A Plant Grows Near the 'Burgh

Looking Back at an Air Force Base Runway Expansion in the 1950s

Tue September 20, 2016 - Northeast Edition #19
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George M. Brewster & Son Inc. of Bogota, N.J., held a $16.7 million contract to build an 11,000 ft. (3,353 m) long runway at the Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, N.Y. The project contained 8 million cu. yds. (6 million cu m) of excavation handled by three BV loader spreads and fourteen scrapers. The earthmoving operations were undertaken 20 hrs. a day, 6 days a week. At peak production Brewster's men and equipment moved 50,000 cu. yds. (38, 227 cu m) of dirt a day during 1957.

Goodyear Collection photo
A Euclid TC-12 crawler tractor draws a Euclid BV belt loader to fill a fleet of Euclid bottom dumps.
Goodyear Collection photo A Euclid TC-12 crawler tractor draws a Euclid BV belt loader to fill a fleet of Euclid bottom dumps.

Edgar Browning Collection photo
Another view of one of the Euclid BV loaders filling bottom dumps. A Caterpillar D8 tractor is pushing the belt loader to boost production rates.
Edgar Browning Collection photo Another view of one of the Euclid BV loaders filling bottom dumps. A Caterpillar D8 tractor is pushing the belt loader to boost production rates.

A Caterpillar DW-21 scraper being push loaded with a Caterpillar D8 bulldozer. A fighter jet soars above the AFB.
A Caterpillar DW-21 scraper being push loaded with a Caterpillar D8 bulldozer. A fighter jet soars above the AFB.

One of the many Euclid belly dumps unloads base material.
One of the many Euclid belly dumps unloads base material.