STEM at Continental

Since it opened its doors more than 40 years ago, Continental Cement has aimed to teach its communities about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through site visits and tours. When the company began to incorporate alternative fuel into its process, the volume and frequency of these visits increased substantially.

Today, Continental hosts roughly 1,000 visitors each year who are interested in learning about STEM with our company’s program. Through engagement and exposure, Continental engages visitors by:
• Providing site tours on the manufacturing process and energy recovery, as well as the science and chemistry behind it all
• Educating on the prehistoric Mississippian Period with a discussion of rock formations and fossil exploration
• Hosting an annual STEM camp in collaboration with local manufacturers to encourage STEM employment in local communities
• Enabling career-focused discussions with subject matter experts on the path and education needed to prepare one for a STEM vocation

Community

Giving back where we live, work and operate

At all Continental Cement facilities, it’s a priority for us to be a good neighbor and give back to the communities we call home. In addition to the company’s contributions, our employees proudly donate their time and effort to make a positive impact in their neighborhoods.

The team at our Davenport Plant donated roughly $36,000 in support of organizations like the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the City of Buffalo Easter Egg Hunt and the Quad Cities Canine Assistance Network, among many others. This facility also sponsored and manned the water station at the 2-mile mark of the 2017 Quad Cities Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure where more than 5,000 runners and walkers participated. This amazing team, through Santa for Seniors and Humility of Mary Shelter, also helped provide a merrier Christmas for senior citizens and single-parent families in the community and purchased everything from winter coats to warm bedding.

Employees at our Hannibal Plant made approximately $60,000 in donations to local community organizations including the Hannibal School District, Junior Achievement, Hannibal’s African-American History Museum and many more. The team at Hannibal donated to the local Girl Scout Troop to help beautify the community with gardening boxes and supplies, and also helped a local family celebrate a Merry Christmas with a cash donation through the Holiday Hope Program.

Every year, Green America Recycling, LLC (GAR) hosts their Used oil and Paint Related Material Collection day as an environmentally sound alternative for disposing hazardous waste. In 2017, more than two tons of material was collected. As a treatment, storage and disposal facility, GAR is able to provide this service to the community free of charge.

Read more about Continental Cement’s community efforts in our latest Corporate Social Responsibility brochure.

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