2016 Spartan U.S. Championship Series at Grove Stone
Posted on April 22nd, 2016
Grove Stone, our quarry outside of Asheville, NC is one of the five race courses hosting the 2016 Spartan U.S. Championship Series. Kicking off in May, the most elite athletes will compete in one race a month at select Spartan Race courses across the county. Race 4 is “Southeast Showdown,” at Grove Stone on August 6th. The races will all be filmed (and then broadcast at a later date) on NBC Sports Television. Whether you are a competitor yourself or an enthusiastic spectator, take this great opportunity to be apart of it all with some of the best athletes out there.
For more on race dates, locations, and NBC air times, check out Spartan U.S. Championship Series official website
Students@Work Week 2016 Comes to Grove Stone
Posted on March 30th, 2016
Grove Stone was a participating business in this year’s Students@Work Week. More than 950 Asheville City and Buncombe County middle schools, and Nesbitt Discovery Academy students visited local businesses and community leaders during the week of March 14th to learn more about career paths in North Carolina. Grove Stone hosted 25 middle schoolers with hands-on centers that exposed the students to quality control, equipment maintenance, plant maintenance, and the geology of our aggregate material. Thanks to the initiative of Buncombe County Schools and United Way, students connected classroom concepts to real world applications, sparking imagination along the way!
Buncombe County Schools are also planning their third-annual Celebrate STEM, NC Science Festival event on Saturday, April 23 from 9a-3p at the Nesbitt Discovery Academy. This event invites families from grades k-8 to come view the GeoDome, in addition to 30 other activities throughout the day. Last year, 600 people visited this event and experienced activities such as engineering design challenges, science explorations, math activities and more.
January 21st is Community Night
Posted on January 14th, 2016
Next Thursday, January 21st, from 4-8pm, Highland Brewing Company is hosting a Community Night as part of the Colburn’s Spot-Light Campaign. The campaign is raising funds to help relocate and rebrand the museum into The Asheville Museum of Science, set to open Spring 2016. The expansion allows the museum to operate in a larger space in the heart of downtown, to make science more accessible to more visitors.
Come out and join Hedrick Industries in helping “move science into the spotlight.” Highland Brewing Company will have great beer, a raffle for cool prizes, Taste-n-See food truck, and good friends. $1 of every pint they sell will be donated to Colburn’s Spot-Light Campaign. Let’s celebrate positive changes together. Hope to see you there!
Colburn Earth Science Museum Expansion Project Underway!
Posted on December 11th, 2015
The Colburn Earth Science Museum in Asheville, NC provides science education and museum services to Buncombe County and visitors from near and far. Last year, they saw 34,028 people through the museum and provided 27,491 hours of science education to almost 10,000 school students. One of their exhibits in the Grove Stone Earth Center – named after Hedrick Industries’ mine quarry in Swannanoa, Grove Stone – features North Carolina’s geology. Our partnership goes beyond the walls of the museum to quarry field trips that we host for the Colburn’s educational camps. Needless to say, Hedrick Industries is excited about the new opportunity for science education to grow in our community!
The Colburn has been situated in the bottom level of Pack Place, but is now planning to expand and become the Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS) by spring of 2016. The new name is intended to encompass a broader scope of the museum’s offerings, with attention to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Their goal is to grow as a science museum in order to offer the best experience to our region’s schools, families, educators, businesses, and tourists. Their new location will be in the heart of downtown Asheville, where they will have twice as much space for exhibits and classrooms to increase public engagement and attendance. To make the move in a sustainable manner they need $1,200,000 for proper renovations, funded from corporate sponsors, museum members, grants and donations.
62% of current NC jobs require STEM skills that only 21% of graduating students possess. As an aggregate industry, Hedrick Industries would not excel without the development this arena. We are excited about the prospect that AMOS will expose children early on to science education, so businesses like our own can thrive in the future.
For more about their campaign or to donate to the project, visit their website HERE
Rock The Quarry is All About Community
Posted on September 18th, 2015
This week, Black Mountain News featured an excellent article on Rock the Quarry Trial Challenge 5K, our 8th-annual event happening this Saturday, September 19. Author, Fred McCormick highlights the unique aspects of the race. Not only is the race one-of-a-kind experience running through an active quarry, but the view of the scenic Swannanoa Valley will take your breath away.
Here at Hedrick Industries, we know we would not be able to operate without the support from our neighbors. Rock the Quarry is our way of giving back. To us, the most important part of Rock the Quarry are the non-profits that the race supports: Black Mountain Home for Children and the Colburn Earth Science Museum.
Click here to read the entire article. We’ll see you at the starting line tomorrow!