Multi-Generational Project Open For Business
Vulcan’s newest quarry, Medina Quarry in Hondo, Texas primarily serves the San Antonio and Houston markets with products aggregate and concrete used for projects that include roads, bridges, businesses, homes and schools.
“If you live in a community, you live in and around our product and the uses are endless,” said Brian Bailey, VP of Operations Support.
What makes Medina Quarry different from Vulcan’s other facilities is the connection to the Union Pacific Railroad’s main line track via a nine-mile short line rail, which serves as a vital link to a supply chain that will ship five million tons of aggregate on an annual basis to communities throughout the area.
The project was supported by City of Hondo Mayor James Danner, whose administration and community worked closely with Vulcan throughout the permitting and construction process. Mayor Danner noted that the rail line transports the product from the quarry, which limits carbon emissions and stress on the roads and infrastructure caused by trucks, while bringing economic growth to the area.
Left: Medina Quarry in Hondo, Texas is connected to the Union Pacific Railroad’s main line track via a nine-mile short line rail. Right: City of Hondo Mayor James Danner with Vulcan Community Liaison Cynthia Prieto.
“We’re all poised to build our county and our city and Vulcan is of course part of it with the jobs that they can bring in and that means something that a company like Vulcan has confidence in our community and our county to come and be part of us,” Danner said.
From the start, Vulcan pledged to work directly with the community and its employees regularly volunteer with local organizations and donate to charitable causes.
“That’s been a key to our success as we’ve been down this journey is how we built those relationships with the community,” said Bailey.
Cynthia Prieto, the face of the project and long-time resident of Medina County, was instrumental in not only helping to get the railroad built but also ensuring that Vulcan was committed to the community, joining several local civic organizations, committees and chambers of commerce.
“I think we’ve shown them that we’re not all talk,” Preito said. “We’re here to support the local economy. We volunteer, we help. We’re here, we’re part of the community.”
Medina Plant Manager Rob Perkins shared similar sentiments, adding that Vulcan employees are invested outside of the workplace.
“We mean what we say, and we do what we say, and I think that’s important to the community, he added. “Half of these guys work in this area, so we want to make sure we’re doing our part to the best of our ability.”