GM Spring Hill Rip Rap Donation Improves Roads Near Plant
(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) SPRING HILL, TN - September 7, 2011 - Some 5,500 truckloads of rip rap, the clean, crushed concrete often used to keep shorelines from washing away, is being donated by General Motors Spring Hill Manufacturing and its contractors to help road construction projects.
Maury County already has used some of the 200 million pounds of rip rap, donated by GM and its contractors as part of the widening and resurfacing of a road that runs along one side of GM’s property and includes property donated by GM to allow for the road widening. Now the material will form the road base for some of the county’s current and future projects.
“Not only will this donation make it easier for school buses and cars that use Cleburne Road to reach the new middle school, it is also an environmental win as material that would normally have been disposed of in a landfill is being recycled into usable road base,” said Bill May, GM Spring Hill Manufacturing site manager. “This project illustrates GM’s commitment to be a good corporate citizen and assist the communities around our facility.”
The rip rap resulted from the replacement of an 11-acre concrete floor that was removed as part of GM Spring Hill’s construction of the facility that will build the next-generation of Ecotec engines.
“We really appreciate GM’s donation of these materials to Maury County,” said Road Superintendent Van Boshers of the Maury County Highway Department. “Given today’s economy, this donation is especially helpful to us as we seek to provide good, safe roads to the residents and visitors of Maury County.”Last year, all of GM’s worldwide facilities combined recycled 92 percent of the waste they generated, and more than half of its 146 plants are landfill-free.
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