Throughout fluctuating market conditions, Covia continues to invest in what we believe is key to a thriving business and community—People. We are committed to ensuring our employees work and arrive home safe and healthy after each shift. Our comprehensive compensation and benefits program, our appreciative culture, and the opportunities we provide our employees to develop new skills and participate in our Sustainable Development (SD) initiatives all make Covia a special place to work. We are committed to ethical business practices, making a positive impact in our communities, and raising standards across our industry and the markets we serve. Our Clearly Covia values and behaviors: Safety First; Be Different; Deliver on Promise; and, Do Good. Do Well. Act. Responsibly. extend to how we engage with those who handle, use, or are impacted by our products. We work with and educate suppliers, customers, and various community groups to elevate safe and sustainable practices.
The pages throughout the People section of this report describe our management approach, goals, and performance for each of these topics.
In the interest of safety for the traveling public as well as our employees and transportation partners, Covia paid to add turning lanes at two locations in 2018: Canoitas, Mexico, and Crane, Texas. At our Crane, Texas, mine, a left turn lane as well as acceleration and deceleration lanes were added. “Covia is dedicated to being both a leading producer of frac sand to the Permian Basin and a standard-bearer in safety, environmental stewardship, and community engagement,” said Crane Plant Manager, Jordan Taylor. “As part of our plant construction, we identified the opportunity to upgrade a portion of road near our site entrance. These upgrades will improve the traffic pattern in the area and more importantly, provide for the safety of our neighbors through this portion of road.”
Covia worked in collaboration with the Texas Department of Transportation and a local contractor to complete the upgrades with minimum impact to traffic patterns. Odessa District Engineer John Speed said, “It’s an indicator of deep commitment to the safety of their employees and their neighbors…when a company is willing pay for [transportation improvements]. These road changes reduce the chances that accidents might occur around their facilities, so we're thrilled to have this kind of partner in transportation safety."
In Canoitas, Mexico, new lanes were added with the objective of improving safety. We also built a parking area for trucks (see photo) to avoid big lines of trucks outside our plant.