GARDINER, ME – 2019 kicked off the incorporation of a new philanthropy program at Maine Drilling & Blasting. Long known as a responsible corporate citizen, Maine Drilling & Blasting set out on a mission to make a more dedicated and organized, positive impact on all of the communities that they service. The committee chose four nationally recognized nonprofits to proudly stand behind: Make-A-Wish, Habitat for Humanity, the Wounded Warrior Project and the Travis Mills Foundation, in addition to the many other organizations they already support annually. Topping off the company’s commitment, MD&B has given every eligible employee a volunteer day off to support any of these foundations.
“Community service will be part of our DNA. I am pleased to be a part of our evolution as a company that keeps reaching for more ambitious goals as compassionate individuals,” said Dan Werner, president and CEO.
Each of the selected charities align well within the MD&B culture and core values of respect, fairness, honesty and responsibility.
• Make-A-Wish volunteers, donors and supporters advance the vision of granting the wishes of children diagnosed with critical illness. MD&B is proud to help ease that burden by granting three wishes in 2019.
• Habitat for Humanity works in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and has helped more than 13 million people achieve safe, decent and affordable shelter. MD&B will be participating in at least three builds throughout their service geography in 2019.
• The Travis Mills Foundation supports recalibrated veterans and their families through long-term programs and provides camaraderie and relationship-building at a country retreat in Rome, ME. MD&B is assisting through both corporate donation and volunteering at the retreat.
• As a Corporate Champion, MD&B partners with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) to deliver life-changing programs to over 100,000 wounded warriors, their families and their caregivers.
MD&B has also been selected by the ESOP Association as a 2019 Runner-Up Winner in their national Annual Awards for Communications Excellence (AACE), in the category of Printed Materials, Over 250 Employees. The AACE Awards are sponsored each year by the association to recognize the outstanding communications and educational programs of its members. The awards are presented each May at the association’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., to companies who have excelled in communicating the ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) and its meaning to the company’s employees.
MD&B is an employee-owned company with corporate headquarters in Gardiner, ME. There are 293 active employees in the company’s ESOP, which was established in 2004. Of those, 182 are 100% vested. Fifty-eight percent have account balances of between $1,000 and $50,000, and 35% have account balances in excess of $50,000. An active MD&B ESOP Employee Communication Committee helps promote a broad-based understanding of MD&B’s ESOP, supports a vibrant culture of employee ownership and represents the interests of all employee owners.
Two MD&B communication initiatives to its employees were represented in the 2019 AACE Award. The first, titled “The ESOP is in Your Hands,” gives visibility to the value of products, processes, tools and equipment which quite literally are touched or in hands on a daily basis, in order to encourage efficiency and minimize waste that impacts the company’s bottom line and everyone’s ESOP. Similarly, the “Broken Steel Warranty Recovery” initiative encourages and recognizes the report and return of broken or damaged drill steel and accessories by employees on jobsites. Instead of thousands of dollars being thrown away, the money received through the program goes directly to the bottom line, growing everyone’s ESOP.
Werner commented, “We are very pleased to have been selected as a 2019 AACE Award winner. We have a strong ownership culture, which I firmly believe drives our success. We truly work, and now think like owners, thanks in part to the educational efforts and communications we’ve developed over the past 15 years. Our employees are actively suggesting new products to feature in our ESOP is in Your Hands messaging and field employees were directly responsible for generating over $23,000 in credits back to the company during the first six months of the Broken Steel Program. Our employee owners remain very engaged with both of these ongoing initiatives.”
AACE Award winners are chosen by a panel of five judges made up of both management and non-management employee owners, each of whom has demonstrated active experience and interest in the field of ESOPs and employee ownership communications. Awards are based on overall quality and quantity of employee owner education, contributions of employee owners, integration of the ESOP into company culture, frequency of ownership communications, involvement and/or response of employee owners, encouragement of ownership attitudes, clear expectations, creative ideas, graphic design and technical quality.
MD&B, recognized as a leader in the industry and a long-term contributor to the local community, offers drilling and blasting services to the construction and quarry markets, along with a variety of specialty services throughout the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States. In addition to the corporate office in Gardiner, ME, MD&B has offices in New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.