On Wednesday, Aug. 27, The Shelly Company’s liquid terminal and asphalt plant in Gallipolis, Ohio, took part in the Ohio Chamber’s Road to Prosperity summer road tour by hosting Chamber representatives and Sen. Bob Peterson, to discuss key issues facing the construction and building materials industry. “I appreciated visiting and learning more about The Shelly Company”, said Peterson. “I enjoyed discussing ways to strengthen the business climate in Ohio and growing jobs and our economy.”
“It was an honor to have the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and Sen. Bob Peterson visit us for a few hours to discuss firsthand the issues our business is facing, as well as taking time to tour our facilities,” said Trevor Small, Shelly area manager. “Keeping up with Ohio’s infrastructure is critical to our communities and our society’s quality of life. Our asphalt paving is designed and mixed in-state, incorporating Ohio aggregates and recycled Ohio pavement along with other recycled products, heated on-site and laid down by Ohio workers.”
The Gallipolis asphalt plant is one of Shelly’s 37 asphalt plants throughout Ohio. It is expected to produce enough tons to meet market demands for state and local roadwork projects. A robust highway funding bill is critical to ensure infrastructure needs are met. Highway funding supports Ohio’s economy and provides jobs for Ohio families.
“We are appreciative of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce’s summer road tour and the opportunity to showcase our facility as well as share our concerns,” said Rick Van Gundy, Shelly liquid terminal manager. “We take great pride in running a safe and efficient site.”
Currently, Shelly is experiencing a shortage of qualified and available drivers and contract carriers to transport materials externally throughout most lines of business. Bulk, haul and ready mix concrete drivers are only some of the driving positions needed to be filled. Unfortunately, the present shortage is expected to get worse before it gets better.
“We appreciate The Shelly Company for hosting our Road to Prosperity tour and for sharing these pertinent issues with us,” said Keith Lake, Vice President of Government Affairs at the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. “Their input on issues facing Ohio businesses is paramount to helping us fulfill our mission to advocate for the business community. These problems are likely to affect other businesses as well since The Shelly Company’s business is related to key aspects of infrastructure, which is essentially how employees and raw materials travel to businesses, and how finished goods reach customers. Good infrastructure in Ohio is critical to business.”
The Gallipolis liquid terminal just celebrated 2,922 days without an incident. It consists of 13 steel constructed tanks and is one of Shelly’s four terminals throughout Ohio.