Archive by Year: 2016

Preferred Materials Employee Finds Manatee In Storm Drain

Dec 15 2016

manateeIn 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.

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Preferred Employee Runs Marine Corps Marathon

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.

Preferred Partners to Build Research Garden at a Georgia School

Oct 15 2016

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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.

Southwest Green Team Donates to Children’s Hospital

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!

Preferred Donates School Supplies to Local Elementary Schools

Aug 9 2016

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From early July to August 5th, the West Florida Green Team at Preferred Materials held a school backpack/supply drive to help benefit two local schools in the Tampa Bay area right in time for the new school year. The team collected over 530 items and was able to help Sheehy Elementary (Hillsborough County) and Fuguitt Elementary (Pinellas County). Green Team Captain, Maria Perez, said “The school principals were so happy to see us! They didn’t have any backpacks and they were so appreciative. I can’t tell you how many times they thanked us”.