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According to PK Crushing’s Tim Perrin, his father, Charlie Perrin began Perrin Asphalt in 1963 as a part time business to help support his growing family. At his wife’s suggestion, he started the new asphalt sealing company serving Northeast Ohio customers out of his pickup truck.
The new business fit well but didn’t compete with his full time job at an asphalt paving company that didn’t offer sealing services.
Soon the business grew into a full time business and eventually it added asphalt paving, resurfacing and concrete paving services. Still very much a family business, Perrin Asphalt now has more than 80 employees, 15 of whom represent three generations of the Perrin family.
The company’s customers now range from homeowners to municipalities and commercial business operations.
Perrin Asphalt has long been involved with its own environmental conservation efforts, recycling its office paper and cardboard as well as heating its building with oil replaced from its trucks.
Perrin Asphalt participates in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program — a point based rating system that provides third party validation and verification of a given project’s environmental benefits.
As an extension of that concern and in the interest in developing a use for the tons of concrete and asphalt removed from work sites and otherwise destined for a landfill, in 2008 it launched PK Crushing.
PK Crushing now provides complete concrete and asphalt recycling services that include demolition and removal as well as on-site crushing and recycling. The company recycles 100 percent of the asphalt and concrete removed from its work sites and accepts materials from other contractors in northeast Ohio as well.
Sixty percent of the product it produces is used on its own projects. The materials are used as aggregate for new roads, parking lots, driveways, patios and other construction projects.
Dedicated to recycling, Tim Perrin explained that the company often holds seminars for engineers and architects to get them involved with writing the materials into their specs.
A year and a half ago, the company moved from a 3-acre location to its current location, a 25-acre facility.
In 2009, the company processed 70,000 tons (63,502 t) of recycled material and it anticipates a production of 100,000 tons (90,718 t) this year. On average it will process from 12 to 1,500 tons (10.8 to 1,360 t) a day.
As well as more overall volume, PK Crushing also is looking to produce a greater variety of materials. It had been using another screener but to reach its goals it decided it was time to bring in a machine that could deliver improved production and better materials.
Perrin explained that they are constantly striving to make the cleanest product it can, so after meeting with Rob Armbruster of Ohio’s Powerscreen Dealer, AGGCORP, the company set up tours of several area businesses currently running Powerscreen Warrior 1800s. Perrin was impressed with the Warrior’s performance at one facility that was taking in rough material and pushing out clean product from all three sides of the machine. In fact, PK Crushing purchased its own Powerscreen Warrior 1800 in August.
“We considered other screening plant manufacturers and distributors but felt that the powerful combination of Powerscreen Warrior being the best machine and the level of service we receive from AGGCORP’s, our choice was clear,” Perrin explained.
The Powerscreen Warrior 1800 screens and splits up to three material sizes and offers an optional radial fines conveyor. With an output potential of up to 500 tons (453 t) per hour, Perrin is confident the Powerscreen Warrior 1800 is capable of handling his company’s recycling needs.
Perrin is especially impressed with the machine’s mobility and flexibility, explaining that it can go from screening stone to topsoil in 10 minutes.
Perrin also is pleased with the service PK Crushing received from AGGCORP’s Armbruster and AGGCORP President Sean McIvor, saying that their knowledge and customer service are outstanding.
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