Vulcan Materials Company
A Leader in Construction Aggregates and Materials
Inducted in 2004
Vulcan Materials Company, based in Birmingham, Alabama, provides infrastructure materials that are required by the American economy. Vulcan is the nation’s largest producer of construction aggregates, a leader in the production of other construction materials, and a major manufacturer of chemicals. Vulcan is an S&P 500 company that is listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol VMC.
Vulcan’s construction materials segment produces aggregates, primarily crushed stone, sand, and gravel, that are used in nearly all forms of construction. Large quantities of aggregates are used to build roads and nonresidential properties. Vulcan also produces asphalt and ready-mixed concrete.
Major Vulcan-supplied projects include O’Hare International Airport and the Navy Pier in Chicago, the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel, Lenox Tower and Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta, and Holt Lock and Dam near Tuscaloosa.
Vulcan’s construction materials operations are second-to-none in the industry and have set the standard with respect to safety, health, environmental stewardship, and community relations. Vulcan firmly believes that future success in the aggregates industry will be increasingly dependent upon strong performance as a good corporate citizen. Each of Vulcan’s divisions has implemented programs designed to monitor conditions at company facilities, assure compliance with relevant laws and regulations, and develop practices and procedures for the protection of environmental resources.
Vulcan continues to lead the stone industry in plant beautification. Vulcan also participates in a program to develop enhanced wildlife habitats at many of its quarries. This program is sponsored and sanctioned by the Wildlife Habitat Council, a non-profit organization comprised of corporate and environmental groups set up to help companies inventory wildlife species on corporate lands and then to provide habitat enhancements for those species. In 1991, the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association initiated its Environmental Eagle Awards program to encourage and recognize exemplary environmental quarrying performance. Vulcan has received a large share of these awards.
Vulcan Chemical manufactures chlorine, hydrochloric acid, caustic soda, potassium chemicals, and chlorinated organic chemicals. Vulcan’s chemicals segment is an active participant in Responsible Care, an initiative of the American Chemistry Council designed to bring about continuous improvement in the safety, health, and environmental performance of the chemical industry. The chemicals segment also has an ongoing occupational health program that incorporates industrial hygiene practices for air monitoring, biological monitoring, and medical surveillance. All three of Vulcan’s chloralkali plants have received energy efficiency awards from the American Chemistry Council.
Vulcan is actively involved in the communities in which it has operations. From its leadership in quarry beautification and the development of wildlife habitats to the creation of citizen advisory panels and the support of education, cultural groups, and charities, Vulcan and its employees are working to meet the challenges of corporate responsibility.
Vulcan’s charitable contributions strategy is focused on support of education, environmental stewardship, and encouraging employee involvement in these activities. This effort includes involvement in over 100 adopt-a-school programs, funding 98 scholarships, and conducting facilities tours for approximately 27,000 children in 2002. Vulcan has established and maintains 30 certified wildlife habitats, which is more than any other company in the U.S. Another 13 sites are in the process of obtaining wildlife habitat certifications.