Our Longview Operations has joined 3,800 volunteer groups dedicated to keeping the highways of the great state of Texas clean. The AAH program gives Texans an opportunity to volunteer in their community while enjoying teamwork, exercise and roadside scenery. The program works in conjunction with the Don’t Mess with Texas campaign, started by the Department of Transportation (DOT) in 1985, and Longview’s Green & Clean Litter Clean Up and Recycle program held in the Spring and Fall each year.
Don Crawford, Facilities Eng./Tooling & Fixtures, finalized the AAH agreement with the Texas DOT Coordinator and the highway signs were installed in February indicating our company's responsibility for a 2-mile stretch running along the rear entrance to the facility. Litter and trash will be picked up by volunteer employees once a quarter, however, if certain areas need attention before that time, a clean-up will be scheduled. Safety is a primary goal for everyone as established by our company and the DOT, therefore, each volunteer watched a mandatory DOT safety video prior to hitting the highway.
This initial clean-up under the AAH program took place on Friday, March 3 with 20 volunteers generating 50 bags of trash and litter. Don Crawford was happy with the first event stating “Our first trash pickup was a real success in terms of volunteers and trash collected. Having our company's name on the road sign shows the community we are a company that is happy to be responsible for keeping the roads around our facility clean.”
Volunteer Cody Fulton stated he wanted “to seize the opportunity to donate my time by giving back to the community and setting an example for our younger generation showing every little bit we do can make an impact.” He also feels it’s important for our company to make the commitment because “our quality policy is to ensure customer satisfaction, drive continual improvement, and promote employee responsibility. We as a company extend this policy far beyond just at our facilities and try to embed it within our community. Our efforts help improve the community, promote ownership, and facilitate the overall morale of everyone within it.”
The next clean-up is scheduled for April 7 in coordination with the City of Longview’s spring Green & Clean event.