- An 8' " diameter skidded insulated Ultradrum dryer/mixer fired by an Ultra oil/gas burner
- Five 10' x 14' cold feed bins equipped with two bin vibrators, 30" x 7' 6" feeders and a 30" collector conveyor
- An 8' x 14' skidded series IV recycle bin with 3' x 12' feeder
- A 50' x 10' Deister double deck aggregate vibrating screen set up in with total remote bypass
- A 4' x 8' Diester single deck recycle vibrating screen
- A 20" x 70' skidded recycle scale conveyor
- A 50,000-cfm skidded baghouse with 10,160 square feet of cloth providing a 4,921:1 air-to-cloth ratio
- Four 200-ton stationary silos with safety gates
- A 300 tph by 81' slat conveyor with cleanout and reject chute
- Two 30,000-gallon indirect fired AC vertical storage tanks
- A HYGCO-200 Gencor hot oil Hy-Way heater
- A 12' x 36' skidded operator's control center equipped with Ultralogik process and loadout control, and Gen III burner control
The other thing that impressed Kresnak was the ease of operation.
"The Ultradrum (counterflow system) is very simple to operate and we were not pressured to add equipment that we really couldn't justify with the size of our operation," Kresnak says. "We decided not to add the early-entry RAP (reclaimed asphalt pavement) feature because we just couldn't justify the additional $100,000 for that option.
"We're currently using approximately 30% RAP in commercial base course mixes and 20 % in commercial surface course mixes, and the system handles those types of mixes well with the early entry system," he continues. "We're also currently producing approximately 1,000 tons per day and the setup we have is delivering what we need without additional options. If we need to make some changes down the road, we can."
Since Superior Asphalt is a full-service contractor, the ability to control all aspects of a project from excavation, site prep, and final paving, it's easier to control how the plant is operated to meet the specific needs of a project. The milling capabilities Superior Asphalt can provide also allows the asphalt producer/contractor to generate the RAP it needs, control the quality of its RAP stockpiles, and eventually add what a specific project will permit.
For Kresnak and the rest of his associates at Superior Asphalt, the new plant signifies the commitment made to continue growing. With approximately $3 million invested in the new plant and another $3 million to develop the site, Kresnak says he's exactly right where he wants to be.
"We know our market and what our customers want, and we are absolutely convinced we can deliver," Kresnak states. "Eighty percent of our current plant production supports the projects of our two paving crews, but we have the capacity to increase production to meet the needs of our retail customers. And, once we have a new testing lab installed at our facility, we'll be able to pursue more DOT work."