Vecellio Family Foundation Awards $100,000 In College Scholarships

Vecellio Family Foundation Awards $100,000 In College Scholarships
(4th Quarter 2003)

The Vecellio Family Foundation (VFF) awarded 10 college scholarships, worth $100,000, in 2003, the 31st year of the program. The scholarships provide each recipient with $10,000 — $2,500 per year for four years — in care of each student’s college or university.

VFF is a charitable organization established by the principals of the Vecellio Group, one of the nation’s Top 200 contractors. To assure impartiality, scholarship recipients are selected by independent review boards, not by the VFF, the Vecellio Group, or any of its operating units.

Two of the scholarships were given through the Employee Scholarship Program for dependents of Vecellio Group employees.

Caryne Linette Johnson, daughter of David Johnson, a mechanic with Vecellio & Grogan, received one of the Employee Scholarships. Caryne is attending Concord College in Athens, West Virginia, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in teaching.

Caryne attended Summers County High School in Hinton, West Virginia. She served as elected class treasurer in grades 9 through 12. She also was elected as Honors Society Historian, Key Club Treasurer, and Hi-4 Treasurer. She participated in volleyball and track, as well. Her hobbies include scrap-booking and collecting autographs.

The second Employee Scholarship recipient is Alison Rosencrans, daughter of Doug Rosencrans, Asphalt Superintendent at Ranger Central. Alison is attending Florida State University, where she is working towards a degree in Civil Engineering.

Alison attended Lake Worth Christian School in Boynton Beach, Florida, where her scholastic and extracurricular honors included winning first place at the science fair, being listed in Who’s Who in American High School Students from grades 9 through 12, and making the honor roll each term. She played soccer, volley ball and soft ball, and enjoys water sports.

Scholarships were also presented to eight graduating seniors from selected high schools in West Virginia, where Vecellio & Grogan has operated since 1938.

Adrienne Jordan of Daniels, representing Shady Spring High School, was selected to receive a Leo A. Vecellio, Sr. Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of Vecellio & Grogan’s co-founder and the father of Vecellio Group CEO Leo Vecellio, Jr.

Liberty High School graduate Daniel Bailey, of Glen Daniel, also received a Leo A. Vecellio, Sr. Memorial Scholarship.

Representing Woodrow Wilson High School are three scholarship recipients, all from Beckley: Sharra Cales, who received a Rick Vecellio Memorial Scholarship, named to honor the late brother of Leo Vecellio, Jr.;  Laura Robbins, who was granted a Leo A. Vecellio, Sr. Memorial Scholarship; and Tasha Hensdill, who received an Al Janutolo Memorial Scholarship, named for a long-time Vecellio & Grogan employee.

From Independence High School, Megan McCoy of Beaver received a Leo A. Vecellio, Sr. Memorial Scholarship.

In McDowell County, Brittany Mayhew of Iaeger was awarded a Dr. Dante Castrodale Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of Leo A. Vecellio Sr.’s brother-in-law, who served as a physician in the McDowell County area for many years.

The recipient of the Rick Vecellio Memorial Conservation Scholarship/ Youth Conservation Award is Lindsay Coleman of Fayetteville, who plans to study forestry and environmental resources.

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Neighborly Asphalt Plants Produce ‘Diamonds’ For Ranger

Award-Winning Plants, Community Involvement Are All Part Of Being A Good Neighbor
(4th Quarter 2003)

Ranger’s West Palm Beach Asphalt Plant.

Ranger’s Fort Pierce Asphalt Plant.

Ranger’s Winter Garden Asphalt Plant.

Being a good neighbor in the asphalt business means more than just complying with the rules and regulations of the industry — although that’s a major part of it, to be sure.


There’s also maintaining a neat appearance with attractive landscaping and well-kept shops and yards. And it’s vital to emphasize safety, as well as sound environmental practices throughout each plant.

For operating its asphalt plants in an “exemplary manner,” Ranger Construction has been honored by the National Asphalt Pavement Association with four “Diamond Awards” — NAPA’s prestigious Diamond Achievement Commendation for Excellence in Hot Mix Asphalt Plant/Site Operations.

Each of the four plants entered for consideration received a Diamond Award: Ranger Construction Industries’ Winter Garden, Fort Pierce and West Palm Beach plants; and Ranger Construction — South’s Pompano Beach plant.

“Earning the Diamond Achievement Commendation serves as a signal to neighbors that the facility is a good neighbor,” noted NAPA Chairman Peter A. Wilson.

Ranger’s Jo Moore monitors environmental compliance at the plants. She also oversaw the application process, which included photo/video documentation, community verification, and evaluation by an independent assessment firm.

“Our employees are to be congratulated for this outstanding achievement,” said Leo Vecellio, Jr., CEO of the Vecellio Group.

“The Diamond Awards validate the success of the many quality, safety and environmental initiatives we have in place at our facilities.”

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Community Involvement Goes Beyond Attractive Facilities, Scholarships
(4th Quarter 2003)

A word from Leo A. Vecellio, Jr., President, Chairman and CEO, The Vecellio Group

As a family-owned business, the Vecellio Group cares deeply about the communities in which we live and work. That’s why we’re so proud of our “Diamond” rated facilities. Our highly skilled and dedicated personnel are to be commended for this superlative achievement, which demonstrates our commitment to high quality results throughout our operations.

But maintaining attractive, environmentally responsible facilities is only part of giving back to the community. We also participate through the Vecellio Family Foundation’s college scholarship programs — which celebrated 31 years in 2003 — our major university endowments supporting the contracting industry, and numerous other sponsorships of civic, charitable and educational organizations within the communities we serve.

All these are very worthwhile and we are grateful to be in a position to impact our communities in such a positive way. Beyond all of this, though, there is our commitment to being a great place to work for our employees. Our employees, after all, make everything else possible by their integral role in our success.

Our employees are also an integral part of the communities we serve, maintaining homes and families, attending schools, going shopping, and participating in a range of social, sporting and religious activities.

As we invest in our employees — providing rewarding jobs on an equal opportunity basis, with competitive pay, generous benefits and ample advancement opportunity — we also contribute to the success of the community.

In this VanGuard issue, we salute our valued employees, recognizing the hard work that makes it all possible. I’ve always said, “construction is a people business” and we’re proud to have what I consider to be the best people in the business.

Congratulations to our service award recipients, and thank you to all of our employees with five or more years of service, as well as those who have joined us more recently. We hope you will be a part of our “family” for many more years to come.

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