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Concrete Recycling Took Set Materials in New Direction

Wed January 30, 2008 - Southeast Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Set Materials is always on the move.

With four locations in Florida, the concrete recycling business constantly rotates the location of its crushing operation.

Its Eagle 1400 is the primary crusher and stays in Ormond Beach with an Eagle 04 secondary crusher. But the two Eagle 1225 portable crushers move among three other locations.

With the machines, Set produces road base, No. 57, No. 67, No. 89 and 1/4-in. minus screenings, as well as RAP. Approximately 1,800 tons of material are produced each day.

Set Materials wasn’t always in the recycling business, though.

The company started in 1979 as Chip’s Dozer Service. It was founded by Chip Drewry, the father of Eric and Scott Drewry, who are presidents of Set Materials.

Initially, the company performed site preparation in South Daytona. It continued to grow and the diversification into recycling happened in 1994, with the purchase of its first crusher. In 1998, the business moved to Ormond Beach and, in 2005, it began operating in Green Cove Springs, Kissimmee and Gibsonton.

The other three sites are used to stockpile the material to be recycled. The company moves in a crusher, processes the material, and then moves the crusher to another site.

Material does not arrive at the Set locations ready for the crusher, though. It must first be broken down into a manageable size with one of six excavators equipped with a Pemberton densifier.

“We started using Pembertons about four years ago,” said Eric Drewry, “and they have proven themselves to be very good. Pemberton uses us as a test bed for their units when they develop something new.”

At minimum, the material must be reduced to either 4-ft. or 3-ft. chunks, depending on the crusher. “But it reduces wear if we break it up smaller and remove most of the rebar,” Eric said. “We use the densifiers to break it up to the size we want.”

Eric said his crews enjoy the quick coupler system on the densifiers.

“One man can change from the densifier to another attachment by himself in less than five minutes and the machine can then do something else,” he said.

Chris McGuire, operations manager in Green Cove Springs, said the densifier at his location has been at work for four years for approximately 10 hours a day.

“It has paid for itself time and again. There is very little maintenance needed — we just need to keep it greased,” McGuire said.

The Kissimmee facility is run by Danny Ward and Chris Pursley runs the Ormond Beach location.

To support the crusher, a Cat 966G moves material into place, cleans up around the site and loads out material.

Even with the new emphasis on recycling, the company still performs site work, demolition, dumpster service and custom crushing.

Set Materials is preparing to open up another location in Palatka. CEG Staff

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