Production Kicks off with Our New Victorville Asphalt Plant!
April 4, 2008
By Andy Probert
Our journey began in the summer of 2005 when the City of Victorville approached us with the possibility of the railroad wanting to bring a rail line through the middle of our Victorville plant. After about a year of negotiations with the City we finally agreed on the terms and began orchestrating a game plan. We weighed the options of moving our old plant or buying a new plant and after considering all options we decided on a new Astec Double Rap asphalt plant. The Astec plant has a production capacity of 400 tons per hour and three 200 ton silos. This plant will allow us to service multiple jobs and small pick-up customers at the same time.
In October 2007, we started excavation of the site by removing 190,000 cubic yards of dirt to prepare for our underground crews to start their work. On January 28, 2008 Astec started erecting our new plant. Meeting the March 31st deadline was quite a challenge; to meet this deadline we had several sub contractors working side by side. Two of my biggest challenges were keeping the subcontractors out of each other’s way and most importantly not losing any production. After two months of long days we were able to meet our deadline and make asphalt by 9pm on March 31. One of my happier moments to say the least!
At the beginning of this project Ray Sanchez & I lost our office when the old batch plant was knocked down. Not to worry, Mohave Equipment, one of our neighbors, was kind enough to let us set up office in an old caboose right down the street in their equipment yard. It's very quaint and doing the job but we can't wait until our new office arrives!