Overdue recognition

By |  February 22, 2013

pq_hof_plaqueFor nearly 100 years, Pit & Quarry has reported on important innovations, followed the rise of companies and chronicled the growth of the aggregates industry – all of which is accomplished by individuals with a drive to succeed. These achievements are often recognized through awards given out by employers, local governments, media, and state and national associations.

With the purpose of honoring “lifetime” achievement, Pit & Quarry has started the industry’s first Hall of Fame. We were happy to announce the inaugural class last month, and those individuals will be honored at a black-tie dinner and induction ceremony March 17 during the NSSGA convention and AGG1 show in San Antonio.

The seven people being inducted have made important contributions to the industry through equipment innovation, process development, company building, association work – all important achievements in moving the industry forward and helping the people who work in it.

The process to choose the inaugural class began with you – our readers. Many of you took the time to nominate individuals you felt were worthy of inclusion. Pit & Quarry then put together a selection committee of people highly respected in our industry. It’s a group equally represented by producers, manufacturers, dealers, associations, and us, the trade press. This committee carefully pored over the nominations and cast its votes to select the first group of inductees.

Five of the seven people chosen were posthumous nominees, and the other two will join our selection committee to choose future hall-of-famers. That is how the process works.

We are proud of this first class – Emil Deister Sr., LeRoy Hagenbuch, Charles W. Ireland, Charles Luck Jr., Samuel Calvin McLanahan, Paul C. Mellott Jr. and Dr. Arthur Taggart. And we look forward to honoring future inductees for generations to come. It’s a recognition that is long overdue.

About the Author:

Darren Constantino is an editor of Pit & Quarry magazine. He can be reached at dconstantino@northcoastmedia.net.

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