In June 2013, Posillico Materials announced the unveiling of their new rail siding and materials transfer depot in Farmingdale, New York. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place to showcase this and other energy saving and carbon reduction measures in the completion of phase one of this major capital project in conjunction with the Town of Babylon Industrial Development Association.
The project completion enables most of the materials that are required for asphalt production to be shipped via rail rather than truck. The new rail system and improved plant layout reduces fugitive dust and also eliminates 5,000 truck trips from local streets and highways annually. These changes result in reduced net fuel consumption and less CO2 emissions.
Astec Industries has been working with Posillico's engineering and material experts since 1971 to help lead the region with asphalt recycling technologies and other beneficial reuses of materials that would otherwise require landfilling as waste. Astec's vice president of national accounts Gail Mize said, "This recent expansion into receiving aggregates by rail will remove a considerable amount of traffic from the roads and goes far to demonstrate how good a neighbor Posillico is for the citizens of Babylon Township. Removing traffic count from the roads is always a good thing for the public, but is seldom possible."BACK TO ISSUE
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