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OCT 2014

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Page 22 of 67 ROCK products • OCTOBER 2014 21 anywhere from 20,000 to 35,000 tons of material for Riverside to crush and sort. Meanwhile, its customer base has be‐ come substantial enough to keep the traveling RDS‐15 away from home year‐ round. The company travels through areas along the North Carolina coast and repeats the route each year. The RDS‐15's closed‐circuit design makes it ideal for the road. Because the machine incorporates both a screener and a crusher, there's little need to pur‐ chase or haul a screener separately when the Riverside crew hits the road. Still, even though most traveling takes place near home, Norris still is asked whether hauling a crushing unit from site to site is a hassle. "No, it's not a hassle," Norris said. "The bottom line is this plant is the whole kit and caboodle on one chassis. We can drag it down the road, pull into a customer's site and set up. We don't have to haul the crusher with one truck and a screen with another. It's all right there together." The traveling crew recognizes the im‐ portance of this, as the RDS unit is just a portion of the traveling operation. With all of the conveyors, excavators and other equipment, the crew has to transport a total of nine loads of equip‐ ment in and out of each job. One load fewer is something the team embraces, and the savings show. Rise Above Norris said he's fortunate to have taken the plunge when he did, just when demand for asphalt was intensi‐ fying and the economy was taking a turn for the worst. The journey through diversification isn't one that will end soon. Rather, taking a chance and looking for new, more profitable opportunities made for a more suc‐ cessful company overall. E The crushing plant's Rapid Deployment System (RDS) makes the unit exceptionally portable, not to mention quick and easy to set up – key benefits if the Riverside crew were to take the unit on the road.

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