Vulcan Materials christens new tug boat

By |  October 8, 2012

Vulcan Materials Co. christened the M/V Hazel Demery, a new tug boat that will be used at the company’s Grand Rivers, Ky., facility. The new tug boat is named for Hazel Demery, a nurse and prominent fixture in the Grand Rivers community. Demery was guest of honor at the christening ceremony held at Vulcan’s harbor, which is adjacent to the Kentucky Dam & Locks.

Beginning in 1951, Demery worked as a nurse for Reed Crushed Stone, which was acquired by Vulcan in 1990. She continued working for Vulcan until retiring in 2009 with 58 years of service.

Darren Hicks, Vulcan’s director of human resources, southern and Gulf Coast area, said, “Hazel’s exemplary life has focused on service to our company, her community, her family and her church. I can think of no person more deserving of this honor than Hazel.”

Vulcan’s Grand Rivers facility includes a large limestone quarry, processing plant and harbor. The company ships large quantities of stone by barge on the Mississippi River and Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.

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