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Martin Paving Gets Great Results With Blaw-Knox Unit

Wed August 02, 2000 - Northeast Edition
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Martin Paving, Ephrata, PA, relies heavily on a combination of Blaw-Knox laydown machines and its highly skilled men to maintain a hard-earned reputation. The company paves many roads and streets in new private subdivisions. These jobs cannot be taken lightly, said Jerold Martin, vice president, Martin Paving.

In fact, Blaw-Knox pavers have been an important part of the company’s equipment spread since they bought their first, a used PF-65, back in 1979.

When Martin recently purchased a new Blaw-Knox PF-3172 paver, the company knew they had made the right decision.

“The recent acquisition of a new Blaw-Knox PF-3172 paver was, for us, far more than just the purchase of another in a long line of Blaw-Knox asphalt pavers we have owned,” said Martin. “The purchase exemplified our commitment to quality, safety and teamwork. Over the years Martin Paving has owned and operated half a dozen different Blaw-Knox machines.”

As an integral part of the paving crew the new PF-3172 will help the company with its goals.

The company philosophy, as stated by Jerold Martin, has been to combine experienced and highly skilled paving crews with only the best paving equipment for a particular application. This is done in order to produce an unmatched team that produces only the highest quality asphalt paving projects. These have been a hallmark of the contractor noted for its meticulous work throughout the heart of the Amish Country.

It is company doctrine that there are no unnecessary members on a Martin asphalt crew. The makeup of a typical subdivision paving crew has only a paver operator, two roller operators, two screedmen and a laborer. Jerold Martin pointed out that every one of their own truck drivers understands his responsibility to assist the asphalt crew whenever they need help with handwork.

In conjunction with this, it should be noted that one of the reasons Martin continually upgrades its Blaw-Knox pavers is to take advantage of every opportunity to lessen the amount of handwork that a project requires. The new PF-3172 has both the power extendible Omni III screed and the power extendible augers.

“Almost every asphalt contractor today has the power extendible screed. Not all that many appear to get the power extendible augers. The PF-3172 is our third Blaw-Knox paver to be so equipped. We find that this feature gives us a more uniform mat while again reducing handwork for the crew,” said Martin.

“The investment of time and money, for us, has proven to be well worth it. Once our guys learn what they are doing with them, they would be lost without the power augers. Things have changed a lot, as far as what the new pavers are capable of, since I started in this business. The name of the game today is to avoid as much of the physical work in paving as possible,” said Martin.

Martin Paving Inc. was formed in 1974 when Leon Martin asked his three sons; Jerold, Leon Roy and Galen, if they would form a company, and all go into the hot mix asphalt paving business.

(This article appears courtesy of Blaw-Knox.)

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