March 13, 2013
Back in 2007, I made a visit to Hanson’s Bridgeport Quarry (now Lehigh Hanson), which is located about a stone’s throw (literally) from Chico, Texas. It was only the second time I had visited an aggregates plant, as I was then working full-time on Better Roads, a sister magazine, and only writing for Aggregates Manager occasionally.
Hanson had just upgraded the entire quarry operation. It was considered to be the most highly automated plant of that time and was on everyone’s radar scope. Producers across the country were watching to see if Hanson’s big investment would pay off.
I was ushered around the quarry and processing plant and shown all the new, high-tech automation equipment that had been installed. I must say, it was a thoroughly impressive operation, but one thing really made me do a double-take — and made me chuckle. It looked like someone had yelled “circle the trucks.”
It was lunchtime at the quarry, and everything had come to a stop. In this picture, you can see how the haul trucks, some empty and some full, had circled up at the ‘watering hole’ to chow down. The small building where everyone was having lunch was completely dwarfed by the huge haul trucks.
Come on, am I the only one thinking that it looks like that poor little guy is about to get trounced by the big guys? I guess you had to be there…