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December 2012 - Gilchrist Construction Company, LLC

January 2013

VOLUME 6, ISSUE 1

Asphalt Plant receives NAPA Awards

The National Asphalt Paving Association (NAPA) has awarded the Alexandria Asphalt

Plant both the Diamond Achievement Commendation and Diamond Quality Commendation

Awards.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Health Tracks TM

Free Wellness Exams

Flu Shots

IN EVERY ISSUE

Jobsite Updates

Service Anniversaries

Employee News

SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST

Asphalt Plant Awards

Living Our Core Purpose

The Diamond Achievement Commendation was

received for excellence in Hot-Mix Asphalt

Plant/Site Operations. Patterns of growth all

over the country have placed many asphalt

plants in the midst of communities. This development

makes it imperative that asphalt plants demonstrate good corporate citizenship

and neighbor-friendly operations. The assessment of the plant/site operations included

appearance, operations, environmental practices, safety, permitting and regulatory

compliance, and community relations.

The Diamond Quality Commendation focused

on plant practices resulting in excellent product

quality. This Commendation extends the idea

of a blueprint for excellence to the pavement

material that is produced. The areas evaluated

included quality management, rap and aggregate

handling, asphalt storage, drying and mixing, air quality, truck scales, silos, and

control rooms.

Congratulations to the entire Asphalt Crew. These awards reflect the results of living

our Core Purpose: “working together to improve ourselves, our industry, and our communities.

Pictured: Curtis Schultz, Asphalt QC Manager. Nathan Brossett, Asphalt Plant Operations Manager

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GCC Living Our Core Purpose

“Working together to improve ourselves,

our industry, and our communities

The Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce is a

group of volunteers working together to be an influential,

vital, dynamic force in the region creating the

preferred community to live and conduct business.

Randy Gilchrist, President & CEO of Gilchrist Construction

Company, was sworn in as the 2013

Chairman of the Board for The Central Louisiana

Chamber of Commerce during their annual meeting

on December 6th.

Valerie Aymond, GCC’s Chief Resource Officer,

was named a new member to the Board.

United Way Employee Giving Campaign

Our Employee Giving Campaign Kick-Off

for the United Way was held at the main

office with a second event held at the Alexandria

asphalt plant.

Thank you to the committee members, Jan

Williams, Debbie Humphries, and Christina

Goodrich for organizing the events, to our

cooks, and mostly to our employees who

dug in their pockets to make our campaign

such a success!

Employee pledges totaled $7,122

A 44% increase from last year!

Ronnie Ardoin

“Working together to improve

ourselves, our industry, and

our communities.

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Susan G. Komen RACE

ACE FOR THE CURE

The 2012 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

was held in downtown Alexandria on October

20th. Our Gilchrist team consisted of 44 employees,

family members, and friends.

Each participating employee earned 40 Health

Track points and an additional 10 points per family

member or friend that registered. Also, all

team members received a free Gilchrist Health

Trackers team t-shirt.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series,

the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the

world, raises significant funds and awareness for

the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast

cancer survivorship and honors those who have

lost their battle with the disease.

Up to 75 percent of the funds raised at the Race

remain here in Central Louisiana to provide

breast health diagnostics, screening and treatment,

as well as services and education for uninsured

or underinsured women. The remaining 25

percent is earmarked for national research.

Thanks to everyone who participated!

American Heart Association Heart Walk

Join the Gilchrist Team for the AHA Heart Walk on Saturday, March 2nd.

This is a 5K walk that brings people together to help fight the #1 killer of Americans—Heart Disease, a celebration

of heart-healthy living in a fun, family environment, and motivation to get fit and

stay fit.

Gilchrist Construction Company will be recognized at the event as a “Fit

Friendly company. The Fit-Friendly program recognizes employers who

champion the health of their employees and work to create a culture of physical

activity and health in the workplace.

Health Tracks Points will be awarded to participating employees.

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Jobsite Updates

1137 LA 8 Bridges Simpson

Job 1137 was a DOTD job in Simpson, Louisiana on

Highway 8 that consisted of 7 bridges and almost 2

miles of roadwork. We were awarded and started this

job in October of 2011 and completed it in December

of 2012. This was a 450 calendar day job that we

completed in about 350 days. It is one of the most

profitable jobs that we have had in the last few years. I

want to thank everybody as a whole in the company

for the support and give a special thanks to everybody

that stepped foot on the project and put there hand in

to make it such a success.

Jarred Williams

Project Manager

1155 US 90: Foster Blvd—US 61, East Baton Rouge

Road work ‘on schedule’

by Faimon Roberts III

Advocate staff writer — December 04, 2012

Work on a 2.6-mile stretch on Florida Boulevard between

North Foster Drive and Airline Highway in Baton

Rouge is scheduled to be completed by next fall,

later than earlier projections, state transportation

officials said Monday.

“We are still on schedule, said Lauren Lee, a Louisiana

Department of Transportation and Development

spokeswoman.

In September, a representative of Gilchrist Construction

Co., the Alexandria firm handling the work,

told the Mid-City Merchants group that the work

should be completed by mid-2013.

Lee said she had never heard the mid-2013 estimate,

and believed the project was on its original

schedule. Soil under Florida Boulevard was softer

than first thought, Lee said, which caused some

modifications to the work but no schedule changes.

The $8.5 million project to resurface the stretch of

one of the city’s major arteries involves removing

asphalt surface and the concrete that lies under it.

The project began in September. Once the road is

stripped to the gravel, up to six inches of asphalt will

be laid, creating a surface officials have said would

be “like glass.

heard of any businesses being adversely affected by

the ongoing project.

Coleman Brown, an architect whose office is on Florida

Boulevard, said Gilchrist has been helping to

keep businesses in the area apprised of the progress

of the project. “They have been keeping us updated

with phone calls, said Brown, who said he then

emails other Mid-City Merchants. “Communications

wise, everything couldn’t be better.

Workers are focusing on the east-bound lanes this

week, Lee said. Each night, motorists can expect two

lanes to be closed with one left open for traffic, she

said. No detours or vehicle restrictions are required,

Lee said. DOTD does not plan to close all three

lanes of traffic in either direction at any point, Lee

said.

Todd Donmyer, a project engineer for DOTD, has

said about 40,000 cars and trucks use the road daily.

Most of the work is being done at night, with lanes

closed between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weeknights.

Local business owners said the work was welcomed.

“Things are mostly happening at night, so it’s just a

slightly bumpy road is all, said Laurie Chapple,

board president for the Mid-City Merchants. “So far

so good on our end. Chapple said she has not

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Free Wellness Exam

Gilchrist Construction Company is offering free wellness

exams for all Gilchrist employees at the Central Louisiana

Family Health and Wellness Center.

Each employee will receive a postcard during their birthday

month that grants a free wellness exam with lab

work (even if you are uninsured).

Take care of your health and

don’t miss this opportunity to earn 50 Health Tracks points!

Flu Shots Available

The flu season has arrived, and the Central Louisiana Family Health and Wellness Center is providing

flu vaccines to all GCC employees regardless of health insurance coverage. GCC is picking

up the cost of the vaccine; it will be provided at no cost to employees. Employees will also earn 15

Health Tracks wellness reward points.

Quick Facts about influenza and flu vaccines:

• The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get

a flu vaccine each year

• Receiving a flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against this serious

disease

• The flu vaccine is formulated each year to keep up with the flu viruses as they change

• Multiple studies conducted over different seasons and across vaccine types have shown

that the body's immunity to influenza viruses declines over time

• Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. in January or February. However, seasonal

flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May

Make an appointment today by calling 318.441.2220, or drop in.

Our clinic is located at 3516 North Blvd, Suite A in Alexandria.

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Spotlight on GCC Employees

Stetson Richey attended GED classes at the Central Louisiana Technical College

Adult Education Center two evenings a week since September. In mid December

he was ready to take his GED exam. Congratulations to Stetson on passing his

exams.

Stetson is a member of Roger Dunlap’s crew and has been employed with GCC

since October 2011.

Focus on Education

Donald Lacombe, of GCC’s Organizational Development Department, visited

Pineville High School to speak to the Business and Marketing students

about social responsibility. His visit was a big success. We received great

feedback from the classroom instructor as well as the students.

Here's an excerpt from an email from the instructor....

"The students have requested more speakers; Donald truly

sparked their interest. Both classes heard about how much

Gilchrist gives back to the community in dollars and volunteer

hours. They all asked questions about employment also. Donald

told them about the wide range of opportunities. As one of

my junior boys left the room I heard him say ... "I think I want

to be a crane operator now. I will have to check into that" This

is a student that is not college bound and really does need to

explore getting work skill training once he leaves high

school. They all asked why PHS doesn't have CTC. We don't

have a shop and that has not really been the focus however

with over 1300 students - if there was shop -- there would be

enough students for the class. We have so many that attend

PHS due to the good discipline reputation but they are not all

college bound."

Donald did a great job of pulling the information together on short notice.

Thanks for the work that you do -

Valerie Aymond

Chief Resource Officer

Important Dates to Remember

American Heart Association’s Heart Walk — March 2, 2013

March of Dimes “March for Babies — April 27, 2013

GCC Family Day — April 27, 2013

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Service Anniversary Milestones

1 5

Y E A R S

October

Rodney Jones

November

Jeffrey Smith

5

Y E A R S

October

James Hart

Vincient Jordan

November

Mark Ponthier

December

Jerry Kirklin

Employee News

Amy and Alden Sonnier — Daughter — M’Lee McDade — December 28, 2012

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