,260 seats are inside the performance hall; 100 feet high is the fly tower housing the lines, pulleys and other devices to allow the stage crews to move lights, scenery and other performance components; 92 feet is the depth of the deepest part of the foundation; 1 million feet of conduit and data cables snake throughout the building; The LEED gold certification building contains 18,168.25 cubic yards of concrete supplied to seven different subcontractors. Forty different mix designs were supplied to seven different sub-contractors completing various sections of the project, with 90% of the concrete going to Wayne Brothers, Inc. and McKinney Drilling Company.


Science Fair Grand Award Winners

Jordan Kuhn, son of George Kuhn, Technical Services Manager in Virginia and his science fair partner Eric Chang won first place in the 2014 Blue Ridge Highlands Regional Science Fair, hosted by Radford University. First place winners in each category advance to the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair held at Virginia Military Institute. Grand Award winners (two projects are chosen) receive an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the International Science Fair (sponsored by Intel), held this year in Los Angeles, CA on May 11-16. Jordan and his project partner Eric Chang were one of the two Grand Award winners this year, and repeated their win from last year when they got to go to Phoenix, AZ to compete.

Jordan's project is Designing, Testing, and Prototyping Agricultural Drones. They designed, and then built and tested a drone that could fly at low level and low speed utilizing the concept of ground effect flight, where fixed wing aircraft flying close to the ground experience increased lift and reduced drag. Their project focused on the potential utilization of this concept in agricultural applications, such as crop dusting.

Jordan and Eric attend the Southwest Virginia Governor's School, which provides accelerated and enriched science and mathematics education for students in Southwest Virginia. It is one of 19 such programs throughout the state of Virginia. Another part of the curriculum is an internship each student is required to complete with a local business. Jordan interned with Chandler Concrete in March of 2013.


Jeff Hinkle - Recognized by NRMCA Committee

At the NRMCA Concrete Works meeting in Las Vegas, Jeff Hinkle (left) was recognized by Gary Mullins and the OES (Operations, Environmental and Safety) committee for testifying before congress in Washington, DC on the 30 minute driver law. Thank you Jeff!


Danville Public Safety Center

Pervious concrete being placed behind a Grotto Stone Segmental Retaining Wall in Danville, VA. The wall was designed using a pervious concrete to act as the drainage aggregate and part of the wall mass. The pervious concrete was a huge cost savings over other wall designs being considered for this site. The installer on this wall is Lewis Nursery.


Chandler - V3 Award Recipient

Bret Queen accepts the V3 Bronze Award. Virginia Values Veterans (V3) is for organizations who desire to improve their business performance through improved workforce productivity and believe re-capitalizing their workforce with Veterans should be part of that effort.

Pictured (l to r) John Edwards, Virginia State Senator; Bret Queen, Roanoke General Manager; and Joseph Barto, President of TMG.


Congresswoman Ellmers Visits Chandler

On August 28, 2013, Chandler Concrete welcomed Congresswoman Renee Ellmers to Asheboro, NC. to visit our ready mix facility. Congresswoman Ellmers represents North Carolina's 2nd district.


Congresswoman Foxx Visits Chandler

On August 21, 2013, Chandler Concrete welcomed Congresswoman Virginia Foxx to Salisbury, NC. to visit our ready mix and building supply facilities. Congresswoman Foxx represents North Carolina's 5th district.


2013 CPN Star Award Winner

Chandler Concrete Company was awarded the CPN (Construction Professionals Network of NC) Star Award for the QUAD Residence Hall Renovation at UNCG for projects greater than $20 million. Chandler partnered with UNCG and D.H. Griffin Construction Company to earn the honor.

The CPN Star Award is a symbol of excellence in construction. The Star Award honors chosen projects that are the most outstanding new construction projects in the State of North Carolina, that is selected on the merits and challenges of the project by an objective group of judges. The Star Award represents a symbol of excellence and is the highest achievement in the Design and Construction industry. Click here to see more information on the award.




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