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Callanan Industries Gifts $25,000 to SUNY Cobleskill for Workforce Development Programming in Diesel Technology and Construction Machinery

Callanan Industries, Inc., a CRH company and leading supplier of paving materials and construction services in New York state, has presented a gift of $25,000 to the SUNY Cobleskill Foundation. The gift will provide workforce development assistance to students enrolled in the College’s Diesel Technology, Power Machinery, and Agriculture Engineering programs. The partnership between Callanan Industries and SUNY Cobleskill was fueled by a visit to campus earlier this year in which company leaders met with students.

“This was the most enthusiastic class of college-aged students we’ve ever addressed. Their excitement of entering this field was clear, and equally impressive to me were the facilities and equipment in which these students are learning,” said Don Fane, president of Callanan Industries. “A large part of our mission as a materials supplier is focused on the safety of our workforce, and the same safety measures we employ in the field are mirrored in the College’s labs. Finding qualified employees is a challenge across the board in our industry, and I recommend all vertical and material suppliers look at SUNY Cobleskill as they build their future workforce.”

One of the most experienced paving materials suppliers in the nation, Callanan Industries was founded in South Bethlehem, N.Y., in 1883 as an aggregate mining company. Founder Peter Callanan, a forward-thinking farmer and entrepreneur, pioneered the concept of a state highway system, and in 1895 won the first road building contract let by New York State. More than a century later, Callanan Industries continues to be a major supplier of construction materials and services to the New York State Department of Transportation and clients both large and small.

“Callanan Industries has a clear philosophy that a talented workforce is the core to success, and they recognize the far-reaching impact of investing in educational opportunities in their field,” said John Zacharek, vice president for development at SUNY Cobleskill. “The endorsement of our programs by such a respected name in the construction industry adds further value to our degrees and credentials in equipment technology and paves the way for more students to gain the certifications they need to contribute to a healthy workforce. Our sincere gratitude to Callanan for this generous support.”

SUNY Cobleskill’s Agricultural Engineering department is comprised of Bachelor’s and Associate degree tracks in Agricultural Equipment Technology, Power Machinery, and Diesel Technology. Students learn through hands-on experience with the latest equipment provided by John Deere, New Holland and other agricultural equipment companies, and graduate with the knowledge to immediately enter these highly technical fields. The College has also introduced a microcredential in Precision Agriculture Tech in which earners will gain experience in precision agriculture field operation, precision agriculture technology and sensors, spatial management systems, and data-based decisions.

The SUNY Cobleskill Foundation helps position the College as a leader in public education by empowering students to succeed inside and outside the classroom, and ensuring faculty has the ability to maintain academic excellence in teaching.


About Callanan Industries, Inc.
Callanan Industries Inc, is a leading supplier of paving materials and construction services in New York State. Founded in 1883, Callanan provides a complete range of high-quality aggregates, asphalt paving, and ready-mix concrete products to state, federal, municipal, commercial, and private customers. With a corporate office located in Albany, NY, Callanan has approximately 500 employees at its locations across New York State and is able to provide construction services and materials for any project. Callanan was acquired by CRH in 1985. For more information, visit

About CRH
CRH (LSE: CRH, ISE: CRG, NYSE: CRH) is the leading building materials business in the world, employing c.71,000 people at c.3,200 operating locations in 28 countries. It is the largest building materials business in North America and in Europe and also has regional positions in Asia. CRH manufactures and supplies a range of integrated building materials, products and innovative end-to-end solutions which can be found throughout the built environment in a wide range of construction projects from major public infrastructure to homes and commercial buildings. A Fortune 500 company, CRH is a constituent member of the FTSE 100 Index, the EURO STOXX 50 Index, the ISEQ 20 and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) Europe. CRH is ranked among sector leaders by Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) rating agencies. CRH’s American Depositary Shares are listed on the NYSE. For more information visit

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