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SRMG Receives Leadership Award

Salt River Materials Group (SRMG) staff members pose for a photo in front of their enterprise sign. SRMG was recently named Outstanding American Indian Business at the Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards. SRMG employs about 345 people in multiple locations.

A Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community business enterprise was recently recognized for its leadership in the greater Phoenix area.

In November, Salt River Materials Group (SRMG) was named Outstanding American Indian Business at the Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards. The annual awards ceremony was hosted by the Phoenix Indian Center.

“It’s an honor in terms of being recognized, not only for the company itself, the enterprise, but for what the Community has set up over time through the last 30 years,” SRMG President and CEO Roger Smith, Jr. said.

The Phoenix Indian Center, which celebrated 70 years, hosts the awards dinner annually to recognize the dedication and service of the winners to the Native community.

“Each year we have an exceptional group of honorees who have made a tremendous impact in the American Indian community, and this year is no exception,” Phoenix Indian Center CEO Patricia Hibbeler said in a statement. “Congratulations to these remarkable individuals and organizations. Let’s spread the word about the great things these leaders have accomplished.”

Smith said SRMG employees volunteer in a number of organizations and initiatives in the Community and beyond.

SRMG was named Outstanding American Indian Business and received a plaque (middle) and a feather at the Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards. The awards were hosted by the Phoenix Indian Center.
SRMG employs about 345 people in multiple locations, primarily in the Southwest from Stockton, California, to El Paso, Texas, and is considered the only Native American–owned cement manufacturer in the country. In 2015, the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Arizona named SRMG Tribal Enterprise of the Year.

In 1981, the Community established Salt River Sand and Rock; it purchased the Phoenix Cement Company in 1987 and later integrated both companies under the name Salt River Materials Group. Smith was on the SRMG board before taking over as president in the late 1980s. He praised the past tribal leadership for its initial investment in what SRMG is today.

“Our product is in every major roadway or freeway in the Phoenix Valley, in Chase Field, in [the University of Phoenix] Stadium—basically every building to some degree has our product in it,” Smith said. “We are proud of that. We are proud of our quality, and people come to us because of our quality.”

For more information on SRMG, visit www.srmaterials.com.