Industry of Year is Oldcastle Adams

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By Johnny Teglas

The Roane County Industrial Development Board named Oldcastle Adams Building Products Industry of the Year during its annual industry appreciation breakfast Thursday.
Oldcastle Adams provides masonry and ornamental concrete building products.
Its parent company is the largest building products manufacturer in the country — ranked 129 in the Fortune 500.
The Roane County facility supplies all the Lowe’s stores in Tennessee and Kentucky with outdoor lawn and garden stone and block.
Oldcastle “came to Roane County less than a decade ago, but has always felt like — and acted like — they were a part of the very fabric of Roane County,” Leslie Henderson, President/CEO of the Roane Alliance said.
Oldcastle Adams, which was called Big Rock Oldcastle when they first came to the Roane County Industrial Park, was chosen for the honor, according to Henderson, because the company treats both its employees and the community so well.
Employee programs include a tuition reimbursement program, a bonuys system to reward good attendance, safety and production, and a safety record that touts only one OSCHA accident in three years, and no lost time.
Community involvement is also important to Oldcastle, Henderson noted.
She listed building projects throughout the county where Oldcastle has generously donated materials. These include the Kingston Pavillion, the Roane Alliance building, the sally port at the county courthouse, the sidewalks to the splash pad at Roane County Part, the Fallen Officer Memorial in Harriman’s Riverfront Park, the wall surrounding the new entrance sign at Roane County Industrial Park.
In presenting the award to Keith Melton of Oldcastle, Henderson said “A good neighbor, good corporate citizen and an industry that we are proud to honor today.”
“We appreciate Oldcastle Adams’ commitment to our county and to their employees,” Roane Industrial Board Chairman David Webb said. “We want Oldcastle Adams to know how much we appreciate the good they do for our community and we wish them the best in the coming years.
Also honored at the event was The H.T. Hackney Co. for this year’s IDB Beautification Award.
In announcing the honor, Henderson said that with the 335,000 square foot Hackney facility along I-40 was first built, the industrial board knew that it was going to be the most visible industry in Roane County.
“It was important that the design of this huge facility be appealing, because it was going to become a virtual billboard for our park, as well as a reflection on our community.”
She said Hackney “did us proud with the way they designed and landscaped their new facility. And with the way they keep it up today. It is a showcase.”
Joe Cochran accepted the award on behalf of Hackney.
Prior to the awards presentations Roane State Community College President Gary Goff discussed the numerous outreach missions the college uses to work with new and existing industries and businesses.
He noted that two thirds of the college’s approximately 7,000 students study in programs that prepare them to be trained and workforce ready.
He touted the college’s 97 percent job placement rate which is the highest of any public institution in the state.
While Goff discussed past and current program and student successes, he also described new initiatives where the college is working with organizations to project future workforce needs.
These range from health services programs to advanced materials training.
The college also partners with business and industry through its small business development center, adult education, business incubation and community outreach and professional training.