And its Greensboro Corp. subsidiary manufactures and distributes a fast-setting, innovative flowable fill granular material that can be paved on in 30 minutes, called Flash Fill. It's used for utility cut repair and has the advantage of being easily excavated at any point.
Via its Apple-Smith subsidiary, Decker sells hot mix asphalt all year around, including the dead of winter, the only such plant open during the winter. "We produce asphalt in a limited way," Smith says. "We have a small batch plant — a one-ton plant — that we use for our specialty purposes, such as our patching operation, which has long-term contracts with the local utilities to do utility cut restoration. But as a result, we are the only plant in the Midwest, I think, that is open in the wintertime. We're open 365 days a year, and it enables us to do cut restoration without having to use cold patch, and having to come back and re-excavate it later. Instead we can do a permanent patch, whenever it needs to be done."
For peak season work, Decker obtains hot mix asphalt (HMA) from a variety of local providers. "Their plants are larger and more efficient than ours," Smith says. "We lay anywhere from 300,000 to 400,000 tons per year through three or four paving crews."