On July 28, approximately 20 Japanese delegates including students, chaperones and interpreters from Minamiawaji, Japan toured the Stoneco Celina quarry. Quarry representatives and management team members including third-party Wampum Hardware were well-prepared with informative presentations, activities, lunch and souvenirs.
“We were delighted to be a part of this memorable experience,” said Lyle Snyder, vice president and general manager The Shelly Company. “Our open door policy encourages safe and supervised trips for all ages. Our employees work hard to execute a meaningful agenda leaving community members with a better understanding of limestone mining and how it impacts our quality of life,” said Snyder.
The Stoneco Celina quarry was one of several stops for the overseas guests during their week-long visit to Mercer County. Robin Kraner, Stoneco quality control technician, organized and coordinated the trip. The tour was made possible thanks to the Grand Lake International Association’s (GLIA) 20th anniversary and sister-city program. GLIA coordinates the lodging with host families and touring businesses, restaurants, government facilities, schools and other sites.
GLIA was originally founded in 1993 as the Celina International Association to offer social, educational and cultural interaction between the youth of Celina and other countries, and now oversees the student exchange program.