A long-standing company that is locally owned and operated recently was recognized as the top in the state.
Thomson Construction Supply Co., Inc. was awarded the "Quality Control Award for Ready-Mix Concrete Production" by the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and the Georgia Highway Contractor's Association.
Thomson Construction President Kenneth Williams said the award was based on results of multiple testing of samples of concrete the company poured for the new Thomson By-Pass project. The tests were done by DOT inspectors.
Only one concrete company in the state receives the award each year.
"So that made us feel really good," Mr. Williams said. "I'm very pleased we received such a prestigious award."
A letter to Mr. Williams from DOT's State Materials and Research Engineer Georgene Geary said "the award is distributed for those projects achieving the highest standards in transportation construction." The letter also acknowledged the work of Thomson Construction's plant managers/batchers James Hill and Jimmy Roberts.
Mr. Williams said both men have been with the company for more than 25 years, and measure the materials for each job, mix the concrete and test it before it goes out, and makes sure the accompanying paperwork is turned in correctly to DOT.
"It was an honor," Mr. Roberts said. "But, it took all of us to make it happen."
Mr. Williams agreed with Mr. Roberts. He said there are 14 employees at the company's four plants, which are located in Thomson, Camak, Washington and Lincolnton.
"From the secretaries who handle the scheduling, to the batchers who mix, down to the drivers, it's a group effort," Mr. Williams said. "We're a family here."
Incorporated in 1949, Thomson Construction Supply Company has been owned and operated by the D.C. Hughes family. The four Georgia DOT certified plants serve 10 surrounding counties.
A few of the company's recent projects include all bridges on the bypass, Thomson High School, Thomson Middle School, Washington-Wilkes Middle/High School, Augusta Tech Thomson campus, Thomson-McDuffie Law Enforcement Center, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Ryan's, Milliken and Acclaimed Lighting.
"It makes me proud because everybody sees what we did," Mr. Roberts said. "When we see bridges, I tell my kids, 'I did that.' I learn something different every day with the different job sites. There's always something interesting to see."
Mr. Williams said the company currently is working on the city-county government complex in Thomson, the hospital expansion in Wilkes County and the water treatment expansion in Warrenton.
During their interview with The McDuffie Mirror, the two plant managers closely monitored clouds in the sky. They said concrete can't be poured in the rain. And during the summer, there's even more to consider. Concrete gives off a chemical reaction if its temperature rises above 90 degrees. Because business can't be put on hold until a cooler season, Mr. Williams said the batchers add ice and cold water when mixing the concrete. With admiration, he said they "know just how much to add."
"I've been in the business over 40 years," Mr. Hill said. "When it comes to concrete, you name it, I can do it. I like to visualize the picture, then make it come true when I do the concrete. Once it's finished, I get to see my good work."