COREY ROBERTS NAMED CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Pittsburg Tank & Tower Group welcomed new Chief Operating Officer Corey Roberts to its family in August.

He was employed previously at Brenntag North America as the vice president of operations. Corey initially enlisted then chose to become an officer, serving as a field medic officer in the United States Army. He and his wife, Andrea, have two adult children, Dalton and Abbey.

Pittsburg’s faith-based, family culture aligns with Corey’s values and helped draw him to the company. Corey said he hopes to grow as a Christian, husband, father, and leader this year and in the years to come.

Part of his philosophy is to ask himself, “Am I better today than yesterday, and what am I doing to be better tomorrow than today?”

Pittsburg’s ESOP was also an important consideration in his agreement to leave his 27-and-a-half-year career at Brenntag.

“It is an opportunity to participate in what we are building as a collective team,” said Corey. “‘Our’ company, as a result of the move to an ESOP, extends the ownership to all of our team. We win or learn as a team, and we are all impacted by the results we achieve. In short, I think it is fantastic!”

Originally from Benton, Kentucky, Corey is a 1986 graduate of Marshall County High School.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety & Health from Murray State University. Corey also completed Brenntag’s executive training program in France called Instead, which is like an executive MBA.

While Brenntag is in the chemical distribution business and PTTG is in the tank and tower full-service business, Corey sees many similarities between the companies that should help him adapt to his new job.

“We have customers whom we need to sell to and service,” he said. “We both have a team of people, regardless of position or department, who come together as ‘one body’ to service the customer. The commonality is ‘people.’ I see my primary responsibility here is to equip our team and help them achieve their potential.”

Pittsburg’s greatest strengths are the people and the “culture nurtured, fostered and demanded by Ben here,” Corey said. “Unless you have worked for other organizations, it is hard to understand and fully appreciate the gift the culture at PTTG really is today.”

Corey said he’s looking forward to working with everyone at PTTG, learning from the team, and “assessing where I can bring value to the organization.”

Corey is working with his predecessor Jeremy Dixon during the transition.

“It is always beneficial to get the context and the background of why we are doing the projects we are doing,” said Corey. “I have found Jeremy to be open and transparent in our conversations.”

Corey has a 100-day plan that he would like to accomplish in his first few months at PTTG.

“The first 75 days of this plan involve a tremendous amount of listening and learning,” he said. “I have a lot of experience, but the industries and how we go about processes at PTTG are new to me, and this necessitates the posture of listening and learning. The last 25 days of my plan is to set goals/objectives for myself as the areas I can bring value are realized.”

He noted that PTTG is blessed with tremendous experience and loyalty.

“I am only in the beginning stage of my 100-day plan at this point,” he said. “However, what I see is we need to memorialize or capture this wisdom to ensure we are ‘here for the next 100 years.’ When we do this, we put our employees in a position to be successful. We can do this by capturing the best practices and sharing the lessons learned across the organization. More to come as I progress through my 100-day plan, but this is what I see at this point.”

 

 

Henderson Kentucky Chamber of Commerce 2020 Business of the Year

 

And the award goes to……….Pittsburg Tank & Tower Group & the Johnston family. In 2015 PTTG was named the small business of the year by KYNDLE. Just five years later, we received the 2020 Business of the Year award from the Chamber of Commerce. The announcement was made on February 6th at the annual dinner held by the Chamber.

Here’s some excerpts from Chamber President Ellen Redding’s speech: “PTTG is a company that demonstrates the value of entrepreneurship, community engagement and drive for growth,”

“Entrepreneurs play a key role in any economy. These are the people who have the skills and initiative necessary to anticipate current and future needs and bring good new ideas to market.”

“From one company to now four. From humble beginnings of two employees to now employing over 400.  From doing work in one state to now operating in over 50 countries. All while keeping the home office in Henderson KY.  PTTG and the Johnston family share its success with our community.”

“Education, Health and Wellness and Giving Back is the common theme in this workplace. Students from HCHS co-op here, fresh fruit and yoga classes are offered here, and over 170 employees ran in the Tri Fest 5K. One of the most ambitious and exciting contributions to the community came when team members from PTTG, constructed and erected a steel bridge at John James Audubon State Park accessed around the Wilderness Lake Trail.  And in celebrating their 100 years. – they had a block party in downtown Henderson.”

The employees of PTTG wish to express our sincere gratitude to the Johnston family for their tireless efforts and the excellent work environment we enjoy as a result of their dedication. Congrats to the Johnstons and we’re looking forward to continuing the success story!

 

 

Bridge at John James Audubon State Park Replaced by PTTG employees

Nature, family and steel construction – these three things were near and dear to Don Johnston’s heart. So, it’s only fitting that the way Pittsburg Tank & Tower Group chose to honor its late owner was by donating funds, labor, and materials to build a steel bridge that spans a portion off a trail in Audubon Park.

More than 30 people gathered to dedicate the bridge on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. Vice President of Risk Management Chris Johnston delivered a heartfelt speech in honor of his late grandfather before the ribbon-cutting ceremony took place.

“This bridge that stands here shows the love and loyalty that he gave every day made a difference,” Chris said. “He always said if they are with you when times are good and they sacrifice for you, when times are bad you sacrifice for them, he meant that and lived by it. You all here have been with us and our family through our trying times, our ups and downs. And through this wonderful, thoughtful, generous gift have given our family and community a way to remember Don and his supportiveness, his generosity, and his love to make sure we have support along the way.”

The new bridge is located on the north side of the older of the two lakes in the park. People can access it from the Wilderness Lake Trailhead. It’s estimated that between 100,000 to 200,000 people will walk across the bridge annually.  See Chris Johnston’s interview with 14 news regarding the bridge @

https://www.14news.com/2019/10/02/steel-bridge-dedicated-audubon-park/

https://www.tristatehomepage.com/news/local-news/new-bridge-at-audubon-park-is-dedicated-in-honor-of-late-local-businessman-don-johnson/

 

Henderson Kentucky Chamber of Commerce 2020 Business of the Year

 

And the award goes to……….Pittsburg Tank & Tower Group & the Johnston family. In 2015 PTTG was named the small business of the year by KYNDLE. Just five years later, we received the 2020 Business of the Year award from the Chamber of Commerce. The announcement was made on February 6th at the annual dinner held by the Chamber.

Here’s some excerpts from Chamber President Ellen Redding’s speech: “PTTG is a company that demonstrates the value of entrepreneurship, community engagement and drive for growth,”

“Entrepreneurs play a key role in any economy. These are the people who have the skills and initiative necessary to anticipate current and future needs and bring good new ideas to market.”

“From one company to now four. From humble beginnings of two employees to now employing over 400.  From doing work in one state to now operating in over 50 countries. All while keeping the home office in Henderson KY.  PTTG and the Johnston family share its success with our community.”

“Education, Health and Wellness and Giving Back is the common theme in this workplace. Students from HCHS co-op here, fresh fruit and yoga classes are offered here, and over 170 employees ran in the Tri Fest 5K. One of the most ambitious and exciting contributions to the community came when team members from PTTG, constructed and erected a steel bridge at John James Audubon State Park accessed around the Wilderness Lake Trail.  And in celebrating their 100 years. – they had a block party in downtown Henderson.”

The employees of PTTG wish to express our sincere gratitude to the Johnston family for their tireless efforts and the excellent work environment we enjoy as a result of their dedication. Congrats to the Johnstons and we’re looking forward to continuing the success story!

 

 

Bridge at John James Audubon State Park Replaced by PTTG employees

Nature, family and steel construction – these three things were near and dear to Don Johnston’s heart. So, it’s only fitting that the way Pittsburg Tank & Tower Group chose to honor its late owner was by donating funds, labor, and materials to build a steel bridge that spans a portion off a trail in Audubon Park.

More than 30 people gathered to dedicate the bridge on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. Vice President of Risk Management Chris Johnston delivered a heartfelt speech in honor of his late grandfather before the ribbon-cutting ceremony took place.

“This bridge that stands here shows the love and loyalty that he gave every day made a difference,” Chris said. “He always said if they are with you when times are good and they sacrifice for you, when times are bad you sacrifice for them, he meant that and lived by it. You all here have been with us and our family through our trying times, our ups and downs. And through this wonderful, thoughtful, generous gift have given our family and community a way to remember Don and his supportiveness, his generosity, and his love to make sure we have support along the way.”

The new bridge is located on the north side of the older of the two lakes in the park. People can access it from the Wilderness Lake Trailhead. It’s estimated that between 100,000 to 200,000 people will walk across the bridge annually.  See Chris Johnston’s interview with 14 news regarding the bridge @

https://www.14news.com/2019/10/02/steel-bridge-dedicated-audubon-park/

https://www.tristatehomepage.com/news/local-news/new-bridge-at-audubon-park-is-dedicated-in-honor-of-late-local-businessman-don-johnson/

W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival 2019


Volunteers Needed for Handy FestHenderson’s signature music festival could use some helping hands.

The annual W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival will be held in Audubon Mill Park along the Henderson Riverfront on June 12-15.  Organizers for the free music festival are seeking volunteers to help make sure the event goes off without a hitch.

Without our community’s support, Pittsburg Tank & Tower Group would never be celebrating its 100th anniversary.  Our community supports us, and we want to continue to support our community.  So, PTTG has become a Handy Fest sponsor and is asking its employees to volunteer at the event.

Volunteers are needed to sell raffle and half pot tickets, to take surveys, and to work the Java Shake Booth.  The majority of the time slots are a two-hour shift, though there are three- and four-hour shifts as well. People who volunteer for four or more hours will receive a Handy Volunteer T-shirt.

To sign up to volunteer, visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F48A5A622AAF94-handy.

Please provide your email and mobile phone number when you sign up to allow organizers to communicate with you about volunteering.

For more information about Handy Fest, visit https://www.facebook.com/handyblues/ or handyblues.org.  If you have any questions about volunteering, please email Mauricia Cravens at mbcravens68@gmail.com.

We hope to see you there!

Celebrating 100 Years


    Join us August 17, 2019 as we celebrate 100 years in business! We’ll have entertainment, activities for old and young and end the evening with a bang! The Celebration starts at 5:30pm and ends at 9:30pm and will be held at Audubon Mill Park in Henderson. We’ll also raise money and awareness for the Henderson County Diabetes Coalition.

 

Tri Fest 2019 is almost here!


As you may know, the biggest wellness-related event in our company’s history is going to take place on April 27th at the Tri-Fest 5K Walk/Run. However, it’s much more than just another race.

We are humbled by the fact that the event coordinator, Habitat for Humanity, has chosen to honor Don Johnston and PTTG in the year of our 100th anniversary by dedicating this event to all of us. From the sound of it, there is going to be a massive crowd of purple gathered that morning, just the way Don would like it!

So, please come out and be a part of this special day, and bring your family members and friends, too. Everyone who participates with us will receive a limited edition 100-year anniversary shirt, and employees will be reimbursed the registration fee after completing the race. See Dylan or Rebekah to register.