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A serious crush: the 20 largest recycled aggregates producers in the U.S. combine to produce significant tons of material.

From interstate highway projects to the demolition of large stadiums and factories, the recycling of concrete and asphalt at these sites has become standard practice, keeping a growing number of companies busy in the pursuit of creating recycled aggregate products.

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 btaylor@gie.net 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

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