Members of the Johnson family believe that local business and community engagement should go hand-in-hand. From humble beginnings in Salisbury, NC, Johnson Concrete has continually demonstrated a commitment to the communities in which it operates. Its foremost goal is to provide citizens with a stable work environment that exceeds industry standards in safety and fosters a culture of respect for each individual. Johnson Concrete’s Lexington block location was recently recognized by OSHA’s prestigious Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) as one of only 70 small businesses in North Carolina with exemplary safety programs. Furthermore, leadership takes great pride in the fact that three individuals have chosen to spend at least 50 years employed by Johnson Concrete.
The leaders of Johnson Concrete feel that one of the best ways to support a community is through education. Any Johnson Concrete employee can pursue higher education at the company’s expense assuming he or she maintains full employment and studies a subject pertaining to his or her career. Additionally, Mrs. Johnson has been a loyal benefactor to Salisbury’s Catawba College, supporting athletics and providing scholarships for local students. In 2007, the Frances H. Johnson Endowed Scholarship was created and gives preference to children of the employees of Johnson Concrete, Carolina Stalite and Staclean Diffuser Company. Johnson Concrete employees can regularly be found participating in local high school masonry programs and supporting the construction of dugouts and backstops for high school baseball and softball teams. Mrs. Johnson also has a special affinity for the Boy Scouts of America – her only son was an active member – and has supported numerous Eagle Scout projects over the years.
Johnson Concrete and Carolina Stalite both have a record of beneficence towards civic and nonprofit organizations across the state. The First United Methodist Church, the YMCA, and several Habitat for Humanity homes in Salisbury are constructed of donated blocks and both the Gold Hill and Ben Ketchie parks sit on gifted land. Carolina Stalite has contributed Permatill to Catawba College’s Center for the Environment and NC State’s JC Raulston Arboretum. In addition to providing concrete masonry to local school programs, Johnson Concrete has recently donated hardscapes materials to the Helping Hand Mission in Raleigh, the Hoke County Museum, and the Millbridge Elementary Discovery Garden in China Grove. The North Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architects selected Johnson Concrete’s decorative concrete masonry for use in its new Raleigh headquarters. Johnson Concrete has chosen to donate the block in appreciation of the organization’s support over the years.
An avid supporter of the arts, healthcare, and youth organizations, Mrs. Johnson was awarded an honorary doctor of humanities degree from Catawba College in 1975 and the Adrian L. Shuford Award for Distinguished Service in 1990. In 2010, she received the Community Care Clinic of Rowan County’s annual humanitarian award. The leadership of Johnson Concrete is always looking for opportunities to partner with local organizations that serve our communities. Please direct all inquiries to Starling Johnson.