The Delta Companies’ Southern Illinois Stone was recognized with several awards at the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers (IAAP) annual convention in February in Springfield, according to a news release from the IAAP.

Southern Illinois Stone achieved a community relations award in part for welcoming students from the Simpson Hill School District for a visit to learn about mining and search for fossils. Graduate students from Southern Illinois University are using the quarry to further their research projects.

Southern Illinois Stone was also granted a Gold level Rock Solid Excellence in Safety award for its strong commitment to the health and safety of miners.

“By rewarding our industry’s leaders, these programs encourage IAAP members to adopt more proactive safety, health, environmental and community relations practices designed to ensure the company’s operations remain sustainable and upstanding members of the communities they serve,” said Shawn McKinney, assistant director for the IAAP.

The Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers is the trade association serving the stone, sand, gravel and industrial mineral mining industry in Illinois.

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