2018-11-07 / Front Page

County Chamber presents community service, Business of Year awards

Comet staff report

Bill Corbett, representing U.S. Aggregates, and Miriam Robeson Bill Corbett, representing U.S. Aggregates, and Miriam Robeson The 13th Annual Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Membership Meeting & Awards Dinner was held Nov. 1 at the Wabash & Erie Canal Center in Delphi.

Miriam Robeson was presented the 2018 Charles Carroll Award for community service, and U.S. Aggregates was named 2018 Carroll County Business of the Year.

Chamber board member Laurie Brower presented the award to Robeson, describing her “as passionate about our community.”

Robeson has been in the private practice of law for nearly 30 years. Her focus is in nonprofit, corporate, tax and agricultural law. She works with small and medium-sized nonprofits in their formation, operation and tax matters. She advises agricultural clients on business and tax planning issues. She also speaks throughout the state about nonprofit formation and governance and farm business planning. Since 2001 she has served as legal counsel for Carroll Consolidated School Corporation.

In 2015, Robeson was appointed by then governor, Mike Pence, to serve as one of seven Ports of Indiana Commissioners, responsible for Indiana’s three industrial ports.

She is co-owner of Robeson Farms and provides office support to her son for the operation of the sixth generation family farm.

Robeson is an active volunteer in the Flora and greater Carroll County community. She is a member of the Flora Community Club and serves on the Carroll County Economic Development Corporation and the Carroll County Agriculture Association. She is active in her church, Flora First Christian, where she serves as an elder, Sunday School teacher and choir director.

She and her husband, David Pickens, have three adult children, Samantha, Benjamin and Caitlin. They reside northeast of Flora.

Delphi Plant Manager Bill Corbett accepted the Business of the Year award on behalf of U.S. Aggregates. Chamber board member Dick Bradshaw presented the award.

U.S. Aggregates operates 18 locations in Indiana with its Delphi Stone Quarry one of the company’s largest and most productive facilities. The Delphi quarry is known for its superior quality of stone that is derived from the Silurian Reef deposit and is sought after by customers throughout the state.

Since U.S. Aggregates acquired the quarry in 1993, the company has made significant investments to modernize the plant, increase efficiencies and production rates while enhancing safety and quality. It has 26 full-time employees.

Over 500 students from Carroll and surrounding counties tour the quarry each year. Students learn about geology and have a question and answer session with plant employees. Each school tour ends with students being given the opportunity to explore the plant’s fossil pile and take a souvenir home with them.

The plant partners with Purdue University’s Geology Dept., Building Construction Dept. and Women in Construction program, as well as many local organizations, such as youth sports, scout troops, and the Wabash & Erie Canal Association, and others.

The plant’s fresh water pond serves as the Delphi Tri- Township Fire Department’s primary water source for large fires. The plant has installed two connection points where the department can fill its fire trucks; one is a standpipe and the other a pump outlet that is fitted to their trucks.

The quarry also regularly conducts emergency action drills with first responders on both day and night shifts; allows water rescue teams to dive and practice on its lake. The quarry has two Wabash River access points that are maintained. First responders have used the access points to allow rescue squads to access capsized boats and other water emergencies on the river.

In 2017, the plant received the Indiana Mineral Aggregates Association’s Shining Star Award for operating above and beyond industry standards in the areas of public safety, community relations, operations, and environmental enhancements.

The evening concluded with improv comedy entertainment by One Size Fits All.

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