Rice Students Tour Small Mountain Quarry To Learn About Jobs And Conservation

Nearly 120 students from Rice Elementary School recently toured Small Mountain Quarry for a day-long event designed to teach the children about jobs available in the aggregate industry and conservation efforts at the quarry.

Pennsy shuts down the entire quarry for a day to host the students. Pennsy engineers and employees discuss rock formations, conservation efforts and material manufacturing. In addition, Pennsy construction employees discuss how roads are built and how heavy equipment works.

“We have been offering this tour for several years now. The kids seem to really like it, and my employees enjoy having them here,” said Patrick Bartorillo, president of Pennsy Supply North. “I feel it is important for young people to learn about science, the environment and job opportunities in their community.”

Small Mountain Quarry employs about 150 workers, including miners, equipment operators, truck drivers and maintenance employees.

Students also learned about the importance of water conservation on the quarry tour. Visiting the belt-press room, Pennsy engineer Kristin Sweeney explained how the quarry uses water to clean the rocks before crushing them into materials. The water is sent to the belt-press room, where it is filtered and reused.