Cajon Valley Middle School Visits Superior Ready Mix

Written by Alyssa Burley.

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On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 58 sixth grade students from Cajon Valley Middle School visited the Superior Ready Mix rock quarry in San Diego, CA.

The students toured the rock quarry, visited the labs where they test the strength of concrete and perform sieve analyses on the materials, and then made their own concrete projects to take home.

The teachers were thrilled the field trip was both educational and fun.  The students were extremely excited to learn about construction aggregates and the role they play in our communities. 

"This field trip was AWESOME," exclaimed one student.

The field trip was designed to introduce students to the real-world Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) that are involved in the construction aggregates industry, and to show how the industry is vital to our communities.

Photos by Crystal Howard

Photos by Crystal Howard

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Construction Aggregates Are Used to Divert Flood Waters in San Diego

Written by Alyssa Burley.

Photo: Sandbag. Courtesy of WikiMedia Commons.

Photo: Sandbag. Courtesy of WikiMedia Commons.

As the El Niño storms hit the California coast, many residents rush to gather sandbags to divert the rising waters away from their property.  These storms are a good reminder of how important construction aggregates (i.e., sand , gravel and crushed stone) are to our communities' infrastructure and safety. 

Construction aggregates are most commonly used to make concrete and asphalt products.  However, in times of extreme flooding, bags filled with sand are used to temporarily divert water away from structures.

In San Diego, Councilmember Scott Sherman's office teamed up with Superior Ready Mix and Urban Corps. to provide free sand and sand bags to local residents.  The sandbag pickup event was held at Qualcomm Stadium on Thursday, January 7, 2016. 

Superior Ready Mix has a rock quarry located about 3 miles from the stadium.  The company mines rock and produces asphalt at the site. 

Thank you Superior Ready Mix for providing the materials that keep San Diego safe!

Source: Watch KUSI's report.

Superior's Quarry Supplies Railroad Ballast for Coastal Rail Line

Written by Alyssa Burley.

San Diego construction aggregate producer, Superior Ready Mix was seen unloading railroad ballast for the double tracking of the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Corridor rail line.

Double tracking the LOSSAN corridor is a key activity to ensure the efficient movement of people and goods by rail.  Building an additional track will allow additional rail cars to be used to transport people and cargo resulting in additional environmental benefits to our region.

The rail system plays a critical role in the movement of people and goods in the San Diego region, as well as between San Diego, Los Angeles, and points further north.

NCTD's COASTER commuter rail service, Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner inter-city service, and the BNSF Railway freight service all rely upon the tracks to serve their customers.

The LOSSAN corridor is the second busiest intercity rail corridor in the nation supporting commuter, intercity and freight rail services, according to TransNet.

Photos by Crystal Howard

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Update: Local Producers Working to Improve Our Neighborhoods

Written by Alyssa Burley.

On June 24, 2014, we spotted Superior Ready Mix repaving a residential neighborhood off of Monroe Street, near Kensington. 

The photo on the left shows the asphalt pavement being removed and collected in a truck to be recycled.  The photo on the right shows the newly paved pothole-free street on August 6, 2014.

Photos by Crystal Howard

Photos by Crystal Howard

According to the Automobile Association of America (AAA), "Vehicle alignment can be knocked out of kilter and suspension parts can be damaged or broken when you hit a pothole hard enough."   So, it's important to maintain our roads and highways to reduce damage to our vehicles.

Source: AAA, Pothole Tips

Original Post: Local Producers Working to Improve Our Neighborhoods

Second Quarter Project Cornerstone Meeting Summary

Project Cornerstone held its quarterly meeting at the Kings Inn on May 23rd, 2014.  Speakers included an Assemblywoman, a representative from Habitat for Humanity and Project Cornerstone members.  Industry topics that were discussed included SB1270, Project Cornerstone’s progress and the  City of San Diego's proposed infrastructure budget and future efforts for funding.

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San Diego Construction Aggregate Producers Partner With Habitat for Humanity for Escondido Housing Project

Local construction aggregate producers, Robertson’s Ready Mix and Superior Ready Mix Concrete, L.P., contributed concrete to a San Diego Habitat for Humanity® project located on North Elm Street in Escondido.  The pour was made on May 21st in preparation for the Home Builder Blitz scheduled to take place from June 2nd-6th, 2014.

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