Luck, Nye, Sandbrook and Squires enshrined in Hall of Fame

By |  March 6, 2018

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Four aggregate industry leaders joined the ranks of the Pit & Quarry Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony in Houston on Tuesday night.

The inductions of Charles Luck III (Luck Companies/Luck Stone), Ward Nye (Martin Marietta), Bill Sandbrook (U.S. Concrete) and Frank Squires (Superior Industries/Greystone) occurred in conjunction with AGG1 Aggregates Academy & Expo and the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association‘s (NSSGA) Annual Convention.

Charlie Luck IV, president and CEO of Luck Companies, accepted the Hall of Fame honor on behalf of his father. Luck III, a businessman, serviceman and civic leader born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, became president of Luck Stone in 1965, leading the company through three decades of expansion, technological advancement and environmental stewardship.


Today, Luck III serves as chairman of Luck Companies and continues to participate in the community through various civic and non-profit organizations. Luck III’s father, Charles Luck Jr., was inducted into the Pit & Quarry Hall of Fame in 2013.

Nye, who has served as president of Martin Marietta since 2006, as the company’s CEO since 2010 and as its chairman of the board since 2014, joins Luck in the Hall of Fame this year.

Nye, who also joins former Martin Marietta executive Steve Zelnak in the Hall, has long been a strong voice for the aggregate industry. Whether reaching out to Congress, touting the industry on national television or working with NSSGA, the industry has a true champion in Nye.

Sandbrook, another member of the 2018 Hall of Fame class, is vice chairman, president and CEO of U.S. Concrete.


Before leading U.S. Concrete, Sandbrook held leading positions at Tilcon and Oldcastle. He was instrumental to the turnaround effort at U.S. Concrete, applying leadership principles from his many years in the military to position his company as a top performer in the core markets it serves.

In addition to Sandbrook, Nye and Luck, Squires, a leading expert in the field of washing and classifying technologies who has served the aggregate industry for about 60 years, enters the Hall of Fame.

Squires is credited with five patents as a co-inventor of next-level control systems for single and multiple classifying tank systems. He spent a number of years at Eagle Iron Works before joining Greystone, where he was appointed as its vice president of sales and dealer relations. Squires currently serves as aggregate specialist for the washing and classifying division of Superior Industries.


The members of the 2018 class join 24 inductees who are already enshrined in the Pit & Quarry Hall of Fame. Like their Hall of Fame predecessors, the 2018 class will be represented in the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum in Leadville, Colorado.

Other members of the Pit & Quarry Hall of Fame include:

Bob Bartlett, National Stone Association
Glen Barton, Caterpillar
Eli Whitney Blake, Blake Rock Crusher Co.
J. Don Brock, Astec Industries Inc.
Emil Deister, Deister Machine Co.
Paul Detwiler Jr., New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co.
Paul Detwiler III, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co.
Richard J. Feltes, Feltes Sand & Gravel Co.
Bernie Grove, National Stone Association
LeRoy Hagenbuch, Philippi-Hagenbuch
Howard Hall, Iowa Manufacturing/Cedarapids Inc.
Donald M. James, Vulcan Materials Co.
Charles W. Ireland, Vulcan Materials Co.
Chuck Lien, Pete Lien & Sons
Charles Luck Jr., Luck Stone
Samuel Calvin McLanahan, McLanahan Corp.
Paul C. Mellott Jr., Mellott Co.
Bruno Nordberg, Nordberg Manufacturing Co.
Ralph Rogers, Rogers Group
Neil Schmidgall, Superior Industries
Kim Snyder, Eastern Industries Inc.
Arthur Taggart, Columbia and Yale Universities
Mark Towe, Oldcastle Inc.
Stephen P. Zelnak Jr., Martin Marietta Materials Inc.

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