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  • 2017 Sporting News

    10/31/17

    Softball

    Congratulations to the S.W. Rodgers/CP&P softball team for winning the 2017 HCCA Summer Softball League.  This was the first year that SWR participated in the league.  The league has been active for the past four years with Superior/Vulcan winning every year. SWR’s team put together an impressive 19-1 regular season record before moving onto the playoffs. Over the course of two weeks, SWR’s team beat a Vulcan/Superior team and an Anderson team twice to bring home the championship.  Team members included: Bryan Kniceley, Andrew Byrd, Joe Swope, Austin Rodgers, Shawn Herrell, Jesse Fansler, Brandon Riley, Eddie Putnam, Chris Rodgers, Wayne Haight, T.J. Rodgers, P.J. Heflin, Evan Scott, Chad Mozingo, Hunter Ball, Michael Kniceley and Donnie Forgacs.

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    Golf

    The HCCA’s 2017 President Cup belongs to the S.W. Rodgers/Fortiline team this year.  The event took place at Lansdowne Country Club on September 15th.  Team members from SWR included Kurt Rodgers and Rick Long.  The members from Fortiline included Chad Mozingo and Rich Leeper.

    The 2017 Eastern Invitational 1st place trophy belongs to SWR’s team this year as well.  The team consisted of Joe Swope, TJ Rodgers, Kris Bishop and Andrew Byrd.  The tournament was held this past July at Westfields Golf Club.

    Skeet Shooting

    SWR entered a sporting clays competition this past fall held at Shady Grove Sporting Clays in Remington Virginia.  The team which consisted of Richard (Bear) Walker, Randy (Hulk) Whiting, John Harmon, George Cline and Pat Jenkins placed third overall.  John Harmon won an individual trophy for “Long Run ”.  Congratulations guys!

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  • 2017 ORANGE AND BLACK CLUB MEMBERS

     

    Announcement

    Orange and Black Club has Three New Inductees

    Please join us in congratulating three new members of the S.W. Rodgers Company “Orange and Black Club”.  We are appreciative and thankful for all the wonderful employees who make this company a family, and in that spirit, the Orange and Black Club was established to honor S. W. Rodgers employees who have achieved a remarkable 25 years or more of service.  This year we inducted three additional employees who have met this milestone.  Our 2017 inductees joined forty-eight other employees at a dinner in their honor at Stonewall Golf Club on November 4th.  This year’s inductees are:

     

    Ray Allen, Charlie Workman and Doug Caldwell.  Congratulations Gentlemen!

     

    Our 30 years of service recognition award will be given to Ron Boch, Sammy Clegg, Jimmy Green, James Pell, and Joey Ratcliff followed by Rickey Lee who received an award for his 35 years of service!

     

    Again, thank you to every employee who makes this a special place to work and for keeping the company going strong year after year making these awards possible.

     

    2017 ORANGE AND BLACK CLUB MEMBERS

    35+ YEARS

     
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    STEVEN W RODGERS
    RETA C RODGERS
    DAVID R JUDY
    RICKEY D LEE

    30+ YEARS

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    ANTHONY L PAIGE
    MARTY B CHIPPS
    CECIL W SUMMERFIELD
    P KURT RODGERS
    PAUL W BURKE
    JOSEPH W MOORE
    LOUIS P GRAY
    BARRY  MCCLENAHEN
    RICHARD W LONG
    WILL R HEMPERLEY
    DAVID A BURNS
    GEORGE A CLINE
    WAYNE S ENNIS
    SAM B CLEGG
    JOSEPH M RATCLIFF
    JAMES G GREEN SR
    RONALD  BOCH
     

    25+ YEARS

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    JEFFERY R WHITING
    BRYAN J HYRE
    ANDREW H BREEDEN
    KEVIN W RATCLIFF
    ROBERT W PAYNE
    THEODORE G MORRIS
    D BRUCE SIMPSON
    RANDY J WHITING
    ANTON  GIVEN
    RICKEY A CUSTER
    RICHARD S WALKER SR
    GERMAN A REYES
    JEFFREY S WARREN
    ROBERT B ENNIS SR
    RAYMOND E SULLIVAN SR
    THOMAS D SULLIVAN SR
    THOMAS W RODGERS
    GERARDO E CORRALES
    TIMOTHY J WASHINGTON
    CHRIS J JONES
    DAVID P GROGG
    DANIEL L WILFONG
    RUSSELL QUESENBERRY
    NEALL W CASE
    OCTAVIO J SERNA
    JAMES R FANSLER
    RICHARD G BUSHLOW
    CHARLES B WORKMAN
    DOUGLAS B CALDWELL
  • Workforce Development

    10/27/17

    Seven SWR company representatives recently took part in an open house event at Lord Fairfax Community College’s Vint Hill Campus.  The event was held to introduce the new “Heavy Equipment Operators Course” which will be offered this winter at the LFCC campuses.  The course is an effort to combat the shortage of equipment operators that our industry currently faces.  LFCC has been able to secure state grant money to start the new course and to purchase two new Vortex simulator machines.  The simulators were tested by many at the open house event and provided a lot of buzz among our industry friends.  Both Tom Rodgers and Chuck Rodgers took the time to try out the simulators.  The creation of the program is a giant leap forward for the growth of our local workforce.  SWR is proud to be a part of and is looking forward to working alongside the college to help attract new talent to our team.

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  • LFCC will launch heavy equipment training

    LFCC will launch heavy equipment training

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    “LFCC students will train on a Vortex simulator similar to the one in this illustration.

    Having an education like this where somebody can come directly out of the credentialing process and make a decent living will be a huge benefit to our community.

    — T.J. Rodgers, S.W. Rodgers Co. Inc. project manager

    Lord Fairfax will become the first community college in Virginia to offer statewide industry credential programs for heavy equipment operators.

    LFCC has received a $453,686 Workforce Capacity Building grant from the Virginia Community College System to launch the program. The grant will fund establishment of a heavy equipment operator credential program at LFCC’s Vint Hill site and for the expansion of several trades programs on the Fauquier campus.

    Beginning this winter, LFCC will offer the commonwealth’s first statewide-recognized industry credential program for heavy equipment operations. The college will use the National Center for Construction Education and Research’s curriculum and national industry credentialing.

    Students will train on state-of-the-art Vortext simulation equipment.

    “The simulation equipment will allow our students to gain hands-on training on multiple types of heavy construction equipment that will replicate real-life operating scenarios through rotating-motion platforms and high-resolution 3-D displays,” LFCC Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education Vice President Jeanian Clark said. “Students will do the actual motions and feel the vibrations while moving, digging and lifting in real-time weather and soil conditions.”

    Graduates will operate heavy equipment used to construct roads, bridges and buildings.

    The immediate Fauquier County region needs an estimated 150 new construction equipment operators each year. Those jobs paying an average of $43,000 a year.

    With high demand for the skilled operators in Northern Virginia, the Heavy Construction Contractors Association suggested the program to LFCC program leaders.

    “There is absolutely a need for qualified heavy equipment operators,” said HCCA Secretary T.J. Rodgers, a project manager with Gainesville-based S.W. Rodgers Co. Inc. “With the Interstate 66 widening project, we’re going to see an increasing shortage of qualified operators.

    “Having an education like this where somebody can come directly out of the credentialing process and make a decent living will be a huge benefit to our community,” Mr. Rodgers added.

    The VCCS grant also will allow LFCC to expand its electrical, HVAC and plumbing trades programs in Fauquier County to full Level-4 Journeyman potential, allowing students to apply for state licensure.

    LFCC’s main campus at Middletown already offers the full apprenticeship programs in those trades. ”

     

  • Giving Back

    6/29/17

    This year S.W. Rodgers once again chose to give back to the community and our youth, in the form of some new ball fields.  The Potomac Lakes Sportsplex located in Loudoun County had a couple of playing fields that were in disrepair due to the undesirable soils that they were originally built from.  These fields were useless to the county and treacherous to the community.  SWR stepped up to the challenge and donated equipment and operators to help the HCCA and other member firms tackle this project.  With over 60,000 children participating in youth soccer in Loudoun County, every field is critically needed.  We hope that these fields can again be used without concern and will be enjoyed for generations to come.

    Thank you to the operators and supervisors who helped make this a successful and safe project, notably: Bill Hogue, Billy Smith and Gary Randolph.

    NBC4 chose to run a clip of the action during their evening broadcast.  Click on the link below and see if you can spot SWR’s trucks.

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  • Ditch Diggers Dash 5k

    4/30/17

    26 SWR employees took part in the 2nd annual Ditch Diggers Dash 5k this past weekend.  The day was hot, but SWR employees looked cool in their new team t-shirts.  The 5k race is part of the HCCA’s endeavor to create a healthier industry and way to give back to the community.

    There were over 215 racers competing for top honors.  SWR representatives topped the list for many of the categories, but just barely missed out on multiple medals.  Kara Burns, daughter of Chief Estimator Dave Burns topped the chart with a time of 27:20.  Congratulations Kara!  Whether this was the beginning of your fitness journey or you were a seasoned athlete, this race benefited not only your health, but also the health of your community.  Congratulations to everyone who participated.

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  • BACK TO BACK CHAMPS

    4/19/17

    S.W. Rodgers Co. was honored this past week with an “Excellence in Infrastructure” award for our project “Grassland Grove Drive South.”  This exciting project featured a mile-long stretch of infrastructure roadway including two round-a-bout traffic structures and a bridge structure.  Many challenges were hurdled by the earthwork and utility crews to complete this roadway including facing a 100-year storm event.  Site Superintendent Timmy Ratcliff and foreman Jimmy Mullins worked together flawlessly to finish this project on time and at budget for our clients.

    Chuck, TJ and Kurt Rodgers along with Roy Beckner were in attendance to accept the “Excellence in Infrastructure” award on behalf of SWR.  Our guest for the evening was Stan Settle of Willowsford Operations who also helped accept the plaques.

    S.W. Rodgers is the first company in history to win the HCCA’s “Excellence in Infrastructure” award in the $1million to $5 million category in back to back years.  More proof that our employees are the best in the business.  Job well done SWR!

    Our trucking fleet was also honored at the event for multiple categories.  Our strong safety record is a direct reflection of the conscientious behavior of our drivers.  Our safety culture along with our companies work ethics continues to put us in class above the rest.  Another job well done!

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  • Stepping up for our youth

    8/8/16

    This past Saturday SWR contributed to a community service project at the Philips School in Annandale, VA which was organized by the HCCA.  The Philips School is a nonprofit organization that serves over 500 children and their families from the Washington metropolitan area.  For the past four decades the Philips School has helped children where others could not.  They have helped children with learning disabilities, autism, emotional disabilities, intellectual disabilities, health impairments and who struggle with multiple disabilities to prepare and become independent, productive young adults.

    The parking lot at the Philips School was failing from years of use and the HCCA swiftly jumped into action.  An industry wide collaboration took place to start the project which included milling of the old parking lot and travel ways.  Due to our impeccable safety resume, SWR was asked to contribute with the hauling of this material to an offsite dump site.  A few of our drivers sprang to work early last Saturday morning, including our “2016 Safe Employee” award winning driver Billy Smith.  Special thanks goes out to Billy, Bill Hogue and Gary Randolph for putting in the time and doing a job that will undoubtedly benefit our youth of tomorrow for years to come.

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  • SWR COMPETES AND WINS

    On a cool, overcast Saturday last week, Team SWR sported some bright new gear as they competed in the 1st annual “Ditch Diggers Dash 5K.”  Over 30 SWR employees and their families registered for the event and through perseverance, endurance and pure power were able to take home a 3rd place team finish.  Of the 150 registered competitors, Kamryn Bishop, daughter of SWR Project Manager Kris Bishop, took home a 1st place medal for the under 15 years of age division.  Congratulations Kamryn!

    Competitors and spectators enjoyed the team and industry comradery as they finished the race at Old Bust Head Brewery.  The atmosphere was lively and energetic following the race as participants relaxed and refueled using the race’s provided beverage tickets.  Bragging rights were established and excuses were plentiful as the afternoon came to a close.

    S.W. Rodgers is proud of all those who participated and trained for the event.  Here’s to the hope of healthier habits being established and maintained throughout the year to compete once again in 2017.  Cheers to all SWR athletes.

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  • “A BIG Win for employees and S.W. Rodgers”

    Last Wednesday night 4/20/16, S.W. Rodgers employees enjoyed a night of celebration among industry friends. The annual “HCCA Safety and Infrastructure Awards” dinner was held at Chantilly National Golf & Country Club and S.W. Rodgers employees shined bright for all to see.

    The first win of the night came in the form of a trucking operations award. This award recognizes outstanding safe work practices for gross vehicle weight of over 26,000 and between 351,000-700,000 miles of operation. S.W. Rodgers Trucking Superintendent Bill Hogue received this award on behalf of our trucking fleet. Statistics given at the ceremony included “over 3,000,000 miles driven with four total accidents.” What an amazing exhibit of safety, especially considering the Northern Virginia driving environment. A big THANK YOU! to all SWR drivers who exhibit these exceptional safety habits. Our drivers move mountains over the roads, they clear highways from snow and ice, they set the bar high for our industry and they do it all while exhibiting safe working practices.

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    The second win of the night was a “2016 Safe Employee” award presented to William R. (Billy) Smith. This recognition by the HCCA is very personal and is only given to a select few. Billy joins this elite group of people who demonstrate exemplary efforts to promote and realize a safe working environment. Applicants for this award must, consistently demonstrate excellent safety practices, suggest improvements of current safety practices and demonstrate safe working practices to others. If Billy’s name was in the dictionary those attributed would describe him perfectly. As humble as Billy is, he should not take this award lightly. The applicant pool stretches from over 150 member firms and over 26,000 eligible employees. It takes a lot worthiness and dedication to beat those odds and Billy did it. Congratulations Billy, and another big THANK YOU for helping to keep our roads safe and for the training that you instill in others to do the same.

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    The third win of the night came in a new category, “Excellence in Infrastructure.” S.W. Rodgers was awarded for the category of projects valued from $1,000,000 – $5,000,000. The project selected this year was “Trailhead Drive Phases 1-3.” To accept this award was the team that helped build the project, including Foreman Jimmy Mullins, Superintendent Timmy Ratcliff and Project Manager T.J. Rodgers. Multiple applications were submitted in this category, but it was SWR’s site that shined brighter than the rest. A panel of judges reviewed all the applications and discussed multiple criteria for what makes “Excellence in Infrastructure,” including; challenges overcome, scheduling restraints, land use and environment restraints, weather conditions overcome, total appeal and many other criteria. S.W. Rodgers’ “Trailhead Drive” was a site that included many of those tough conditions, but through teamwork, experience and good old fashioned elbow grease we were chosen as the best. Another job well done to everyone involved.

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    As you can see this was a great night to be an S.W. Rodgers team member, congrats to all the 2016 award recipients.

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