A serious crush: the 20 largest recycled aggregates producers in the U.S. combine to produce significant tons of material.
Producing recycled aggregates is not the sole territory of any one type of company, a survey of the concrete and asphalt crushing landscape would seem to indicate.
When researching companies to compile this list of the 20 Largest Recycled Aggregates Producers in the United States, the types of companies that made the list or were in the running include traditional aggregates powerhouses like Hanson Aggregates; demolition companies like Cherry Demolition; offshoots of excavating and site preparation companies like Independence Recycling; highway contractors and paving companies like Dykes Paving; and entrepreneurial firms that started out with a focus on concrete recycling, such as Big City Crushing Co.
Now widely practiced, the industry is still relatively young compared to some other types of recycling (metals in particular) or to the practice of quarrying.
But in the past two decades, the standard practices tide has turned away from hauling rubble to landfills as a matter of habit. Certainly, quantities of concrete and asphalt are still tipped into landfills, but contractors of all stripes are now convinced that there are sound financial reasons to hire crushing crews, or even to start up their own recycling operations or subsidiaries.
On highway, street and parking lot projects, asphalt surfacing is recycled and re-used on site. Crushed concrete can take one of several different paths, recycled either on site or offsite in a variety of size classifications for a growing number of applications.
Attempting to chart the steady growth of aggregates recycling was one of the topics addressed in a 2005 survey sponsored by the Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA), Eola, Ill.
The survey, released in early 2006, concluded that concrete and asphalt recyclers recovered as much as 140 million tons of concrete and at least 15 million tons of asphalt in 2005. According to the CMRA, this would make concrete the most recycled material in North America by weight.
The process is also an efficient one, according to the CMRA. Concrete and asphalt crushing plants recycle 99 percent of what they handle. "This report shows that, by weight, concrete is the most recycled material in the country, and the 99 percent recycling rate shows the efficiency of those plants processing it," says William Turley, executive director of the CMRA.
The survey's data was compiled by consulting firm and CMRA member Gershman, Brickner & Bratton Inc. (GBB), Fairfax, Va. "This was the first scientific attempt to determine how much concrete is recycled since [an earlier] attempt in 1997," says Turley. "At that time we estimated 107 million tons were recycled. But this review was more thorough and rigorous than our first and confirms what many C&D experts already felt: that concrete is recycled more than any other material."
The CMRA study concluded that 155 million tons of recycled aggregates are produced by the C&D recycling industry every year. This includes an estimated 130 million to 140 million tons of concrete and 15 million to 25 million tons of asphalt.
The asphalt figure does not include asphalt recycled in-place by specialized equipment used by paving contractors. That annual total is estimated at 90 million tons by the National Asphalt Pavement Association, Lanham, Md.
Identifying the companies who belong on the 20 Largest Recycled Aggregates Producers in the U.S. list presents challenges in a fast-growing and changing industry.
Defining which processes should be considered presents the first challenge. For purposes of this list, figures for asphalt that is recycled by specialized in situ paving machinery were not included. Asphalt crushed at fixed plants and portable job site units was included.
Surveying the various industry segments mentioned above (paving materials companies, highway contractors, quarrying firms, demolition contractors and the entrepreneurs who have recycled aggregates as their main business focus) to determine which are the largest and most active provided a first layer of research, followed then by making contact with the companies determined to be among the candidates.
Companies have very different policies concerning the disclosure of their business activities. Some are reluctant to provide information, and in some cases this probably led to their omission.
Our intention in putting together a list like this is purely to recognize the most successful operators in this recycling segment. We hope that owners, managers and employees of the companies that are on the list will consider it an honor. It takes hard work by a lot of people to put together winning bids, set up crushing plants, and produce marketable products.
Managers and employees of these largest companies can be proud of the mountains (of debris) that they move. We hope that our recognition of these companies will be viewed as a way to honor leadership in an industry that can provide challenges with each new project that is put on the schedule.
The tons of materials these leading companies produce can fluctuate year-to-year, depending upon the number of large projects in which a company is involved in a given calendar year.
Most observers of the industry, however, believe the trend of recycled aggregates produced should continue upward, as a variety of factors help the market for recycled concrete and asphalt, including more distant quarries, higher fuel costs and legislative bans on disposal.
Companies that recycle concrete still have the cyclical nature of the construction industry to contend with, and zoning and regulatory matters can make life difficult for even the most conscientious concrete recyclers.
But comparing this list to its predecessor list of two years ago demonstrates that concrete and asphalt recycling are on firm footing as business practices. The sound financial and operational reasons to recycle concrete and asphalt are in place, and crushing plants should remain deployed throughout North America as long as there are demolition and highway projects being undertaken.
Among the Missing?
Several companies were identified by our researchers or sources within the industry that we worked with as potentially belonging on this list.
A few of these companies responded to our inquiries but did not quite make it into the 20 Largest list--some of them just barely missed out. Among those who could make it onto future editions of the list with some corporate growth are: Cox & Floyd Grading, Greer, S.C.; Oxford Recycling, Denver; American Eagle Recycling, Cleveland; Waterway Materials LLC, Chesapeake, Va.; New England Recycling, Taunton, Mass.; Dallas Contracting Co. Inc., South Plainfield, N.J.; and Veit & Co., Rogers, Minn.
Several companies that we attempted to contact did not respond to our inquiries, and for some of these we were not able to make a reliable estimate to place them on the list. Among the companies that may well belong on this list are: Angelo lafrate Cos., Warren, Mich.; Roy Woodruff & Son, Tampa, Fla.; Granite Construction Inc., Watsonville, Calif.; Gudelsky Group/Percontee/Recovermat, Silver Springs, Md.; Tilcon, West Nyack, N.Y.; Winzinger Inc., Mount Holly, N.J.; and a Canadian contender, Lafarge North America, Toronto, Ontario.
If you work for one of these companies or know of another company that you suspect should be on this list but was not contacted (or did not respond), please let us know and we will make sure to let our readers know. Editor-in-Chief Brian Taylor can be contacted via e-mail at email@example.com or give him a call at (216) 961-4130.
LARGEST RECYCLED AGGREGATES PRODUCERS 20 LARGEST RECYCLED AGGREGATES PRODUCERS Company Company CEO or TPY of Recycled Address President Aggregates/2006 Vulcan Materials Co. Don James 3.7 million 1200 Urban Ctr. Dr., (est.) Birmingham, AL 35242 Independence Recycling Victor 3.1 million 5531 Canal Rd., Valley DiGeronimo Jr. View, OH 44125 Dykes Materials Lee Young 2.5 million 2775 Mechanicsville (VP-Materials) Rd., Norcross, GA 30071 Mulliniks Recycling Bill Mulliniks Jr. 2.5 million 5937 Soutel Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32219 Dan Copp Crushing Corp. Dan Copp 2.06 million 1300 N. Hancock St., Anaheim, CA 92807 Hanson Aggregates Dave Hummel-- 2.0 million North America West Region 8505 Freeport Pkwy., Irving, TX 75063 Intex Crushers Greg Buhl 1.85 million 13845 Northdale Blvd., Rogers, MN 55374 Recycled Materials Rick Givan 1.75 million Co. Inc. 6385 W. 52nd Ave., Arvada, CO 80002 Big City Crushed Trey Brown 1.7 million Concrete PO. Box 59831, Dallas, TX 75229 Northern Indiana Bill Critser 1.5 million Materials 9331 W. 205th Ave., Lowell, IN 46356 Ewles Materials Dave Ewles 1.5 million 16081 Construction Cir. W, Irvine, CA 92606 Southern Crushed Jim Miller 1.3 million Concrete (est.) 14329 Chrisman Rd., Houston, TX 77039 Las Vegas Paving Corp. Terry Mendenhall 1.28 million 4420 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89103 Cherry Crushed Concrete Leonard Cherry 1.0 million 4601 Holmes Rd., Houston, TX 77033 Weber Sand and Gravel Scott Weber 1.0 million Inc. (est.) 1401 E. Silverbell Rd., Lake Orion, MI 48360 Aggregate Industries Joe Hanbury 950,000 Northeast 1715 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906 Yannuzzi Group John Yannuzzi 840,000 56 Oakwood Ave., Orange, NJ 07050 Reilly Construction Robert Reilly 700,000 Co. Inc. 1675 NE 51st Ave., Des Moines, IA 50313 Ted Ondrick Adam Ondrick 660,000 Construction Co. 58 Industry Rd., Chicopee, MA 01020 Seegert Crushing Inc. Nick Seegert Jr. 600,000 585 Waynes Ridge, Camano Isl., WA 98282 Company No. of States or Regions Address Plants Served Vulcan Materials Co. 19 fixed Five different states 1200 Urban Ctr. Dr., Birmingham, AL 35242 Independence Recycling 2 fixed, Ohio; mobile crews 5531 Canal Rd., Valley 11 mobile throughout View, OH 44125 Eastern U.S. Dykes Materials 3 fixed, Southeastern U.S. 2775 Mechanicsville 3 mobile Rd., Norcross, GA 30071 Mulliniks Recycling 1 fixed, Southeastern U.S. 5937 Soutel Dr., 8 mobile Jacksonville, FL 32219 Dan Copp Crushing Corp. 6 mobile Southern California 1300 N. Hancock St., Anaheim, CA 92807 Hanson Aggregates 5 mobile California North America 8505 Freeport Pkwy., Irving, TX 75063 Intex Crushers 4 mobile Minnesota and 13845 Northdale Blvd., the Dakotas Rogers, MN 55374 Recycled Materials 3 fixed, Colorado; adjacent Co. Inc. 6 mobile states 6385 W. 52nd Ave., Arvada, CO 80002 Big City Crushed 3 fixed Texas Concrete PO. Box 59831, Dallas, TX 75229 Northern Indiana 3 fixed Indiana Materials 9331 W. 205th Ave., Lowell, IN 46356 Ewles Materials 4 fixed California 16081 Construction Cir. W, Irvine, CA 92606 Southern Crushed 9 recy. Texas Concrete locations 14329 Chrisman Rd., Houston, TX 77039 Las Vegas Paving Corp. 3 fixed, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, 4420 S. Decatur Blvd., 2 mobile California Las Vegas, NV 89103 Cherry Crushed Concrete 2 fixed, Texas, Louisiana 4601 Holmes Rd., 5 mobile Houston, TX 77033 Weber Sand and Gravel 2 fixed Michigan, Florida Inc. 1401 E. Silverbell Rd., Lake Orion, MI 48360 Aggregate Industries 2 fixed Northeastern U.S. Northeast 1715 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906 Yannuzzi Group 3 mobile New Jersey, New York, 56 Oakwood Ave., Delaware, Pennsylvania Orange, NJ 07050 Reilly Construction 1 fixed, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Co. Inc. 5 mobile Missouri, South Dakota 1675 NE 51st Ave., Des Moines, IA 50313 Ted Ondrick 3 mobile The six New England states Construction Co. 58 Industry Rd., Chicopee, MA 01020 Seegert Crushing Inc. 2 mobile Washington, Oregon, Idaho 585 Waynes Ridge, Camano Isl., WA 98282 ESTIMATED FIGURES NOT PROVIDED BY THE COMPANIES THEMSELVES ARE FOLLOWED BY (EST.)