The local community for Barrett Paving Materials Inc. [New York North region] is centered around three counties in upstate New York — Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis — but its outreach touches on at least five additional counties in the region.

Neil Dicob, Regional Manager for Barrett Paving Materials [NYN], said the company’s main goal is to be a good neighbor, especially where its plants are located and their surrounding borders.

“Within those communities, we try to do as much as we can to make sure people know who we are , what we do, and how we can help throughout the community,” Dicob said.

The company’s community involvement program, “The Road to a Better Community,” assists at least 35 different programs or activities each year — either financially or through donation of time, talent, and materials. These include the North County Festival of Trees, the New York North Region 8th Annual American Red Cross Blood Drive, school tours, open houses, local scholarships in multiple school districts, and multiple youth sports programs.

Barrett Paving employees are invited to assist in community efforts, with almost half of its employees logging in more than 275 total donated hours in a given year.

“We are involved in many events throughout the year,” Dicob said. “We try to do the best we can, and I believe we are successful. The image of Barrett Paving out there is positive, people recognize Barrett as being a good company that is willing to give back.”

One of Barrett’s outreach projects in years past has been to assist Habitat for Humanity, a program the company actively supports — whether it’s providing sub base for a new home being built or supplying asphalt mix for the driveway. “It’s a great organization and we love to be a part of it,” Dicob said.

“Being a good neighbor and a well-known volunteer organization within the community can only assist Barrett Paving in building its reputation and reaching its financial goals each year”, Dicob said.

“The more we can do in the community and the more people recognize who we are, makes for good business,” Dicob said.’”

One of the economic driving forces in the region is nearby U.S. Army base Fort Drum. Dicob said Barrett Paving has actively supported the base and its needs for years through such programs as Adopt-a-Platoon, a volunteer non-profit organization that supports deployed U.S. service members throughout the world by sending cards, letters, and care packages.

Barrett Paving has participated in the Festival of Trees for five years as a fun way to celebrate the Christmas season. More than 50 trees are seasonally decorated and a host of family activities take place throughout the weekend. Musical performances, a gala with a live auction and dinner, and the Sugarplum Ball father-daughter dance are some of the highlights, with proceeds supporting Samaritan Medical Center and the Watertown Family YMCA.

In addition, this is the second year Barrett Paving opened its doors and hosted an open house at the future Port Leyden location, situated near the company’s Boonville Plant and Quarry in Lewis County. Barrett Paving began mining the Port Leyden site in 2010 and is in the beginning stages of building the site to eventually replace the existing Boonville Plant and Quarry.

The company is currently blasting aggregate and then transferring it to the Boonville location to be crushed. Neighbors and customers were allowed to visit the location, ask questions, and understand the effects of the new site, which in the future will allow for more reclamation.

“I believe it’s important to give back and be involved in community events when possible,” Dicob said.

Story from National Asphalt Pavement Association