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Tue June 18, 2013 - Northeast Edition
You could call it a light bulb moment.
Matt Forte and T.J. Koester realized their company, All Star Paving and Sealing, was paying to haul asphalt and concrete from some job sites and purchasing it for others. The business partners realized they needed to start recycling the asphalt and concrete they were hauling out of their job sites.
“It was really kind of a no brainer for us; we were paying money to take these materials to area recycling plants. At the same time we were purchasing road base materials from local aggregate producers or other recyclers,” said Forte.
“If we can bring torn up asphalt and concrete to our own facility, process it and re-use those same materials as a road base, saving us from buying the road base elsewhere, the savings are significant.
“As an added bonus we have started accepting asphalt and concrete from other contractors who need to get rid of it, and we have the option of selling road base materials if we produce more than we can use on our own,” Forte added.
To achieve this goal All Star Paving purchased a Rubble Master portable recycler, which it is using to process asphalt and concrete and create ¾-in. processed road base material. On top of all of the expected benefits, the material that they are making is a better quality material than they had access to in the past, according to Forte and Koester.
It also has been a huge time and fuel saver for All Star Paving as they are no longer sending their trucks to another site, waiting to get loaded and then trucking the materials back to their site.
The Rubble Master impact crusher, which was purchased from COR Equipment, Stamford, Conn., has a double deck screen. Oversized material from the first pass through the crusher is separated and conveyed back to the crusher one more time. This eliminates the need of having to run the material through a cone crusher.
“We worked with D.J. Cavaliere at COR Equipment to make this purchase,” Forte said. “COR Equipment is owned by the Cavaliere family, who is also in the paving business. They understand our needs because they are in the same business that we are. I’ve known D.J. Cavaliere for a long time and have enough respect for his opinion that when he told us about Rubble Master we had to give it serious consideration. We rented the machine three times before making the decision to buy. Today the Rubble Master gives us the capability of processing up to 300 yards of material each day.
“The service that we have received from COR Equipment has been excellent. Granted, they are not located very far away, and the Rubble Master rarely gives us issues, but when we need help the staff at COR tries to troubleshoot the issue over the telephone and if that does not work they are at our facility in no time.”
All Star Paving and Sealing
Founded in 1999 when Forte and Koester, who each have 20 years of experience in the paving and services business, joined forces, All Star Paving and Sealing’s services include asphalt paving, sealcoating, patching, curbing, crack repair, and oil and stone work. Forte handles all of the consulting and estimating while Koester manages the work force.
The company’s masonry services include Belgium block, granite curbing, pavers, concrete curbing, flagstone, brick pavers and stone wall construction. It also offers excavation services, which include drainage, utility work, site clearing and grading.
The business model has been simple. Give the client the highest quality product with a level of service that exceeds anyone else in the industry, according to Forte.
All Star Paving and Sealing’s market area is southeastern Connecticut and its customer base is working on commercial and residential clientele.
For more information, visit www.allstarpavingct.com or www.cor-equip.com.
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