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44 • August 2019 PIVOTAL RELATIONSHIPS Ernst Concrete arrived in the south Atlanta market on the strength of sound management planning, customer relationships and company culture. The College Park plant is located on a leased plot at the Luck Stone Atlanta-Stephens Quarry, source of manufactured sand plus #57, #67 and #89 rock. The producer sited the plant at the urging of former quarry owner John D. Stephens, best known for water and sewer construction in Gwinnett County, and throughout the South- east and Texas. "We have had a good relationship with Stephens Industries LP," explains Scott Ovenshire. "John D. Stephens approached us because he wanted a family-run business like ours to operate in his quarry. He prepared the College Park site near a good entry point for mixers and haulers, and turned it over to us in March 2018. We were running four months later." Stephens, whose family had transferred the underground-con- struction flagship business to an Employee Ownership Stock Plan, was not done dealing after Ernst Concrete started loading concrete at College Park. He saw 2108 as an appropriate time to exit crushed stone, his favored side business, and approached an admired peer— and the industry's top independent producer—about expanding its footprint in the South. The College Park quarry became the largest investment to date for Richmond, Va.-based Luck Companies, which has rebranded the site while maintaining the Stephens link. Luck Stone has brought information technology savvy to the crushed stone operation and equipped its ready mixed producer tenant with tools to improve stockpile replenishment, quality control and back office functions. "They have taken the quarry to another level," Ovenshire affirms. Ernst Concrete handles transfer of the four fine and coarse grades from its neighbor. Natural sand, required on certain orders, is trucked from outside the market. Dump and tanker trucks entering the College Park property share a wide, common entry with concrete mixers, but see their paths diverge past the gate—materials right, concrete trucks left. "We laid the yard out to eliminate mixer traffic crossing or intertwining with tankers and haulers," Ovenshire explains. "Mixer trucks have ample staging and parking areas, and the alleys have large digital signs to alert drivers when it's time to load." Vince Hagan Co. customized the twin alley plant with 250 tons of aggregate storage in a five-compartment bin, fed by four 30-in. x 125-ft. conveyors. A specialty material hopper functions as a sixth bin by directly charging into the aggregate batcher and affords added flexibility for out of the ordinary mix designs. Twin silos—one split 50/50, the other 60/40—each have 1,200-bbl. capacity and store cementitious materials from Lehigh Hanson and other suppliers. COVER STORY BY DON MARSH Observing efficiency and safety at Georgia installations prior to College Park, Ernst Concrete has standardized the Load and Go au- tomated truck wash system. Shumaker Industries programs and outfits the rack so operators can customize wash cycles and spray patterns according to truck type.

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