NEW FACILITY WOULD SUPPORT AND SUSTAIN COMMUNITY, RESPECT NEIGHBORS AND ENVIRONMENT
COMAL COUNTY, Texas (Nov. 16, 2017) – In an effort to support one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation and meet community needs, Vulcan Materials Company plans to invest in a state-of-the-art limestone quarry in Comal County that will operate safely and in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.
The Comal Quarry is strategically positioned along Highway 46 and FM 3009 to support the local economy and meet the growing infrastructure and transportation safety needs of the community.
“We’re committed to Comal County for the long haul and to working with the community, building partnerships and serving as a responsible neighbor,” said Clay Upchurch, vice president of Vulcan Materials Company. “At Vulcan, doing the right thing is the only way we do business. That includes being safe operators, socially responsible neighbors and environmental stewards.”
Set on a 1,500-acre property, the facility is uniquely designed to fit within the existing landscape and topography. It will include more than 600 acres of buffer, setbacks and natural landscape, meaning 40 percent of the property will not be mined.
Rock will be extracted from the upper surface above the aquifer water table. Vulcan expects to mine only about 50 acres – or approximately 3 percent of the 1,500 acres – in the first 10 years. The quarry is expected to create up to 20 direct full-time jobs while generating new tax revenues for local governments.
“We’re still in the early stages of the project. Naturally people have questions which is why we set up a website – www.VulcanComalQuarry.com – for people to learn more about our team and our plans for Comal County,” said Upchurch. “We are committed to proving ourselves to be a responsible member of the community.”
The facility will meet or exceed regulations and guidelines established by local, state and federal laws and regulatory agencies. The Comal Quarry will also preserve and protect local water resources, aquifers and wells, recycle water, manage stormwater and utilize best available control technologies to control dust and other emissions.
In addition, Vulcan will work with the Texas Department of Transportation to make road improvements on FM 3009 near the entrance, ensuring safety and responsible traffic flow.
Vulcan has supplied product to nearly 200 Comal County customers over the years. The company purchased more than $1.73 million in goods and services from Comal County-based businesses in 2016 and currently contracts with nearly 20 local vendors, providing indirect jobs and adding to household income. On the community front, the Annual Vulcan Fun Shoot has raised nearly $2.3 million to benefit the Cancer Therapy & Research Center at UT Health San Antonio. Vulcan’s 1604 Quarry recently hosted a Quarry Crusher Run to raise money for veterans through Soldiers’ Angels.
Vulcan currently operates 15 quarries and several other facilities in Texas, and it has been operating quarries in the San Antonio area since the 1970s.
About Vulcan Materials Company
Vulcan Materials Company is the nation’s largest producer of construction aggregates and a major producer of aggregates-based construction materials. An industry leader in safety, health, and environmental stewardship, Vulcan’s coast-to-coast footprint aligns with and serves the nation’s growth centers. Through the company’s extensive logistics network, Vulcan provides materials to build and repair valuable infrastructure such as roads, bridges, residential and commercial buildings, schools, hospitals and places of worship. Learn more at csr.vulcanmaterials.com.