Yager 10 20OWENSBORO, Ky. (10/20/17) — A family company established 1914 in Owensboro is “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.”

Yager Materials has gone “Pink” in a big way to raise awareness for the upcoming Making Strides of Daviess-Owensboro Walk scheduled 2 p.m. Sunday at Smothers Park. Check-in for the event opens at noon.

It took a few weeks to have the 55,000-pound Euclid Hitachi R40 water truck painted pink, themed “Mining for the Cure.”

Workers said they are excited about displaying the large piece of machinery on wheels, and have kept it a secret while Rudd Equipment in Evansville, Indiana worked to get the job done.

The giant truck won’t be hard to miss. It will be situated somewhere near the Convention Center after 9:30 a.m. Sunday. People will get a chance to sign the pink machine, with donations being accepted that will all go toward ACS breast cancer research efforts.

Jim Yager, one of Yager Materials co-owners, gives all the credit to purchasing manager Mark Cannon of Madisonville and its Riverside Stone quarry superintendent Bryan Ory of Battletown, for getting the project into motion.

Yager said the company is passionate about helping others.

“This disease affects so many lives including so many at our company,” he said. “We unite at Yager Materials to show a sign of our support for a cure. If it had not been for the research and sacrifice involving thousands of people making strides for a cure, my wife, Demetria, and many others in our company and community may not be here.”

Cannon said the truck chassis was delivered to Rudd Equipment Aug. 24 to be prepped for painting. The color was originally green and holds an 8,000-gallon tank that was still being assembled in Mulberry, Florida near Tampa during the latter part of the summer.

“When Hurricane Irma hit Florida in mid-September, it halted progress for several days, and created even further delay in getting the oversized equipment delivered to Evansville, ” he said.

The paint scheme was completed Thursday afternoon, and DMC Graphics in Owensboro applied the special event decals late Thursday night. It will be transported to the Owensboro Convention Center this afternoon via Double A Services Inc. of Henderson.

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After this week, Yager said the water truck will be used for dust suppression operations at the company’s quarry in Battletown, and the paint scheme will remain intact.

“If one person looks at the truck and thinks about getting screened for cancer, then it’s worth it,” Ory said.

To join the Making Strides of Daviess-Owensboro Walk, click here

About Yager Materials

Yager Materials, established by Pat A. Yager Sr., began as a gravel business 103 years ago in Owensboro. His son, the late John A. Yager Sr., took over the business, which is currently owned and operated by John’s three sons: Pat Yager, John A. Yager Jr. and Jim Yager along with the founder’s great-grandsons, John T. Yager, Tony Yager, Madison Yager and Matthew Yager. The business, located along the banks of the Ohio River, has expanded over the years to include sand, gravel, a limestone quarry, four ready-mix facilities, two asphalt plants, a road-construction company, material distribution yard and a barge/dredge building and repair operation. The company employs 250.

Doreen Dennis
SurfKY News Director
Region 2


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