Our Greatest Assets: How We Set a Standard of Excellence in Our Industry

In my role as the vice president of Ready Mix and Asphalt at Cornejo & Sons, I see to it that our team upholds its commitment to serve customers, coworkers, and neighbors with honesty and integrity. It’s the foundation of everything we do. At the end of the day, that’s our job — serving our community. We’re not just building roads and pouring concrete; we’re building relationships.

How do we ensure our values are shared by everyone on our team, from our transport drivers to our president? It starts with recognizing our greatest assets — our people. When we make a choice about whom to bring onto the team, we select people who exemplify our values. They don’t just believe in them — they live them at home, at work, and in how they choose to give back. It’s how I know that on any day, at any job, our team is carrying out their work according to our standards. They are delivering a premium value to our customers with hard work, genuine interactions, honesty, and authenticity. These are the foundation of Cornejo & Sons, and our people demonstrate these attributes every day.

Safety is part of our culture, and it’s ingrained in everything we do. That means protecting our people and providing ongoing education and training so that our team can carry out their work safely. We recognize that it’s our responsibility to do it right the first time. That’s what allows us to stand behind our products and services to meet the needs of our customers.

We can only succeed together, and teamwork helps us meet the needs of our customers and helps the company and community win. We put a lot of effort into developing our staff because we know they are our greatest assets. We encourage their professional development because we value them. This allows for individual growth and fosters happier employees. It’s what allows us to provide the outstanding products and unsurpassed service to our customers. These are the hard-working teams people expect when they see the name Cornejo & Sons.

Strong, lasting relationships at every level have always been a priority at Cornejo & Sons. By teaming up with established local businesses, we create value, implement best practices, and offer a safe place to work while striving to exceed our environmental and social responsibilities. In addition to an approach that emphasizes teamwork, we bring an entrepreneurial lens to our partnerships so that other businesses can benefit from our innovative ideas and we can benefit from theirs because even in an established industry like ours, there’s always a need for improvement and innovation.

Our company is deeply rooted in the community, and we desire to show respect and act as good citizens where we work, live, and play. It’s why you’ll see our staff giving their time, money, and energy to places like the Kansas Food Bank or YMCA. We find satisfaction and accomplishment in giving back. It’s not just good business — it’s being a good neighbor.

– Tim Zynda