VOL 18 ISSUE #2
Hoover, Inc.'s 7 ft (2.13 m) Astec Double Barrel® plant

You can't miss the Omaha Orange blazing the skyline in Lebanon, Tennessee. The brilliant orange hue is the signature color of Hoover, Inc., and adorns all of the components of its new hot-mix asphalt plant.

The Early Days

The Omaha Orange paint color stems from Tom Hoover, Jr.'s great grandfather Ephriam Hoover, Sr. Ephriam ran a motor freight company and the orange color was on all the trucks. Ephriam continued the use of the color when he started his crushed stone business. He expanded into ready-mix concrete, hot-mix asphalt, and grading (construction in general). Even after the passing of Ephriam in 1979, the company remains family-owned and operated. Through the years, the company has delivered on its dedication to provide quality product. With devoted employees (some spanning employment over decades), the operations still focus on crushed stone and asphalt.

With a portable plant, Hoover, Inc. is able to bid on projects otherwise passed over; portability is an added benefit.

New and Efficient

The 7 ft (2.13 m) portable Astec Double Barrel® plant has been in operation since December 2012. It's not the only Astec plant that Hoover, Inc. has in operation.

"We've been impressed with Astec since our introduction in the early 2000's," said Tom Hoover, Jr., assistant construction manager with Hoover, Inc. "Astec's reliable service and top-quality product led us to purchase a new plant; it's a relationship that has served us well."

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Set up of the plant was smooth. Calibrating and troubleshooting the plant with PMIII controls took a bit longer. An Astec technician stayed over a period of three months to ensure operations were functioning at peak performance and the crew overcame the learning curve of the new plant. The Hoover, Inc. plant was one of the first plants to have the PMIII controls in use.

"Once the guys had the controls figured out, they loved the functionality and ease of use for plant operations," said Hoover. "Having on-site Astec training was a plus."

Hoover, Inc. has three asphalt plants located within quarry sites in Tennessee, which are able to provide competitive prices on quality hot-mix asphalt.

Perks of Portability

The Hoover, Inc. plant is outfitted with an Astec warm mix system. According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDPT), 10 to 35 percent of fractionated recycle is allowed in mixes. Producing 250 to 300 TPH (226 to 272 MTPH), Hoover, Inc. is supplying material for I-40 in Wilson County and a TDOT job (State Route 141).

"Having the portable plant gives us the flexibility to bid on more projects," said Hoover. "The ability to move when we need to and the added efficiency of the Double Barrel® drum and the Phoenix® Talon burner set us up for success."

  • Hoover, Inc.'s 7 ft (2.13 m) Astec Double Barrel® plant uses the PMIII controls and features a portable 10 ft x 14 ft (3.05 m x 4.27 m) five-bin cold feed system.

  • Hoover, Inc.'s 7 ft (2.13 m) Astec Double Barrel® plant uses the PMIII controls and features a portable 10 ft x 14 ft (3.05 m x 4.27 m) five-bin cold feed system.

  • Hoover, Inc. has a 400 ton (362 tonne) New Generation Storage System with two 200-ton (181 tonne) silos, and an Astec warm mix system with a Phoenix® Talon burner.

  • Hoover, Inc. has a 400 ton (362 tonne) New Generation Storage System with two 200-ton (181 tonne) silos, and an Astec warm mix system with a Phoenix® Talon burner.

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