While traditional plants often highlight the number of yards per hour they can batch, you don’t hear much about their recharge capacity. That’s one of the first things you’ll hear Steve Lode, President of National Ready Mix, point out.
“The really unique factor about this facility is its ability to recharge materials faster than we can batch them,” says Lode. “We can batch at full production for multiple days on end and finish at the end of day with the plant full of materials, ready for the next day,” he says.
Sam Hild, National’s Operations Manager, says: “With a typical plant you would be able to do 300 yards an hour for three or four hours, but at some point, you run out of material. You have to catch up and replenish your bins. This plant should be able to operate at max capacity for an unlimited amount of time.”
Scott Humphrey, of Dave Humphrey Enterprises, Inc (DHE), worked closely with National Ready Mix's management team. He brought DHE's 40 years of knowledge and success to the project. "We met several times with the operational management side of National Ready Mix," says Humphrey. "From their specific input, we were able to basically come up with the design and configuration of the plant keeping flexibility and future mix designs in consideration."
National's Operations Manager Sam Hild was present during the initial design phase. "When we were designing the plant, I think the major focus was on having the most amount of storage capacity and throughput capacity that we could," he says. "So the plant is designed with a lot more capacity than our normal plants."
if you look across downtown Los Angeles, you’ll find a skyline filled with construction cranes. The 21st century version of downtown LA (DTLA to locals) is in the midst of a busy urban renewal, reversing the city’s long, slow trend of suburban sprawl. All this construction requires vast amounts of concrete and, thanks to LA’s strict seismic and building code requirements, not just any concrete will do. That’s where National Ready Mix’s new Vernon operation comes in.
Steve Lode, President of National Ready Mix, says the new “mega-plant” has a number of unique capabilities to keep up with the city’s vertical growth. “We can handle and store up to 10 different cementitious materials in separate silos and batch them at full production,” says Lode.
“Having the ability to combine up to five different cementitious materials into any one mix is possible, and though it seems pretty far-reaching in today’s market, mixes containing three and even four cementitious products are already being tested in our laboratory.”