Vulcan Utility Signs: Going Beyond Providing a Product

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We hate to toot our own horn, but there is something extremely gratifying about working with a customer to provide a solution that truly makes a difference in the productivity and efficiency of their business. As the leading manufacturer of pipeline marking products in the industry today, we often promote the fact that we are a “Marking Solutions Provider.” What does that mean exactly? Well, we don’t just sell products that you see pictured in our catalog or on our website. When a customer comes to us with a specific marking issue they are having, that’s when we roll up our sleeves and put our thinking caps on. We assemble a team consisting of a variety of disciplines from engineering, to production, to customer service, all with the same goal in mind… develop a marking solution that will fit our customer’s needs. This was exactly the case when we received a call from Zackery Gravely, with Virginia Natural Gas. Once Zackery explained the issues he was experiencing, we were able to design and fabricate a custom Vulcan Bullet Marker that incorporated a locator.

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“So with the installation of this one marker, we increased our visibility, aided with public awareness showing 811 and the QR code linking to Vulcan’s website, we are using something that can actually be found, opposed to our flush locate stations we’ve been using, created superior ground hopefully ensuring an excellent locate, and due to the design of the marker, we never have to worry about the locate tech disassembling and not putting back together our equipment; ensures good housekeeping.” – Zackery Gravely, Asset Management Group, Virginia Natural Gas

By the end of the project, Zackery got exactly what he was looking for and our team felt accomplished knowing they had worked through several challenges to meet the needs of a customer looking to us for a solution.

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Stacy Holland, Sales Representative for Vulcan, worked closely with Zackary Gravely coordinating the project.

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Left to Right: Boston Sherrier, Rocky Stewart and Mark Walker from Vulcan designed and developed a prototype marker to ensure its functionality, then shipped it to Zackary for testing.

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Top Tiger | Believing in Work, Hard Work

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If you are born in the state of Alabama, you usually come out of the womb screaming one battle cry or the other meaning… Roll Tide or War Eagle! If you move to the state without having any sort of loyalty to either Alabama or Auburn, you must decide right away which team to root for. At Vulcan, we are a house divided. We have those that believe crimson and white should be the only colors to wear year round and let’s just say we have others that agree to disagree on that point. An Auburn fan from birth, Vulcan’s President and CEO, Tommy Lee, graduated from Auburn in 1978 with a degree in Industrial Engineering and has always strived to live by the values that were instilled in him while earning his degree there. A line from Auburn’s Creed has stuck with him throughout the years and that is “I believe that this is a practical world and that I can only count on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work.”

Tommy began his career at Vulcan in sales for the aluminum blanks division, working his way toward becoming President and CEO in 2012. Vulcan’s success in the aluminum, metal stamping and highway and utility sign industries has proved that Vulcan has staying power. Through good times and bad, outstanding leadership and dedicated employees have allowed Vulcan to steadily grow. Taking on new business ventures, capturing more market share and expanding our capabilities has become an everyday occurrence and for that, we have been able to rise above the competition.

When Auburn’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business and Business Alabama magazine teamed up to start looking at potential candidates for the first Top Tiger Awards, Vulcan caught their eye. In order to be considered for the award, the President and/or CEO of the company must be an Auburn graduate. On April 24, 2015 Bob Hamlin, a Vulcan Senior Vice President, attended the awards ceremony, which was held at The Hotel at Auburn University’s Dixon Conference Center on campus. Bob, an Auburn graduate in Industrial Engineering himself, proudly accepted one of the Top Tiger Awards in the mid-sized business category on behalf of Vulcan. Although all Vulcan employees may not all bleed orange and blue, receiving such a distinguished award speaks volumes to us all and is something we all can respect and be proud of.

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Auburn University Raymond J. Harbert College of Business Dean, Bill Hardgrave (left), along with Keivin Harrington (right), of ABC reality show “Shark Tank” pictured with Vulcan Senior Vice President, Bob Hamlin

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The Auburn University Creed (Courtesy Auburn University Website)

I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work. I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully. I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men. I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities. I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all. I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all. I believe in my Country, because it is a land of freedom and because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that country by “doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God.” And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it. – George Petrie (1945)

Slide, Slide, Slippidy Slide: 2015 Vulcan Family Picnic

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On Saturday, May 30th, Vulcan held a company picnic at Waterville, a local water park in Gulf Shores, Alabama for all employees, their families and special guests. The fried shrimp was plentiful and the banana pudding… simply sinful! However, it was not only the incredibly delicious buffet provided by Chick-n-Sea Foods that put a smile on everyone’s face at the 2015 Vulcan Family Picnic. One of the most fun events to witness was grown men and women acting like big kids as they dashed from slide to slide at the water park. Many put on a brave face to appease their significant others or children, as they were convinced to take a wild ride on the wooden roller coaster. Others, such as our very own Mr. Johnny Schwartz, hit the jackpot in the arcade! It was truly a fun night filled with lots of laughs, lots of hugs and a whole lot of Vulcan love.

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The event was coordinated to give our employees the opportunity to come together to feast, fellowship, cut loose and have a grand ‘ole time. With the fast pace of our daily lives at Vulcan, it was time we came together for a little bit of fun. As an employee-owned company, Vulcan focuses on the importance of helping employees achieve work-life balance. Whether it is a company picnic, our annual Health and Safety Fair or one of our many other family-oriented events throughout the year, our family is the reason we get up and do what we do every day.

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In June 2014, a White House report entitled Nine Facts About American Families and Work revealed information that proves to be a cause for concern in the United States. The report stated that 46% of working Americans said their job demands interfered with their family life “sometimes or often.” In 2002, this figure was 41%. Dedicated employees and supporting family members are the key ingredients that have made Vulcan the success story that it is today. That is a fact that we will not forget and we  will always make it our goal to support those that are there to support Vulcan.

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