Aggregates Manager

August 2014

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AGGREGATES MANAGER August 2014 28 California producer leverages crushing and screening investment to take on a new market niche. F orestville, Calif.-based Canyon Rock is a family-owned company with a reputation for operating with optimal efficiency, but it took an interesting path into the aggregates business. Quarrying began as a sideline to its dairy business, which goes back approximately 70 years and several generations. From a small quarry on the dairy farm, the Trappe family hauled occasional truckloads of rock to larger quarry companies. In 1972, the family began digging rock seriously when it bought an operating quarry near Forestville. The quarry is a full-service operation featuring a complete line of aggregate and recycled material, and an auxiliary division offering ready-mix and concrete products. The company is now owned by Wendell Trappe and his sons, Jonathan and James. Together, they comprise its second and third generations of leader- ship. Earlier this year, Canyon Rock took another leap forward as it acquired a second quarry and entered the rip rap market to provide stone for the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit project, a 70-mile- long rail and bikeway crossing the region. Purchasing the Cazadero quarry instantly created a need for a machine that could produce rip rap. Family patriarch Wendell had a long-standing re- lationship with Allis-Chalmers aggregate equipment and considered them "good crushers." The family followed the brand through various acquisitions. It had purchased a Svedala H4800 cone crusher and a Sandvik CH 660 cone from local dealer ACS. As it looked for a primary crusher that could han- dle heavy-duty quarrying applications, it considered the Sandvik UJ440i mobile jaw crusher. "The UJ440i is a step up," says Jonathan. "The chassis, the frame, the belt — everything is stur- dier. We were looking for something that would last a lot longer than a regular contractor's primary The 243 Complex consists of 243 Lime, a pulverized (or fine grind) limestone operation; 243 Quarry, a crushed limestone operation that, among its traditional rock markets, supplies high-calcium limestone to its sister operation, 243 Lime; and hundreds of acres of additional reserves that will ensure that the facility is producing high quality limestone for decades into the future. Ready for Rip Rap

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