Unfortunately, endless waiting isn't the only frustrating aspect. First, there's the actual cost of the asphalt, something the receiving companies can't control. Then there's the loss of productivity the crew experiences while they have to wait for asphalt to be delivered to the site.
PLANT MATTERS Profiting from producing Adding or expanding asphalt production may produce quick ROI T om Petty got it right with some waiting of its own. After all, be delivered to the site. his lyrics, “The waiting is work can’t progress without the hot And there’s the inconvenience of the hardest part.” And while mix, so the crew is stalled until the having to travel miles away from the his song may not have been truck arrives. Yes, when it comes to site just to get to the nearest asphalt speaking directly to asphalt paving, the waiting is indeed the plant. Finally, don’t forget the costs paving contractors, any company that hardest part. associated with having multiple receives hot mix asphalt from a com- Unfortunately, endless waiting asphalt transportation trucks. petitor’s plant knows it’s the truth. isn’t the only frustrating aspect. First, While all of this may be frustrat- The truck driver must wait, some- there’s the actual cost of the asphalt, ing, does it justify purchasing an time for hours, to receive the hot mix. something the receiving companies asphalt plant? It’s a serious purchase Then he must make the trip back to can’t control. Then there’s the loss of that requires serious thought. Sev- the worksite, which could be several productivity the crew experiences eral factors need to be considered miles away, where the crew is doing while they have to wait for asphalt to when deciding if owning an asphalt 50 asphalt contractor • June/July 2009 Market characteristics new producer will need to estab- Perhaps the first factor that should lish trucking provisions to transport be looked into is the market size. material from the plant to the jobsite Not only should one determine the if it hasn’t already been set up. total amount of asphalt being used, One final factor that will impact but potential customers who could the location of the plant is the type drive the demand up should also be of plant that will eventually be pur- considered. chased. Plants are either portable or
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