Employees of Pike Industries Inc.'s Region 3 outdid themselves helping needy people during the 2006 holidays.
Each year the employees at Region 3 take part in a community involvement program that entails donating holiday meals to local churches and other organizations throughout Vermont. And each year, they give more.
In 2004, they distributed 200 baskets of food. The following year, they delivered 250 boxes — boxes instead of baskets because the boxes hold more food.
In December 2006, they ratcheted up the numbers significantly, bringing 340 holiday meals to 27 different churches, senior citizen centers, food kitchens, and other agencies that distribute food to the less fortunate in Vermont.
According to spokeswoman Heidi Dimick, Pike Industries pays for the meal program and makes available its maintenance shop at the Division 3 regional office in Barre for the assembling and storing of the food boxes. Volunteer Pike employees put the meals together and personally deliver the boxes, often using their own vehicles to travel to towns up to two hours' drive away.
Dimik, who organizes the holiday meal donations, said there was a "tremendous showing of employee involvement" in this year's event. She said many employees came forward with the names of churches and other organizations to add to the recipients' list, which helped the 2006 program set a record.
She added that every year, the regional office receives letters from churches and anonymous families expressing their gratitude, and "this means everything to Pike and to those employees who take the time during the holidays to get involved."
Pike Industries Inc., a member of the National Asphalt Pavement Association, produces aggregate and asphalt, installs pavement, performs pavement reclamation, and also has a heavy and highway construction arm.
Established as Improved Concrete Company in New Hampton, N.H., in 1872 by Luther M. Pike, the company was sold in 1988 to CRH of Dublin, Ireland, and is publicly traded on the NASDAQ. Headquartered in Belmont, N.H., the company has three regions, with a divisional office located in each region — Region 1, Belmont, N.H.; Region 2, Lewiston, Maine; and Region 3, Barre, Vermont.
Functioning as an independent contractor under fifth-generation Pike management, the company employs 1,300 people in five New England states. Pike Industries operates 12 gravel pits, 11 crushing facilities and 41 asphalt plants spread throughout Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire to produce more than 5 million tons of asphalt and over 8 million tons of aggregate each year.