Investment in a new technologically advanced concrete plant has a Carson Hill contractor eyeing big projects and adding jobs.
The 20-foot-tall plant at Carson Hill Rock Products south of Angels Camp is Caltrans-certified, which allows the company to bid projects like the upcoming Highway 108 bypass extension in East Sonora, the new courthouse and jail being built in San Andreas and the Tuolumne County Law and Justice Center, said dispatcher Pete Hill. It began operation almost eight weeks ago.
“It was manual and we upgraded to a computer system,” Hill said of the plant purchased, disassembled and brought over from Bishop in June to be re-assembled. “Because it’s Caltrans-specified, we can do any state job.”
The company previously bought a smaller, portable concrete plant to assist with a large project in Angels Camp, Hill said.
“Once local people started to find out we had concrete, they started calling,” he said.
Demand kept increasing and Carson Hill, owned by Brad and Mark Sutton, decided it “could just amble along or go the full deal,” Hill said.
The new plant was purchased for between $400,000 and $500,000, Hill said, and the company is hiring new concrete truck drivers to meet the demands of increased production.
It used to take 15 to 20 minutes to fill a truck with the smaller plant, and that time has been cut down to seven minutes.
There are plans to add more sales and quality control staff “down the line,” too, he said.
Producing its own sand and rock on site helps Carson Hill keep its operation consistent, efficient and competitive by price, Hill said.
“We’re comparable with anyone who’s out there right now. I don’t think there’s really any particularly good time to jump into this sort of a deal,” Hill said. “You’ve got to put your head down and go for it sometimes.”
The company has retained its smaller, portable plant and can take it out to a job site if the project demands it, Hill said.
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