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Donation from SGI funds benches at Monterey Pass Battlefield Park

Donation from SGI funds benches at Monterey Pass Battlefield Park

SGI's donation to Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield helped fund benches that will be placed along the battlefield trail.
Specialty Granules LLC donated funds to the Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield, which were used to purchase six benches that have been placed along the battlefield trail. Pictured at left are John Gorman and Lee Royer with the Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield. At right is SGI Charmian Plant Manager Justin Bushneck.


Just in time for peak season at Monterey Pass Battlefield Park, six new benches have been placed along the battlefield’s walking trail so visitors can take periodic breaks from discovering the Civil War battle that took place July 4 and 5, 1863, during the retreat from Gettysburg.

The benches were purchased by the Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield with funds donated by Specialty Granules LLC.

SGI’s Charmian stone quarry, located near the Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum, produces roofing granules for shingles; aggregates for construction; and fines repurposed for soil fortification in farming.

“For close to 100 years, SGI’s Charmian plant has mined rock and provided area residents with consistent employment they can rely on,” said Plant Manager Justin Bushneck of Waynesboro. “One of our priorities is to be a good neighbor to the communities that surround us and to support the important work of local organizations like the Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield.”

Lee Royer, chairman, for the Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield said SGI has supported efforts at the park and Visitor’s Center since its inception.

“SGI has worked with us from the very beginning with shingles on the roof of our Visitor’s Center and various other donations to enhance our battlefield area. We want to thank SGI for the donation of the benches. We appreciate this donation and their continued support,” said Royer.