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www.rockproducts.com ROCK products • September 2017 • 21 operators were washing material in two different locations of the quarry and relying heavily on trucks to haul material from spot to spot. It just made no sense. It wasn't cost effective; it wasn't environmentally friendly." Kraemer needed an all-inclusive plant that would incor- porate dry screening, crushing, conveying and washing, all located at the floor of the quarry. Finding a Project Partner To pull the project off cost effectively Kraemer, "needed to have a company that would provide design and engineering services, construction services and quality fabrication," said Rivisto. The company's options were limited as they tried to find a manufacturer that wouldn't require them to hire outside engineering services. Kraemer considered three major vendors for the proj- ect including Superior Industries, a manufacturer of bulk material processing and handling equipment. Quarry Super- intendent Mike Strom met with Jason Adams, vice president of Systems at Superior. Together, they visited Trap Rock & Granite Quarries south of St. Louis to see a construction proj- ect that Superior had completed in January of 2016. Superior had engineered, manufactured, delivered and installed 90 percent of the equipment for the Trap Rock project. During the trip, Strom was convinced that Superior would be a good company to partner with. "I knew that Superior was the company we needed to work with because they did a good job handling everything and you could tell if there was an issue, they'd get it done fast," he said. Adams' 20-plus years of industry experience helped seal the deal for both Strom and Rivisto. "Jason knew exactly what we needed to do," said Strom. "We had a fairly long history with Superior," said Rivisto. "We wanted to work with a company that one, we had a history with, two, we felt very confident that they'd be able to meet our needs, both in the quality, the design, field service and certainly quality of fabrication and the schedule." Edmunds and Rivisto laid out a timeline for the project, scheduling installation from late October 2016 with a com- pletion goal of mid-March 2017. Pre-install preparation would be necessary in order to complete the required fab- rication during those five months set aside for the project. Superior and Kraemer worked together through the summer and fall months to complete the conceptual drawings, concept of operations and electrical plans. By the time Kraemer's crew unplugged in October, the foundations were set for a success- ful project. Rivisto recalled, "Superior had folks on site, we had

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