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Bravo Award Winners
The Associated General Contractors of Iowa Bravo Awards program was initiated in 2000 to recognize those member firms who are involved in improving the quality of life in their community and who project a positive image for the construction industry through contributions of funds, labor, materials, equipment and leadership. In many communities throughout the state, our members are leading corporate citizens, and with this come a degree of responsibility for philanthropy. The members honored with Bravo Awards go the extra mile to try to improve the quality of life in their communities through contributions of cash, labor, materials, equipment and project management. Benefactors include community and recreation centers, youth organizations, schools and colleges, charitable organizations, health service groups, and many more. The Bravo Award is the highest award that the chapter can present to a member company.

The following firms were recognized as the 2015 Bravo Award winners at the AGC of Iowa 2016 State Convention, held in Des Moines in January.

Absolute Concrete
Absolute Concrete supports many different organizations, charities, and groups by contributing monetary donations with the purpose of being the betterment of society and the community. 

A.M. Cohron & Son, Inc.
A.M. Cohron & Son offered a generous bid, at cost, to erect a pedestrian bridge and pave ¾ mile trail to a volunteer organization that wanted to connect to separate trails in Atlantic to make one six-mile trail network.  (Refer to Screen).  Special thanks to Jesse Harlan, project manager; and Jeremy Lett and Tedd Thomas, superintendents.

Bruening Rock Products, Inc.
Bruening Rock Products donates generously to local charities, churches, and other community organizations Here are a few of those that benefited from Brueingin Rock Products generosity.  Special thanks to Greg Bruening and Keith Bruening. 

C.J. Moyna & Sons Inc.
C.J. Moyna & Sons donated the man hours, material and equipment to clean up and stabilize the bank on one side of the whitewater feature located in downtown Elkader.  The bank had suffered erosion from recent flooding of the Turkey River and had become unstable.  Moyna’s layed decorative stone that not only looks good, but helps protect the bank from further erosion.  (Refer to Screen).  They also constructed an observation pier for viewing of the Turkey River and lowered the elevation of the existing river walk to tie into the project.  Moyna also helped to support its regional community college by giving generously to Northeast Iowa Community College’s “Campaign for Excellence”.  Special thanks to John Moyna. 

Cedar Valley Corporation
Cedar Valley’s company philosophy continues to be one of giving back to the industry and communities from which they draw their livelihood.  Numerous organizations benefit from Cedar Valley’s philanthropic attitude including a generous donation to the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa (Refer to Screen) that benefited the organizations shown here as well as donations to other charities, schools and organizations listed here.

Cedar Valley’s Safety Director & HR personnel addressed students of the Truck Driver & Transportation  and Powers Equipment programs at Hawkeye Community College.  Cedar Valley has endowed a scholarship that is awarded annually to a heavy highway construction engineering student each year at Iowa State University.  Monetary donations were also given to support to these listed organizations and others. 

Cedar Valley wishes to thank all of their employees who contributed money to community service projects, such as the “Share the Bounty” and “Adopt a Family For Christmas Campaigns”.

Special thanks to Jeff Bowers, Virginia Robinson, Destiny Dietrick, and Paula Harvey.

Heartland Asphalt, Inc.
Heartland Asphalt helped Four Oaks complete outdoor activities to their new facility by providing in-kind work to complete the new basketball court.  It is hoped that this will fulfill Four Oak’s mission of assuring children become successful adults by providing holistic types of prevention, intervention, and treatment programs and services.
Heartland Asphalt also made a generous monetary donation to the Northern Lights Alliance for the Homeless to help purchase and renovate their new facility in Mason City.

Martin Marietta
In an effort to make improvement of their communities, and goodwill with their customers and neighbors, Martin Marietta made contributions of property, cash, equipment, materials and/or time to multiple community and organization projects, including over 200 acres of parkland to the City of Colfax and a large monetary contribution to the parks development, Iowa 4H Camp, Habitat for Humanity, Iowa State University College of Engineering, Boy Scouts, Various local schools, Freedom Rock projects, Various city/county parks and trails, Variety Club, Bras for a Cause, Iowa College Aid Foundation, Junior Achievement, Various Youth baseball/softball organizations, American Legion, & VFW. 

Norris Asphalt Paving Company
Norris Asphalt had a donation of time, material, and equipment for a greenhouse project for TENCO Industries in Ottumwa.  The greenhouse will grow hydroponic tomatoes to be sold to Hy-Vee and various farmers markets in SE Iowa.  This follow’s TENCO’s mission of bringing life value and worth to handicapped adults by creating jobs and a service to the local communities.

Peterson Contractors, Inc.
PCI actively supports many charitable activities and student learning venues in the local and extended communities.  PCI hopes to improve and positively impact the material, social, and spiritual welfare of their fellow friends, neighbors, co-workers, business associates, and young adults.(Refer to Screen).  Here are just a few of the many worthwhile causes supported by PCI in the form of contributing cash, and or time, equipment, and manpower such as the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, Gladbrook Reinbeck baseball batting cage and athletic billboard.  One of the many worthwhile projects was the Angels Park in Evansdale.  The park that was created in memory of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook who disappeared while riding bikes in 2012.  PCI crews helped organize the event and assisted in hauling, placing, and leveling 1500 tons of dirt.

River Products Company, Inc.
River Products was looking to expand one of their quarries in the Iowa City area that had the potential to impact 14.5 acres of Indiana Bat habitat.  In order to mitigate for the loss of timber they needed to find approximately 29 acres of Indiana Bat habitat to protect.  They were able to find the perfect piece of property at approximately 34 acres, up for auction, in Louisa County.  Ideal Indiana Bat habitat consists of mature trees with loose bark such as hickories and oaks.

River Products is not in the conservation land management business.  After removing over $20,000 worth of trash, shingles, tires and an old trailer from the site they knew that trying to manage this property from 50-miles away wasn’t going to work.  They instantly thought of Louisa County Conservation and a deal was made.  Louisa County Conservation Board will manage the property according to the 404 permit for Indiana Bat habitat and the entire 34.12 acres was deeded to the Board.  The property was later named “Hickory Hollow Wildlife Area” after public voting took place on Facebook.

Skyline Construction, Inc.
Skyline Construction, Inc. donates to many local charities.  One of these was the local humane society where they helped prepare the new building site. 
Special thanks to Brian Svestka and Mike Root.

Wendling Quarries, Inc.
Wendling Quarries, Inc. works each year to provide the community we serve with one major service project.  In 2015 WQI organized, prepared and taught the brand new Mining in Society Merit Badge to a group of 29 Boy Scouts from nine different Eastern Iowa troops.  This merit badge has been a joint effort of Boy Scouts of America and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME).  WQI’s believes that this merit badge has offered scouts an appreciation for mining and a better understanding of the benefits and challenges that they can use to provide public support for mining in the future.  John Tuthill and Trent Sieverding of WQI organized and prepared a curriculum and activities to meet the massive number of requirements that must be completed to earn the merit badge.  John Kulper; WQI Environmental and Safety Director, Rob Manatt; WQI Quality Control technician presented the requirements of the merit badge.

Weidemann, Inc.
Weidemann, Inc. donated land for the Wright County Freedom Rock in Dows.  They also helped to transport the rock from a farm field to its present location and did the final grading around the rock.
Special thanks to Steve Weidemann and Blair Weidemann.



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