WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION WEEK SPOTLIGHT: Bogue Road’s Dynamic Duo, Erika & Mackenzie

WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION WEEK SPOTLIGHT: Bogue Road’s Dynamic Duo, Erika & Mackenzie

Mackenzie Norton, Dispatch/Scale House Operator, Torrington Sand & Gravel (Bogue Rd)
Erika Suckley, Scale Operator/Dispatcher, Torrington Sand & Gravel (Bogue Rd)

How long have you been in the construction industry?

Mackenzie and Erika (best friends since childhood!) started with O&G in 2023!

How did you get started in the construction industry?

Mackenzie: My family and friends have been involved with the construction industry my whole life, so I have been surrounded by it for years and thought it would be a fun and rewarding career for myself.

Erika: My best friend (Mackenzie) started here a month before me and said it would be a good, long-lived opportunity for me. I started at the Southbury Quarry and now operate the Torrington scale.

Mackenzie and Erika were hired in May 2023 as Assistant Dispatchers for O&G’s aggregate and asphalt deliveries. Neither having previous experience in this field, they quickly developed an understanding of construction materials and their uses along with the complexities of O&G’s scale house operations. They have been integral to implementing XBE, O&G’s new construction logistics software.

Sue Duffy, VP, Materials Division

Tell us about your role.

Mackenzie: I currently work in central dispatch at Bogue Rd, assisting with taking orders, assigning and moving drivers, and communicating with drivers and scale houses daily. As well as helping Erika with the scale and weighing incoming and outgoing trucks.

Erika: I work as an assistant dispatcher and scale house operator in the central dispatch office. Part of my job is weighing incoming and outgoing trucks and communicating with operators. I assist with order taking, driver assignments, and movement in the XBE Software we use to manage materials, asphalt, and our internal and external trucks.

What’s most exciting or fulfilling about your role?

Mackenzie: Being in central dispatch, I communicate with others constantly, always meet new people, and learn something new, as well as making connections with others here at O&G.

Erika: I work with many individuals in various roles in the company. I learn something new every day and have met many new people along the way.

It is great to see young people enthusiastic to get into this industry!”

T.J. Oneglia, Vice President

How does O&G support you in your role?

Mackenzie: O&G supports me by valuing my ideas and listening to my suggestions when it comes to ways to improve functions in central dispatch.

Erika: The company listens to any new ideas we have in the office and gives us the chance to help make things better and easier.

What’s your advice for other women looking to enter the construction industry?

Mackenzie: Just do it. Don’t be afraid to enter a male-dominated field.

Erika: Do not let anyone tell you you can’t do it.