In December of last year, the Dalton Asphalt Plant was shut down to be replaced. The old plant has been operating since the late 80s under Ronald Drake and has been on the books to be replaced for a few years. Ronald was promoted to foreman over the plant in 1989 and has managed it since. He has been with the company for 37 years and is receiving his first new plant, as the original Dalton plant was built with used equipment.
This past winter break, deconstruction began to move the old equipment out. The company that purchased the equipment had all of the major components removed within three weeks, which allowed our crews to begin work fresh off the winter break. Multiple concrete paving crews and one bridge crew have been dedicated to demolishing the original foundations and replacing them with all new foundations for the new equipment.
The new equipment was purchased from Astec, and equipment erection began on February 15th. While equipment has been put in place, our concrete crews have done an outstanding job preparing foundations and staying ahead of Astec’s construction crew. As of late March, all the equipment has been set, but there is still a lot of work to be done. The plant is scheduled to be operating by mid-April.
Projects like this show the continued C.W. Matthews tradition of having the best equipment and investing back in the company.