BURNCO Texas LLC’s Krugerville Concrete Plant achieved certification under TACA’s STAR program at the gold level for 2018‐19. This represents the highest level of certification possible under the STAR program, which evaluates facilities based on the key elements of community engagement, environmental stewardship, and sustainability. Applicants provide information on different aspects of how a facility interacts and works with its local community – embodying the concepts of Sustainability, Trustworthiness, Accountability, and Responsibility. They are evaluated through a detailed review and scoring process that allocates points for five specific elements, which include:
• Hosting community events
• Reaching out to the community
• Community involvement
• Environmental considerations
The STAR program was developed through TACA’s Emerging Leaders Academy and launched as a way to objectively quantify the achievements that member company facilities have made in community engagement. Importantly, it also allows the association to recognize these facilities for their accomplishments in this critical element of business. “Members work very hard to support the communities in which they operate,” said David Perkins, TACA President, and CEO. “Three of TACA’score values are Leadership, Community, and Trust, and the STAR program is a valuable way to reflect on these important elements and recognize outstanding efforts.” TACA is made up of the people who work hard every single day to provide the foundation that enables Texas to grow and prosper.
TACA represents an industry that employs approximately 100,000 women and men with an annual economic impact of $8 billion. Our members produce the aggregates, concrete, and cement that pave the roads which move people and goods across the Lone Star State. And our products literally build homes, schools, churches, apartments, offices, airports, hospitals and so much more – where Texans live, work, and play.
The pandemic led to an increase in construction and home renovations, but shortages of cement are putting a new strain on the industry.
Concrete is the most used building material on the planet and accounts for seven per cent of global CO2 emissions and 1.5 per cent of Canada’s.