Hello. Let me introduce myself. I’m Chris Frost, and since April 2016, I’ve been honored to be vice president, sales, at Astec, Inc.
While I’m new to this position, I’ve been at Astec for approximately 18 years, starting as a sales coordinator then moving to inside sales manager. Most recently, I had the good fortune to serve the great customers of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia as regional sales manager. I’ve been lucky to build many great friendships through my work at Astec. I’ll miss the day-to-day interaction with my customers, but I look forward to making many more friends as I support the Astec sales team while they take care of Astec customers operating around the globe.
Busy Year for Astec
Astec is fortunate to be having one of its busiest years, which looks to continue into 2017. With the passage of the FAST Act in December 2015, a lot of pent up demand finally broke free. This was very good news for our industry. Thankfully, this also means plenty of work for us.
Wood Pellet Production
In addition to an abundance of asphalt plant work, the Astec entry into the wood pellet production market has been very well received. Pieces for a plant sold to Highland Pellets in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, is currently in our shop and being shipped to the customer for set up.
New Manufacturing Bay
To meet demand for both pellet plants and asphalt plants, work is underway at our Chattanooga, Tennessee, manufacturing facility on a new bay. The 24,780-square-foot addition is designed for manufacturing equipment used for Astec wood pellet plants. With the additional capacity provided by this new bay, Astec will be well positioned to take on the additional work.
Finally, I also want to acknowledge the thriving Astec parts business. Parts play a key role in providing the renowned Astec customer service. There has been a tremendous growth in parts over the last few years due to the work of a great team of individuals dedicated to meeting customer demand.
I’m very excited to be here, serving all the many Astec customers. These are exciting times for our industry and exciting times for us at Astec as we grow to meet your needs.