October 11, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE USE
RT Industries (RTI) in Troy, Ohio, along with their staff,
workers and consumers were honored this fall by the Ohio
Aggregates and Industrial Minerals Association (OAIMA) in a
special ceremony. During the event, the OAIMA presented awards
for RTI’s special contract job at the 110 Foss Way facilities of
the Miami County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental
Disabilities (MRDD), home of the MRDD’s Adult Program, where
workers package samples of aggregates and minerals mined in Ohio
along with industry informational literature.
“RT Industries has assembled 1,800 of these Ohio Rocks and
Minerals Kits,” said Pat Jacomet, executive director of OAIMA.
“They’ve been distributed throughout the state, mainly to schools
and teachers as educational tools. Our OAIMA member companies
have been very gracious by donating time and materials for this
special project. The folks at RTI have been instrumental in
meeting the increased demand for these invaluable teaching
Many OAIMA members also purchase the kits for local schools,
civic groups, boy and Girl Scout troops and open house events.
In addition, OAIMA members presented each consumer at RTI with a
T-Shirt emblazoned with the RTI and OAIMA logos and the caption,
“RTI and OAIMA – Partners in Earth Science Education.”
Each Educational kit contains samples of natural gravel, gypsum,
sandstone, clay, dolomite, flint, salt, quartz, limestone and
slag, all of which are available in Ohio. RTI workers assemble
and fill the sectioned boxes and complete the package by
inserting educational materials including; a “Facts at a Glance”
informational sheet about the aggregate industry in Ohio; and an
“Ohio Rocks and Minerals Kit” informational brochure describing
Among the special guests honoring RTI were OAIMA President
Dennis Garrison, with the Melvin Stone Company; Richard Martin,
Chair of the OAIMA Public Relations Committee (from Barrett
Paving Materials, Inc.) and PR committee members: Tim Augustine
of Bowser-Morner, Inc. and Diana Barnum with North American
Quarry News; Dennis Hull of the Ohio Geological Survey, Karen
Mayer, superintendent of Riverside of Miami County; Sharon
Emerick, Riverside Vocational Development manager; Ginger Willcox
and LeAnn Bradley, workshop production supervisors; Mayor Michael
L. Beamish, City of Troy; and the Miami County Commissioners.
For more information and inclusion in the OAIMA mailing list,
contact OAIMA at 162 N. Hamilton Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230. Call:
(800) OH-ROCKS / (614) 428-7954; fax inquiries to: (614)
428-7919. Visit them online at: http://www.oaima.org .
- By freelance writer Diana Barnum at http://ohiohelp.net .
Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call: (614) 529-9459.
“If it can’t be grown, it has to be mined.”
Group members in OAIMA promote awareness of the industry
throughout the community. Neighborhood groups, school children,
media, and legislative representatives – nearly everyone can
benefit from learning, “If it can’t be grown, it has to be
mined.” So the group helps educate with facts like:
AGGREGATE QUICK FACTS
· There are 95,000 Tons of Aggregate per 1-mile of 4-lane highway
· Each Ohio Resident requires 11 tons of aggregate Each Year
· The Average Home Requires 106 Tons of Aggregate
· The Average School or Hospital Requires 15,000 Tons of
OHIO’S CONSTRUCTION AGGREGATES
· Natural aggregate – 4th Nationally
· Limestone – 4th Nationally
· Slag – Top 4 (2nd in Steel Manufacturing)
· Clay and Shale – 5th Nationally
· Sandstone and Industrial Sands – 2nd Nationally
· Salt – 5th nationally
· Cement – Overall Ohio is 10th Nationally in Aggregate and
- The Ohio Rocks and Minerals Kits represent rocks and minerals mined in Ohio.
- Ohio is the 2nd largest producer of aggregates in the US (and this includes salt).
- Distribution of the kits is to the schools, boy and girl scouts and geological groups.
They are also sold in the Statehouse Museum Shop – in downtown Columbus and
online at www.statehouseshop.com and on eBay.
- OAIMA represents all of Ohio’s industrial mineral industries, promotes its member
interests in the public and private sector, promotes responsible regulatory compliance,
provides education, training and communication, and meets the growing needs of the
membership and community.
- OAIMA represents 201 active and associate members at this time – including over 90%
of the aggregate produced in the state.
1. Patrick A. Jacomet, Executive Director of OAIMA is available
for interviews and speaking engagements. Contact him at:
Ohio Aggregates and Industrial Minerals Association
162 N. Hamilton Rd.
Gahanna, OH 43230
Call: (800) OH-ROCKS / (614) 428-7954
Fax: (614) 428-7919
2. Ohio Mined Rock Sets, great to use as promotional pieces, are
available upon request for media. Contract Patrick Jacomet (above
in #1) for sets. Photo and description online at Statehouse
Museum Shop: http://www.statehouseshop.com/browse.cfm/4,1353.html
3. Photos of event above are available here: