Here’s the latest news from Preferred Materials, keeping you updated with our corporate announcements, most recent events, and industry information.
Feb 24 2017
On Friday, February 24, 2017, members of the Central Region Green Team volunteered at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Downtown Orlando, FL. The Green Team assembled pallets of food that will be converted into 4,500 family food boxes. 4,500 family food boxes is the equivalent of three full tractor trailer loads and all of that food will sustain families in need within the Orlando area.
The green team gathered volunteers who traveled from all over Central Florida to help the community! The group came not only from Orlando, but from as far away as Gainesville, Auburndale, Palm Bay, and Daytona.
Dec 15 2016
In December 2016, Preferred Materials’ Distributor Operator, Deidre Gibson discovered a poor Manatee that was stuck in a storm drain. Deidre and the crew contacted local authorities to initiate rescue efforts. We are proud to report that the Manatee is safe and was transferred to SeaWorld in Orlando, FL for treatment and rehabilitation.
Check out the full story: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/watch-live-manatee-stuck-in-drain-in-ortega-area_/360365389
Oct 28 2016
This past October, Preferred Materials Asphalt Project Manager, Anibal “Dee” Rodriguez, competed in and completed the 2016 Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC. Dee is a Veteran Marine Corps Captain and joined the Preferred Materials family in August, 2015 and currently works in the Central Region of PMI Asphalt located in Kissimmee, FL.
The Marine Corps Marathon is a 26.2 mile race that starts near the Pentagon, runs through the Washington, DC metropolitan area, and finishes at the Marine Corps Memorial at the Arlington National Cemetery. Dee proudly completed the race while sporting a Preferred Materials t-shirt.
Oct 15 2016
In October 2016, Preferred Materials partnered with the Richmond Hill Schools Field Studies Program to complete a 5,000 SF agricultural research garden on the Richmond Hill Middle School campus in Richmond Hill, GA. The garden consists of a 720 sq. ft. greenhouse, 44 framed, raised beds and container gardens. The crew from Preferred Materials constructed the raised beds and assembled the 44 boxes which extend the beds 6 in. above the ground. Preferred also brought in excavating equipment to dig down 12 in. into the gravel base and filled each box with 18 inches of topsoil. This garden will allow students to conduct research on fertilizers, prevention and treatment of plant disease and infestation, and on which varieties of certain crops (e.g., tomato) are most successful in Georgia’s hot, humid climate. Data and observations will be shared with community stakeholders to encourage families to grow some of their own produce in small, home gardens. The research garden also contains a number of native wildflower trial beds that will support the vegetable garden but are also part of a larger pollinator habitat restoration project. Click here to read more about this project.
Oct 5 2016
On October 5, 2016 The Preferred Materials South West Region Green Team delivered five Chad’s Brackets wagons on behalf of CRH and Oldcastle Materials to Golisano Children’s Hospital in Fort Myers, Florida. The team met with Child Life Specialist for General Pediatrics and Pediatric Intensive Care, Karlie Colwell, and patients.
Colwell said everyone at the hospital was very happy about getting the five wagons with the IV poles. The wagons will be used throughout the hospital for young patients in general pediatrics, pediatric intensive care, pediatric surgery, and pediatric hematology/oncology.
Green Team Captain, Erica Mejia, explained that everyone in the hospital was thankful for Preferred’s generosity and kindness. She said “It is a blessing and a privilege to have the support from my company to make a positive change in someone’s life, and to make a difference in this world”.
Special thanks to Preferred Employees Lorenzo Irving, Robert Pender, David Lantrip and Erica Mejia for proudly representing Preferred and Oldcastle Materials!