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Chief Logan Project Completion Celebrated by Gov. Tomblin

December 20, 2016

A ribbon cutting ceremony Monday marked the completion of Kanawha Stone Company project, Tomblin Drive, in Chief Logan State Park.

The two mile access road connecting the Chief Logan Lodge and Conference center to the state park was finished on time and under budget. Paul Mattox, state Transportation Secretary, said the road has been needed for a long time and thanked Kanawha Stone for timely construction.

“It wasn’t easy at all, Mattox said. “It’s very mountainous terrain and some steep grades.”

Mattox was joined at the ribbon cutting by Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources representatives and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, whom the road derives its name from.

Kanawha Stone Company Awarded 2016 Excellence in Construction Award

November 3, 2016

Kanawha Stone Company proudly accepted a 2016 Excellence in Construction award from the West Virginia chapter of the Associated Building and Contractors on October 27th at the Waterfront Hotel in Morgantown. The award for the category of $2 - $100 million projects highlighted Kanawha Stone’s recently completed work for Mon View Phase II and III Development near Morgantown, WV.

The project included the development of 65 acres of land in Monongalia County, WV. Totaling more than 1.5 million cubic yards of excavation, the project provided commercial and community use features.

The project property sits adjacent to University Town Centre (also a Kanawha Stone Company project) and added retail development as well as the “Ballpark in the Community” field, home of the West Virginia Black Bears Minor League baseball team, and the West Virginia University baseball team.

Kanawha Stone Company completed the project on time and under budget.

Kittredge Guest Lectures at Virginia Tech University

October 28, 2016

Kanawha Stone Company President, Tom Kittredge, presented to Virginia Tech University students earlier this month about the advancements and benefits of using management metrics on construction projects.

Kittredge was invited to be a guest lecturer to Hokie students in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction.

“We were really excited to present,” said Kittredge. “We have had some critical breakthroughs and successes on our projects using these methods, and we think it’s important to share that knowledge and success with future engineers and contractors. I’m grateful to Virginia Tech for allowing us to be a part of their respected institutional learning process.”

Kittredge’s lecture left a lasting impression with students, inspiring them to implement such management skills while in school to better prepare themselves for careers after graduation.

“I think he should be his own TED Talks,” said one student. “His information was important for people not just in the construction industry, it was great business advice. It could help a lot of people.”

Kittredge was invited to be a returning guest lecturer at the University.

Kanawha Stone Company Teams With TERRADON Coporation for Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser

October 17, 2016

Kanawha Stone Company president, Tom Kittredge, and TERRADON Corporation president, Bill Hunt, are still cleaning the whipped cream from their clothes after a fundraising event in support of Breast Cancer Awareness on Friday.

Kanawha Stone Company and TERRADON hosted a ‘Pie Your Bosses’ tailgate lunch to celebrate Bosses Day with a fundraising twist. The celebration of both presidents and company owners, Art and Virginia King, helped fundraise and bring awareness to CAMC Cancer Center Branches Boutique in Charleston, WV.

Kanawha Stone Company and TERRADON have joined in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month by organizing ‘Pink Friday’s’, where employees wear pink in support of the cause.

As part of this effort, Kelly Pauley, Kanawha Stone Administrative Assistant, and other staff members planned the pie throwing event to tie National Bosses Day into their fundraising efforts. Pauley said the efforts are part of a much larger cause that everyone should be aware of.

“These events are just a way to make it fun for employees,” Pauley said. “But it’s also a way to bring awareness to cancer, which affects almost everybody and that could happen to anybody.”

For five dollars employees were given the chance to ‘pie’ their bosses in the face. Kittredge and Hunt were served more than 30 pies. The two companies matched the sales from the pies to donate to the charity. The money donated to CAMC Cancer Center Branches Boutique will go toward spa treatments and wigs for patients battling cancer.

Kittredge said the event is one way to bring employees together for a common cause.

“By acknowledging bosses day we were able to bring Kanawha Stone and TERRADON employees together for a larger cause,” Kittredge said. “The pie throwing event was a fun way to raise money for a charity that is held dear to so many of our staff.”

Pink ribbons will be sold and other donations for CAMC Cancer Center Branches Boutique will be taken throughout the month of October at both companies.

Kanawha Stone Company Earns Third Consecutive 'Project of the Year' Award

May 18, 2016

Kanawha Stone Company recently earned an unprecedented third consecutive ‘Project of the Year’ Award from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Staunton District.

The latest award was in recognition of Kanawha Stone Company’s performance for the replacement of a bridge over Gooney Creek and roadway improvements on Route 340, Stonewall Jackson Highway. Kanawha Stone Company completed the $12.7 million project on time and under budget for the Staunton District. The project included one mile of new road construction and the relocation of a 400 foot-long, two-lane, three-span bridge.

Crews performed 130,000 cubic yards of excavation work, associated storm drainage, and placed 170,000 tons of special rock fill embankment for the project. The bridge featured a steel superstructure and concrete deck with architectural stacked stone railing that resembled a farm fence, matching the surrounding landscape. The architectural treatment was added to the bridge parapets to resemble the rock walls along the nearby Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.

During the March 24th awards ceremony, Staunton District officials noted that Kanawha Stone Company was the only contractor to have ever been awarded ‘Project of the Year’ for three consecutive years. In addition to the 2015 Gooney Creek project, VDOT recognized the company for its 2014 work on the Indian Hollow Road Bridge over the South Fork Shenandoah near Bentonville, Warren County, VA, and its 2013 project in Page County, VA for the Compton Creek/NSR Bridge.

Staunton District Area Construction Engineer Robert Good said, “Projects must be completed on time and within budget to be considered for the Staunton District Project of the Year Award. Each project is then evaluated on difficulty, appearance, and quality. Kanawha Stone Company has consistently completed projects with high marks in each of these categories.”

Related, the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance awarded Kanawha Stone Company a ‘Contractor Safety Award’ for four consecutive years from 2012 to 2015 for safe work during the construction of these projects.

Company President Tom Kittredge said, “We are extremely proud of the safe, quality work our team has performed on these projects. We have been able to build respectful working relationships with the Staunton District staff and provide exceptional results to the District’s communities. We are proud of the hard work of all our employees.”

Kanawha Stone Company is a second-generation, family-owned business. The firm has provided services throughout the Appalachian region since 1973, building critical infrastructure including roads, bridges and utilities.

KSC Intern Paige Thewes Earns CAWV Scholarship

March 24, 2016

Paige Thewes, a junior civil engineering major at Marshall University, was recently awarded a $6,000 scholarship from the Contactor’s Association of West Virginia Foundation. Thewes, who is the daughter of Kanawha Stone Company General Superintendent Jack Thewes, has worked during summers and holiday breaks for Kanawha Stone Company and TERRADON Corporation since graduating from high school in 2013.

“As a third generation bridge builder, I have a passion for structures and designing them,” Paige said. “I chose civil engineering [as a major], because highway and bridge design and construction have always been interesting to me. I enjoy watching the different stages of projects come together to form the final product with the greatest admiration. Each semester I fall further in love with engineering.”

Paige’s interest in construction and engineering began as a small child, when her father took her to various construction sites. “As I watched my father and the workers, I fell in love with the hustle and bustle that occurs on a site.” After high school, Paige began working for Kanawha Stone Company during summers as a carpenter’s assistant, flagger, and laborer. During winter breaks, she worked at TERRADON as a field sampler and inspector for the Geo-Environmental group.

Paige realizes her hands-on experience in the field gives her an advantage over students who only have textbook understanding. “Most students never get the experience of actually seeing what happens on a job site before they graduate.”

She said she was fortunate to meet several CAWV members who helped shape her vision of the construction industry in West Virginia, including Kanawha Stone Company founders Art and Virginia King, and other industry veterans. “These people were all self-made, and inspired me to want to achieve and exceed what they have done in their careers.”

“After graduating, I would like to pursue a career as a structural engineer, and eventually own my own construction company,” she said. “Upon graduation, I would like to work for a contractor for a few years to get experience and then start my own construction company with my family. I plan on staying in West Virginia and working in the area. I plan on eventually being a member of the West Virginia Contractor Association. Getting this scholarship is a great way to help me continue going to school so I can eventually become a contractor and member.”

Paige is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers. She has been elected to two officer positions in SAME-ASCE, which are Social Chair and Sophomore Representative. As a freshman, she founded a professional engineering fraternity called Theta Tau, where she has served as Vice President, Fundraising Chair, Pledge Chair, and Petition Chair. She is also in the National Honor Society, Gamma Beta Phi, and was Captain of Marshall’s Concrete Canoe Team in 2016. Outside of Marshall University, Paige volunteers for Make-A-Wish and is active in her church.

When Opportunity Knocked Kanawha Stone Answered

December 4, 2015 - reprinted from The State Journal

Kanawha Stone president Tom Kittredge figures Geraldo Rivera deserves at least some of the credit for changing his life. Kittredge was working his way up the ladder at the family owned and operated company 35 years ago when Rivera, then an aspiring journalist, did a story for ABC’s “20/20” news magazine on Mingo County’s Tank Rock and the threat it posed to a mobile home community in a ravine far below. People took notice, Kittredge recalls......Click here for the complete article.

KSC Earns Contractor Safety Award in "100,000-250,000 Manhours" Category

April 9, 2015

The Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance recently awarded Kanawha Stone Company an Honorable Mention Award in the 2014 Contractor Safety Award in the "100,000-250,000 Manhours" Category. Tom Witt, Engineer Director for VTCA, expressed "congratulations on this tremendous accomplishment," which will be presented Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the VTCA Spring Conference in Hampton, VA. "Your dedication to providing a safe working environment for your employees and the traveling public is to be commended," Witt said.

Southfork Shenandoah Bridge Earns Project of the Year Award

March 31, 2015

The Southfork Shenandoah Bridge recently earned a 2015 Project of the Year Award from the Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District. Despite challenging conditions due to inclement weather and the location of a curving river on the project site, Kanawha Stone Company's skilled workforce constructed the four-span, two-lane box beam structure on time and within budget in October 2014. The bridge is located near Bentonville, VA.

ACEC Virginia Selects Compton Creek/Route 340 Bridge for Merit Award

November 30, 2014

Recently, ACEC (American Council of Engineering) Virginia held its annual Engineering Excellence Awards competition judging. The competition consisted of a stellar group of engineering projects, 19 in all, which was a new record high for entries.

After individual rankings and group discussion on each project, the judges selected Kanawha Stone Company's Bridges at Compton Creek/Route 340 for a Merit Award.

The mission of ACEC Virginia is to foster a business climate to sustain our members' contributions to the built environment for the public good in Virginia and throughout the world. The following award programs recognize member firms and their employees for their hard work and dedication to the engineering industry.

Compton Creek/NSR Bridge Earns Honorable Mention Award

October 10, 2014

The Compton Creek/NSR Bridge has earned an Honorable Mention Award from the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance. The award will be formally announced and presented during the 2014 VTCA Consultant Forum in Richamond in late October 2014.

Located in Page County, VA, the project was performed for the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District. Work consisted of two bridge replacements at Compton Creek (568 ft, 4 Span) and over Norfolk Southern rail line (150 ft, Simple Span), paving and roadway alignment for 2.1 miles of Route 340.

Typical highway construction activities such as clearing, surveying, and erosion and settlement control were part of the contract as well. KSC moved nearly 850,000 CY of excavation and grading in tough Karst geology, performing its own drilling and blasting. The Project Value was completed on time and under VDOT’s budget.

KSC Wins ABCWV Mega Project Excellence in Construction Award for the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve

September 23, 2014

Kanawha Stone Company, Inc. recently won the Mega Project Excellence in Construction Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., West Virginia Chapter for KSC’s work in developing the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve (the Summit).

Mega Projects include those that are valued at more than $100 Million; total contract value for all stages of work on the Summit totaled $112 Million. Innovative programs relating to personnel management, quality control, scheduling, safety and economic impact were factors in the award selection.

Site selection an design began as early as 2007, with construction taking place from 2010-2013. According to the WV Development Office, on-site contractors, including Kanawha Stone and TERRADON, employed nearly 1,000 people for design and construction, of which 80 percent were West Virginians. In addition, $16 million in materials were purchased in West Virginia, with more than $9 million of materials from vendors in Fayette, Raleigh or Nicholas counties.

The camp’s construction has produced an economic impact of $50 million in wages and materials alone, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said. Upon opening for the 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree, area hotels, restaurants, state parks and recreational facilities experienced a surge in visitors from the scouts and their families, both in the area and en route.

“Millions of dollars associated with materials, labor and tourism have boosted the local economy, with millions more to come...,” Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said in July 2013. “Together, we are building a sustainable future for the region, our beautiful state, and the tens of thousands of scouts from West Virginia and across the globe who will enjoy the reserve for years to come.”

Kanawha Stone Company Wins Awards for Best Project, Safety

August 1, 2014

Kanawha Stone Company recently earned two awards recognizing its commitment to safety and quality. The Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA) named Kanawha Stone Company a 2013 Contractor Safety Award Category Winner in the 500,000-750,000 Man Hours category.

Additionally, Kanawha Stone Company’s work on a $23.9 million bridge replacement in Page County, VA, which consisted of a bridge replacement and road alignment for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), was recognized by VDOT as the Staunton District’s “Project of the Year” for 2013.

Staunton District Construction Engineer Todd A. Stevens, PE, CCM, said, “Of the four projects nominated for this award, it rated highest in all categories, which included difficulty, appearance and quality. Based on my observations, Kanawha Stone, VDOT and Consultant staff all came together to create an efficient and effective team.”

The Page County project consisted of two bridge replacements for VDOT at Compton Creek (568 ft, 4 Span) and over Norfolk Southern rail line (150 ft, Single Span), as well as paving and roadway alignment for 2.1 miles of Route 340 in Rileyville, VA. The Project was completed within budget and on time in October 2013.

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