Tobermore’s Double Delight at Awards Ceremony

 

For the second year running, Lough Fea Quarry, owned and operated by Tobermore, featured among the big winners at the recent annual Construction, Quarry & Recycling Awards.

 

In fact, it was a double success for the company at the event. Not only was it presented with the Sand & Gravel Quarry of the Year award, sponsored by Sleator Plant & Terex Trucks, but also the Excellence in Customer Service award, sponsored by Dennison JCB, during a glittering ceremony, compered by television and radio sports presenter Adrian Logan, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in South Belfast.

Organised by the publishers of Plant & Civil Engineer, 4SM (NI) Ltd, the event was attended by hundreds of guests and leading figures from the plant, construction, quarry and waste management sectors. With 20 separate categories, the event is widely regarded as Ireland’s premier platform of recognition for those operating across all sectors of the industry.

 

The event heard Lough Fea quarry was operated by a company “that regularly reviews and monitors work practices, staff training and competency, while providing a safe, environmentally responsible and quality orientated environment for its employees.”

 

A family run and owned business, the success of Tobermore is driven by Managing Director, David Henderson. Founded in 1942, it has evolved from a modest sand and gravel business into a world class manufacturer of paving and walling, supplying products for the commercial and domestic markets throughout the UK and Ireland.

 

The quarry is nestled in the Sperrin’s region right beside the picturesque Lough Fea lough with its 4.15km walkway which is a haven for the community and tourists alike.

 

Part of its success is due to its record-breaking speed of delivering products to its customers. In the month of September 2019, for example, 99.8% of Tobermore deliveries were fulfilled from the quarry in full and on time as agreed!

 

Indeed, the company has maintained a 99% delivery rate for in full and on time loads for the past five years. This is in stark comparison with deliveries of timber, which can take up to two months, according to research from the Federation of Master Builders, and deliveries of brick which can take more than a year.

L-R: Aaron McCaul Sleator Plant, Jacqueline Reid Terex Trucks, William Paul.

 

Croaghan Voted Hardrock Quarry of the Year

 

Croaghan Quarry, owned and operated by Northstone (NI) Ltd’s Material Division, has won a top accolade at the recent annual Construction, Quarry & Recycling Awards.

 

It was presented with the prestigious hardrock Quarry of the Year award, sponsored by Sleator Plant & Terex Trucks, during a glittering ceremony, compered by television and radio sports presenter Adrian Logan, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in South Belfast.

Organised by the publishers of Plant & Civil Engineer, 4SM (NI) Ltd, it was attended by hundreds of guests and leading figures from the plant, construction, quarry and waste management sectors. With 20 separate categories, the event is widely regarded as Ireland’s premier platform of recognition for those operating across all sectors of the industry.

 

The event heard that Croaghan Quarry has achieved enviable safe working practices, highest levels of pollution control, sustainability, biodiversity, and has achieved exceptional quality and efficiency, whilst offering a strong portfolio to a wide range of customers across the Province and beyond.

 

The Basalt Quarry located near the village of Macosquin, Coleraine, had been inactive until 1994 when Northstone commenced crushing operations. Blacktop followed in 2003, then concrete and blocks in 2010 and 2012. From these modest beginnings, Croaghan now produces in the region of 400,000t of aggregates, 150,000t of blacktop, 20,000m3 of concrete and 800,000 blocks per annum.

 

The Quarry is at the forefront of industry best practice and was one of the first quarries in Northern Ireland to install reversing radar to machines and vehicles.  Recent plant purchases have ensured compliance with CRH class leading safety guidelines.

 

The Quarry also has a restoration plan with reserves worked in zones, and as zones are exhausted, it is landscaped with top soil and indigenous plantings to create suitable habitats for wildlife in the future.

L-R: Aaron McCaul Sleator Plant, Paul Hughes, Jacqueline Reid Terex Trucks.