Concrete Products

NOV 2018

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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Page 51 of 66 November 2018 • 47 COVER STORY FTC AGGREGATE SUPPLY FTC Aggregate Supply tests Truck #135 at the Reliable Contracting sand pit and rock depot in Gambrills, Md. Beyond Cummins X15 power, the Peterbilt 389 Extended Hood model with J&J alumi- num dump body has an 18-speed Eaton transmission, plus 20K front, 46K tan- dem and 20K pusher axles. J&J protects the bed with aggregate-grade DuraPro (right) from Linings Inc. FLEETING INTEREST Truck #135 is a bold statement on the FTC Aggregate fleet evolution. The business was launched in 2003 to serve the crews of a family flagship business, Ferguson Trenching Co. "We were a typical under- ground utility contractor with three or four dump trucks," Jeff Ferguson recalls. "On many jobs, crews were idled because we didn't have enough truck capacity, or couldn't rely on larger contract haulers to keep to a schedule. "We had enough connections to land delivery work to supplement our own trucking needs, and started FTC Aggre- gate Supply with an eight-truck fleet. We didn't need to focus too much on build- ing the business for the first four or five years, but then began hauling for public and private customers. We are now up to 30 trucks and about 75 percent of volume is for outside accounts." The fleet serves the Baltimore to Washington D.C. metro market, along with eastern and southern Maryland. Regular aggregate hauling schedules include sand deliveries to Martin Mar- ietta quarries in western Maryland, from which blue rock is back hauled to metro area plants or job sites. Truck #135 has been joined this year with two other, more conventional Peterbilt 367-mounted dumps. FTC Aggregate Supply is also upgrading fleet manage- ment with a Command Alkon Apex 4 to TrackIt and HaulIt migration.

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