Say So Long To Sunday Night Blues

beachKnowing that a fun-filled weekend is about to come to an end can cause a twinge of sadness for even the most enthusiastic employee. The dark mornings and cold Winter days can also play into these feelings. Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimize Monday morning malaise.

1) End the weekend on a more relaxing note
Do you tend to jam pack your weekends so you rush home from a trip or outing without leaving time to decompress? Instead, try to schedule yourself enough time to wind down. During this time, do something relaxing. What about going to a movie early Sunday evening? There are fewer crowds. Other options include taking a leisurely shower (unlike the rushed one you take Monday morning), listening to music or reading a book.

2) Do an electronics clean sweep
This one is going to be a challenge for many people. However, study after study shows that the blue light emitted from our electronics (including smart phones, TVs and computers) has a very detrimental effect on our sleep quality. Along the same lines, having these devices in your bedroom is a sure-fire way to increase the time it takes to get to sleep, as well as negatively impact the quality level of the sleep you do get.

According to The National Sleep Foundation’s 2014 Sleep In America poll, “Electronics in the bedroom are pervasive. These electronics are found in both the parents’ bedrooms as well as their children’s bedrooms. Leaving the devices on at night can be particularly disruptive to sleep.”

There was a time, not so long ago (relatively speaking), when we weren’t tethered to this technology. Watching or using these devices too close to bedtime is a no-no – for parents and children. A good night’s sleep is critical to a productive work week. Take this tip seriously and retire your electronic devices when you retire to the bedroom. You may experience withdrawal in the beginning, but, in the long run, this step can really make a positive difference in your life.

3) Streamline your transition into the work week
A frenzied start to the work week is not the way to go. Have your outfit ready, lunch prepared and everything else you need the night before – so you can just grab it and go. Good habits like this go a long way towards making Monday morning stress more manageable. A less harried routine, commute and transition into the work week is the goal. Whatever small actions you can take to bring added comfort and convenience to your day is going to help put you in a better mood for the duration of the week.

4) Plan something fun for early in the week and beyond
Who says you can’t go out to dinner on a Monday or Tuesday? While some restaurants are closed Monday evenings, many are not. Setting a date to go out gives you something to look forward to. And, unlike Friday or weekend evenings, there will be fewer people. Take some time to relax and re-energize for the rest of the week. Along the same lines, don’t forget to plan short and long term events to look forward to. Just knowing you are going on a day trip or vacation is sure to brighten your mood.

5) Start off the week with a pleasant task
Don’t dive into that stress-inducing report first thing. Tackle something easier. Every job has duties that are more enjoyable than others. Give yourself a break and start with those less taxing, more mindless responsibilities first.

6) Acknowledge your feelings
It’s normal to feel a bit sad when the weekend comes to a close. However, if your feelings start to intensify into anger, depression or overwhelming dread, it may be time for a job change. These emotional red flags are more than than just the Sunday night blues.

What about you? Do you have any advice on how to make the transition back into the work week easier? We would love to hear what you think.

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Amy Keenan, Corporate Recruiter, Allied Building Products

P1030383What do you do in your position?
I am a Corporate Recruiter for a great company, Allied Building Products.  Every day, I source the best talent for Inside/Outside Sales Professionals, IT and Management.  I mainly hone in on the Northeast, Great Lakes Region and the Florida area.

What month/year did you start?
I started with Allied on September 2, 2014. I remember the date exactly because I was so excited to come on board!

lilacsWhere is your job located?
My recruiting office is based out of Rochester, NY – which is known as the Flower City and for hosting the annual Lilac Festival. 


What do you like about working here?
What I really enjoy about working at Allied is joining such a dedicated team of professionals in the office and working with the hiring managers as well.  The support that I receive is outstanding!

What are the best parts of your job?
The best parts – well, there are so many!  To narrow it down – I really love how our team works so well together and makes coming to work such a great experience.  Also, it’s exciting to move forward with the “right” talent and being able to offer the position of full-time employment.  I go home at the end of the day feeling AWESOME!

Why do you think Oldcastle is a good place to work?
We have people in the company who have such a passion for the building materials industry and believe in the products. This combination has made us so successful over the years.  We have so much to offer someone looking for not just a job but a career! I believe in the vision of Oldcastle – building a better tomorrow, and it begins with YOU!

How would your co-workers describe you?
Hmmm….I think that my co-workers would say: “Energetic, Passionate, Professional, Fun, Motivated, A Team Player and ANIMATED!”

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Just for fun, we want to know – what was your first job ever?
My first job was something that I sought out. I became so interested in the weather during 8th grade, that I scheduled and conducted interviews with 3 different Meteorologists from the local news stations.  I was able to go into each news station to shadow and gain an understanding of what their job responsibilities entailed.  Then, I became a WeatherSpotter. It was an unpaid job, but certainly rewarding. I was responsible for reporting current temperature readings and conditions for my hometown. Sometimes, my name was stated on the air and, in that moment, I felt like a celebrity! 

Cloud photo credits: Amy Keenan

Do you have any funny or interesting work stories to share?
Let’s see…Some people may not know, but I worked at 13WHAM News (formerly known as WOKR TV 13) as a part-time Forecaster for 6 ½ years (mainly on the weekends) gathering data to create a forecast, updating the Weatherline (a line that the public could call into for a up-to-date forecast), updating the webpage, recording my forecast for local radio stations and the DOT.  It was a great job because, even if I was wrong, I still had a job!  When I was younger, I wanted to move out West to chase tornadoes…my family and friends thought that I was crazy!

If you would like, tell us about your family.
I am blessed to have such a wonderful, loving and supportive family!  I have two children- a son who is almost 9, and quite the Engineer.  He is always experimenting!  My daughter, who is 5 ½, is a ray of sunshine, full of energy and loves to dance.  And, I have a great husband, a Mechanical Engineer who puts up with me! 

What are your hobbies outside of work?
Playing with my kids, camping, mowing the lawn, fishing, crafting and going on vacations with my family!

Find out more about Allied Building Products (including job opportunities):
http://www.alliedbuilding.com/

Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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Career Help Is Just A Click Away!

jansamplenewsletterWe’re excited to announce our NEW Talent Community! If you join, we’ll email you a monthly newsletter full of tips and career related topics, ranging from how to write a better resume, to advice on answering tricky interview questions and much more. You’ll also find recruiter profiles, company spotlights, employee/site news and hot jobs.

It’s a great way to keep your career on track, whether you’re actively looking for a job or just thinking about switching employers.  We’ll also archive older issues online. Simply click below to subscribe. You can opt out at any time. Not looking for a job? Help out a friend who is and send them this link: http://oldcastlecommunity.monster.com/

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How To Find A Company To Love

waterheartLook Beyond Big Names
In the market for a new job? It’s easy to be drawn to well-known companies. The glamour! The pay! The Facebook bragging rights! However, lesser known companies (big and small) can offer just as much in terms of salary, benefits and work satisfaction. Not every company (or industry) has the same marketing budget or name recognition, yet can be well worth looking into and pursuing. In addition, there is less competition to get your foot in the door.

To get started:
1) Make a list of what is important to you
If working at a well-known name is a deal breaker, then by all means target those companies. Just know that the competition to get in will be fierce. But, if you’ve given it your all and are not even getting calls for a phone screen, you may want to reevaluate your plan. Is placing such an emphasis on a well-known company part of your strategy to get into an even bigger name in that particular industry? Again, if that is your goal, that is perfectly fine. However, to save yourself time and effort (and possibly cut your job search time in half), draw up a list of job and company must-haves BEFORE you start your search.

2) Keep an open mind
Considering and applying to a company that is lesser known IS a leap of faith. However, for many fields, the industry or company does not matter, as the job role is the same – it’s just a different working environment. The same job search goals apply. Big or small, well-known or not, you want to find an organization that treats people fairly, pays well and has benefits that fit in with your lifestyle.

“If the job allows you to do work that you enjoy, with people who you like and respect, then the industry or company name brand/recognition factor shouldn’t really come into play.”

2) Do your research
Let’s say you’re doing a search on Monster or Indeed and come across a company you’ve never heard of. That doesn’t mean it’s not a well-respected player in its industry. Go to the company’s website and Google to research it a little more. Glassdoor can be a good source as well. Although, take the opinions on there with a grain of salt, as it does err on the side of the disgruntled employee. If it’s an industry you’re unfamiliar with, dig a little deeper. Look up professional and industry related associations. See how the company ranks. Don’t forget to reach out to any of your acquaintances on social media (especially LinkedIn) if they happen to be in that industry. If it’s a smaller, local organization, a trip to the library may be in order. Yes, offline research! The librarian can direct you to various materials and other information about the organization that may not be available online.

Don’t Buy Into The Hype
Our recruiters have talked to many job seekers who won’t even look at a company because the company is unfamiliar or seems “boring.” Boring is in the eye of the beholder. A job is what you make it. Do you want to wait for the perfect big name? Some people hold out and end up being unemployed or stuck in their current unhappy job situation for longer than they need to be. Why not consider an organization that is not as well-known? It pays to look beyond the big guns. It could be the best job you ever had!

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Sean O’Neill, Staffing Manager, Allied Building Products

seanoneillWhat do you do in your position?
I provide exempt and non-exempt level staffing for the distribution arm of Oldcastle – Allied Building Products.  I collaborate with the hiring managers to prepare a staffing strategy for existing and future needs.

What month/year did you start?
February, 2007

Where is your job located?
Rochester, NY

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Bowling team-building event

What do you like about working here?
The Team! It’s exciting to be a part of something that is growing.

What are the best parts of your job?
The ability to partner with the managers and become a valued resource in what they are looking to accomplish in each of their regions.

Why do you think Oldcastle is a good place to work?
Oldcastle offers the opportunity for personal and career growth.

How would your co-workers describe you?
I think my co-workers would describe me as someone who comes to work every day and is focused. When I get out of my office, I think they would say I am sports-oriented with a touch of OCD. I like my office to be in order.

Just for fun, we want to know – what was your first job ever?
My first job was working at a sporting goods store. The exciting part about this for my parents was that we were able to get all of our sporting equipment at a discounted rate!

Do you have any funny or interesting work stories to share?
When I was working at the sporting goods store, there were many incidents that were funny. I am not sure if I would consider some of the stories interesting or just gross, as you are helping people try on shoes!

If you would like, tell us about your family.
I have been married for 12 years to my wife.  We met in college. We have an 8 year old son, and a 6 year old daughter.

coachingWhat are your hobbies outside of work?
Coaching my kids’ athletic teams, playing hockey and cycling.

Find out more about Allied Building Products (including job opportunities):
http://www.alliedbuilding.com/

Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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Don’t hide like a Sasquatch in the forest – get noticed!

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Bigfoot’s LinkedIn Profile Leaves A Bit To Be Desired

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A BigFoot pizza!

One day, Bigfoot will be found. And, if you want, so will you – by a Recruiter!

If you’re a top performer and your company is taking care of you, you may not be on sites like Monster.com or Careerbuilder.com. However, even if you’re not actively looking for a job, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be networking with recruiters and learning about new opportunities.

Don’t Be Like Bigfoot (who tries to hide from everyone)
Do the opposite, and figure out where recruiters hang out (on-line) and make yourself visible. Even if you aren’t interested, recruiters will reach out to you (if you’re not Bigfoot), present you with opportunities, and learn about what you may be looking for in a job.  You even have the chance to refer friends and colleagues. A good recruiter (like the ones here at Oldcastle) will search various sites and network with industry experts.

Keywords Count
Make sure you are on LinkedIn with up-to-date information.  Your LinkedIn profile should contain the same keywords that a recruiter might use when searching for candidates.

For example, Kevin Lissow, a Corporate Recruiter at Oldcastle, uses the following words and terms when searching for an IT Project Manager:

  • (“Information Technology” OR “I.T.” OR “IT”) AND (“Project Manager” OR “PM” OR “P.M.”) AND (“PMP” OR “Project Management Certification”) AND (“SDLC” OR “Software”) NOT “Recruiter”

Note – this is just one search string. Would you turn up in his search?  Think about keywords a Recruiter would use to search for someone in your industry or job function.  Do you need to modify your profile to be found?  Put yourself in the head of a Recruiter (if you dare) and think about the terms they might use to search for someone with your skill sets.   Better yet, ask a Recruiter.

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Bigfoot image from infamous 1967 Patterson–Gimlin film

Think about it – Bigfoot does none of these things and none of the Recruiters I work with have ever contacted the elusive Sasquatch.

Don’t be a Bigfoot.  Make it easy for a Recruiter to find you, whether you are looking for a job or not.  You never know how that connection could benefit you in the future.

It’s Not All About LinkedIn
If you want to be found by a Recruiter, be sure to explore the other Social Media sites out there.  Oldcastle is represented on sites like Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and YouTube.  Be social, contribute content to sites, search for channels in your industry to share knowledge, and include Recruiters in that search so you can connect with them.

More old-school when it comes to networking?
Try getting out in the community at local networking events.  Meet those in your industry and your community.  Start networking.  Recruiters are in the business to search out good qualified candidates. They use many methods – including old fashioned networking.  

It takes time to build up your network, so stick with it and make it a daily practice.  While it may not pay immediate dividends, give it time.

A recruiter’s job is to find the best qualified candidate for the company they represent.  They read the applications that come in, they search the boards, they network and they utilize all available resources in hopes of finding the elusive best candidate.  Give yourself a shot and get out there.  Reach out to recruiters in your industry and start networking.

If you’re looking for jobs at Oldcastle, check here:  http://oldcastlecareers.com

If you want to join the Oldcastle Talent Community, check here:  http://oldcastlecommunity.monster.com/

If you’re looking for more information on Bigfoot, check here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bigfoot

coreyAbout Corey: Guest blogger and Bigfoot buff Corey Listar is a Staffing Manager for the Oldcastle Recruiting team in Rochester, NY. He has a Masters degree in Career & Human Resource Development and over 15 years of experience in staffing, recruiting and human resources.

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Want to read more by Corey? Check out his other post: What Walter White Can Teach You About Evaluating A Job Offer.

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Clear The Clutter, Get A Better Job

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Get your “career house” in order this year!

‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions. Have you made yours? 45% of us do. Last year, according to a study conducted by the University of Scranton, getting organized came in at #2 of most popular resolutions. While it ranked lower than losing weight, it ranked above staying fit, saving money, and spending more time with the family. When the stats for 2014 come in, I’m sure they will rank similarly.

If you’re looking to find a job or switch careers this Winter, you can benefit from tidying up. Whether you think it impacts you or not, it can be very hard to concentrate knowing that there are dishes in the sink, clothes piled in the corner and paperwork fighting for your attention. When you’re unsettled in one area of your life, it trickles into other areas.

There is a freeing feeling knowing that there is a place for everything and that everything is in it’s place. It’s not just a cliche. Clearing the clutter can really help clear your mind. When your house is in disarray, it’s easy to misplace things. You waste time searching, lose money replacing items you already had and expend effort that could be better spent on your job search. End this frustration once and for all! While it can be hard to garner the energy to declutter and clean, the rewards from doing so really can make a difference.

How to combat this
There are countless stores with products devoted to getting organized. When it comes to your job search and the here and now though, you don’t really need to spend a dime or do anything complicated or fancy.

1) Gather all your job search material in one place and designate this as your “job search zone.” Be strict about it. Don’t allow other bills, magazines, newspapers, etc. to creep into this spot.

2) Make sure this job search zone is in a clean and uncluttered room. Take the time to clear out, donate and discard the unnecessary. The idea is to make the room an inviting space. The job search takes time, and you need a pleasant place to devote your energy to it.

3) If the rest of your house needs an early spring cleaning, then bite the bullet and do it. “Why am I wasting my time cleaning when I need a job?” It’s not a waste of time! If it puts you in a better frame of mind to do the work and handle the ups and downs associated with the job search, then it’s well worth it.

4) If you need some extra motivation, there are numerous self help books and online articles on how to get organized. Many offer similar advice, such as devoting 15 minutes a day to each room. Or, you could look into the newest thoughts on organizing by category – called the Konmari Method. The book describing this method of “tidying up” is currently rated the #1 Self Help book on Amazon. It offers a new way of thinking about clutter and its impact on your life. If you’re stuck and looking to try something new, it may be worth a look.

Whatever method you decide, the takeaway here is not about the method, but the mind set. The right mind set can be very powerful and life changing in many areas of your life – from your career and your health, to your finances and relationships. Once you make the decision to let go of the clutter (mental and physical), you can really concentrate on your goals and what’s important to you.

Good luck on your personal and career journey in 2015!

Looking for more career advice? Check out this post on Work-Life Balance.

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This post, by our Social Media Specialist (Recruiting Office), originally appeared on LinkedIn.

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Jennifer Burley, Staffing Administrator, Oldcastle Inc.

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Photo courtesy of University of Washington Tacoma

What do you do in your position?
 I’m the Staffing Administrator for the recruiting office here at Oldcastle. Most of what I do is onboarding of our new hires – from sending offer packets and reviewing their new hire paperwork to running background checks, coordinating drug screens, answering questions from our hires and ultimately ensuring that the hiring process runs smoothly after the recruiter gives them their employment offer. I do this for many groups that fall under Oldcastle – Allied Building Products, Precast, Architectural Products Group (APG), Building Envelope (OBE) etc. The remainder of my duties include providing administrative support to the recruiters and staffing managers in our office.

What month/year did you start? 
I started in June of 2014.

Where is your job located?
It is located in Rochester, NY.

What do you like about working here?
I like knowing that I make a direct impact on someone’s life. Taking that leap of faith from one job to another is huge – and I pride myself in making sure that the hire feels welcomed and supported, and that the hiring process is a positive and efficient one for all involved. I am excited to get to know a hire during the process and often hear back from them after they are hired, and they tell me how happy they are. That is why I do what I do.

What are the best parts of your job?
Every day is different. I’m always learning something new and it is a very busy position. I’m never at a loss for finding something to do. The time goes by quickly!

Why do you think Oldcastle is a good place to work?
It’s really great to work with so many forward-thinking colleagues. I’m excited to see the many projects that we are currently working on in order to create more efficiencies in our processes. I’m also inspired by the dedication that I see on a daily basis from the team that I work with. I’m humbled to be a part of it.

How would your coworkers describe you?
Hopefully, they would say that I am  funny, positive and a hard-worker.

buildingDo you have any funny or interesting work stories to share?
For many years, I worked on a college campus at the University of Washington. One of the oldest buildings on campus used to be a brothel over a century ago. So, you can imagine my grandmother’s horror when I told her that I worked at a brothel!

If you would like, tell us about your family
I’m a proud mother of my daughter Jasmine. Special shout-out to my parents, including my mother (a two-time cancer fighter), and my sister.

What are your hobbies outside of work?
I recently became a homeowner, so I find most of my days are spent doing DIY projects. I also love to travel, cook and go to the movies.

Just for fun, we want to know – what was your first job ever?
I worked with my best friend at a local motel cleaning the rooms. You can imagine why we didn’t last long.

Want to learn more about Jennifer?
Connect with her on LinkedIn.   

Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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6 Resume Blunders To Banish In The New Year

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1) Treating your resume like a one-size-fits-all document
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you can use the same resume for every position that you apply to. Yes, you can have a general resume as a base. But, before you hit that send button, make sure it has qualifications that match the opening you’re applying to.

2) Overlooking the details
What is the email address on your resume? “CrazyGuy21@hotmail.com” is not going to cut it. Keep it professional. Whether it’s justified or not, listing a Hotmail, AOL or other older email provider can make you look less web savvy. This could hurt you – even if you’re not going for a computer related opening. Also, make sure the font is easy to read and large enough. Remember, not everyone has 20/20 vision. Along the same lines – don’t cram too much onto one page. Editing is your friend. Less is more. Think quality over quantity. If you have to go onto two pages, that’s fine – IF you have the career progression, job tenure and accomplishments to warrant it.

3) Not having someone else look over your resume
You can work on your resume for hours, and it never fails – there’s a typo and you miss it. UGH! Make sure you get a second and even a third set of eyes to proofread your resume before you send it out. We are too close to our own work to be objective. In addition, be open to suggestions for improvements. You don’t have to act on every idea, but there could be a gem or two offered that you never thought of.

4) Ignoring the wealth of free information out there
There’s no excuse to not take advantage of all the resume advice on the web. College career planning offices post great articles. You can also check out the job search and resume advice sections on sites like Forbes, US News & World Report, Monster and CareerBuilder. Take advantage of their experts. I follow career experts on Twitter as well. Just seeing career related content can help motivate you during your search. Resume formats and trends (especially using keywords and making resumes appropriate for online application systems) have changed over the years, and successful job seekers stay on top of it.

5) Failing to customize
I work with recruiters who receive hundreds of resumes weekly. It’s surprising to learn that a large number of people do not take the time to tweak their resume bullet points to more closely match the job opening. While you can do this in a cover letter as well, we advise doing both. Note – this is not a license to exaggerate or lie. You have to have the experience and credentials!

6) Relying on responsibilities
Too many job seekers simply list what they did at a job on their resume. Big mistake! You want to highlight what you accomplished. Focus on results, not responsibilities. How much money did you save? How did you increase efficiency? You can easily transform most job duties into quantitative qualifications. Here’s an example:

The before:

  • In charge of writing press releases for the organization

The after:

  • Wrote over 30 press releases annually, resulting in numerous product placements (radio/print/TV/online) nationally – including major markets

Your bullet points will vary based on the industry, but anyone, at any level of job – from manager to entry level employee, can do this. Numbers and percentages really stand out to recruiters and hiring managers. It helps to save kudos, project results and accomplishments (emails, etc.) throughout the year so you have material to work with when trying to come up with these numbers. The goal is to translate your daily tasks into concrete stats that SHOW the positive difference you made at your company.

So, are you ready to look over your resume and make it the best it can be?Hopefully, these easy to implement resume to-do’s will make 2015 the year your resume rocks!

Looking for more job search advice? Check out this post on How To Network If You Don’t Like To Network.

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The Shelly Company

TheShellyCompanyLogoThe Shelly Company is an award-winning leader in the asphalt production, aggregate mining, road construction and ready mix concrete industry. They have over 90 locations and 1,800 employees. With an emphasis on safety, quality and sustainability, The Shelly Company has been honored by many organizations, including the National Asphalt Pavement Association and the Associated General Contractors of America.

A brief history
1938  Charles J. Shelly started his company in 1938. Work included road servicing projects in Thornville, Ohio.

1963   Shelly acquires its first asphalt plant and expands the business into aggregate mining.

1985   Geographical diversification – 24 subsidiary companies merged under Shelly.

2000  Oldcastle, Inc., a CRH plc public company headquartered in Atlanta, acquires The Shelly Company.

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Services:
Construction
Energy
Estimating
Delivery

aggregates

 

Products:
Asphalt
Aglime
Limestone
Ready Mix
Sand & Gravel

Want to work for The Shelly Company? Check out their latest Job Opportunities!

www.shellyjobs.com

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About Oldcastle (the Shelly company’s parent company)

Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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