Date: June 25, 2003

Chaney Enterprises Donation Completes Park Benches

Last month, Chaney Enterprises donated four tons of RC6 Recycled Concrete, plus tax and hauling expenses, for the bases around six benches recently built along trails at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary in Upper Marlboro. Eric Patten, Jr. of Boy Scout Troop 1780 requested the donation and built the benches as part of his Eagle Scout project on May 10.

The Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary consists of nearly 2,000 acres of marshland, fields, and ponds and houses up to 20,000 Canada geese during the winter months. It sits adjacent to the Jug Bay Natural Area and was established to reintroduce the Canada Goose to Maryland’s Western Shore, but also offers habitat to other birds and mammals. Currently, Merkle offers four hiking paths, a driving tour and several educational exhibits for its visitors.

Chaney Enterprises recognizes the value of such sanctuaries that work to protect our Chesapeake Bay Watershed and that offer tangible benefits to the general public, and therefore seeks to aid those who desire to improve them. The benches had been on Merkle’s “wish list,” but the park had not yet been able to do the project on its own; according to Penny Finotti, Volunteer Coordinator for Merkle, the benches have already received much use and many praises.

Chaney Enterprises is a construction materials supplier located in Upper Marlboro and is committed to the environment and those who protect it. In fact, part of Chaney’s Mission Statement is to, “realize a reasonable return while continuing our ongoing commitment to our environment and our community.” Putting this into action means not only supporting projects such as Patten’s, but also reclaiming used mining sites and returning them to usable condition. Former mineral reserve and mining sites now constitute more than 50 acres of baseball, softball and football fields in Southern Maryland, five and one half acres donated toward former Governor Glendening’s goal of 60,000 acres of wetlands, a golf course in Davidsonville, and local farmland.

While the company emphasizes Outstanding People, Quality Products and Superior Service, it also focuses on what it believes to be its duty to help provide a better quality of life for the communities in which it does business. The company recognizes its responsibility as a corporate citizen partially through its motto, “Neighbors Serving Neighbors,” and annually sets aside six percent of their net revenue for philanthropic causes.

In business since 1962, Chaney Enterprises is a leading supplier of concrete, concrete block, construction materials and supplies, and sand, gravel and stone. The company operates seven ready mix concrete plants and four sand and gravel facilities throughout the State of Maryland, as well as a 19,000-square-foot contractor-grade construction materials supply store. It proudly serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Charles, Prince Georges, Montgomery, and St. Mary’s Counties.

Chaney Enterprises congratulates Eric Patten, Jr. on his accomplishment of attaining the rank of Eagle Scout and hopes the staff and visitors of Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary enjoy the benches for years to come.