News from Peckham

Peckham Industries Load Tracker Tool Provides Real-Time Trucking Information to Customers

Once again leading in the industry, Peckham Industries, Inc. is offering real-time loadout information delivered directly to smart phones via LoadTracker. This load tracking tool works with any web browser.

Load foremen, superintendents, and operators can get the up-to-the-minute trucking information they need to keep projects on schedule. They can skip the hourly calls to the plant with this widely adopted, well-received tool. Customers should contact their Peckham salesman, scalehouse clerk, or plant operator to get a custom access code to use Peckham’s LoadTracker service on their next project from Peckham’s plants.

The real-time load tracking information provided includes job codes, truck number, driver name, departure time, load quantity, daily cumulative quantity, and round trip minutes. Each time the screen is pulled down, the information is refreshed for the latest data.

Peckham Industries, Inc. Acquires Massachusetts-Based Palmer Paving Corp.

Peckham Industries, Inc. announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Palmer Paving Corp., a heavy highway construction and materials business based in Palmer, Massachusetts. Palmer’s operations, seasoned business management team, and more than 150 talented employees will remain intact and will provide Peckham with expanding business opportunities in the region. Together, the companies will optimize the synergies that exist between them.

“Early on in our discussions, we saw that our business values aligned. We’re enthusiastic and excited about the possibilities for growth and continued prosperity in the region,” stated John R. Peckham, President of Peckham Industries, Inc. “Both companies are committed to empowering their employees to continuously experiment, innovate and improve our operational efficiency and safety.”

“We know that the Peckham group will enhance our business operations and provide great opportunities for our team here at Palmer,” noted Janet Callahan, who will remain serving as President of Palmer Paving Corp.

Palmer Paving Corp. is nationally recognized for manufacturing and installing the highest quality pavements in western Massachusetts and northeastern and north central Connecticut. Its drive for excellence, focus on safety, and sound environmental business practices will continue with a mindset on long-term success.

Privately-held Peckham Industries, Inc., a family operated company since 1924, now employs more than 800 people at more than 25 facilities located in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont. Peckham and its subsidiaries provide road construction and maintenance, including hot and warm mix asphalt, liquid asphalt, asphalt emulsion, stone and aggregates, ready mix concrete, and liquid calcium chloride, as well as precast concrete components for large-scale construction projects throughout the Northeast.

Safety Day Reinforces Safety First

Peckham Materials hosted two safety days on April 10th and April 11th this year at our Hudson Falls facility. Donny Michlette, John Wright, and their staff helped transform our maintenance shop into a classroom that saw over 300 customers/participants over two days!

Peter Simoneau, Tim Needham and the employees in the North Country addressed many issues that we experienced in 2017 and new protocol to help prevent those issues from continuing to happen. Signs, cameras, and paint were added to all of our plants to keep our customers safe. Lou Merkle, and Sue Coutler have campaigned to all of our employees, reminding them how committed to safety we are, and to lead by example. Our #1 goal is to have all of our employees and customers go home safely and to their families the same way they came in.

Safety Day was born from Lou and Sue’s campaign to make sure everyone commits themselves to safety. We talked openly about the behaviors we expected from our employees and customers at the Asphalt plants and Quarries. A short film of a truck driving into Hudson Falls was shown to familiarize our customers with where they should go for stone and HMA. We also gave tours in vans to bring them as close and safe inside the Quarry and Asphalt plant as we could.

Peter Simoneau discussed the safety practices that all should follow when in our facilities. He gave specific site information and details. Phil Spiezio, Washington County Safety Director, shared some real life examples of what happens when you let your guard down. The topics he covered were: Distracted Driving, Personal Protective Equipment, and Work Zone Safety. We also had a few excellent speakers- Donna Shave from 1-800-Dig-Safely talked about utility safety in the work zone when excavating and Haun Welding Supply along with Hanes Supply Co. did segments on equipment safety and fall protection.

Normally Peckham Materials is a leader in the industry for producing quality materials and for the services we provide, but this time we took a huge step in becoming an industry leader in safety!

Jay Castimore, Peckham Materials Corp.


When a Legend Retires, The Party is Legendary

On March 2, 2018 we planned to celebrate the retirement of Ms. Carol N. Lecomte and not even a nor’easter could stop us! We had a great turn out considering the damage the record-breaking storm did to the Hudson Valley area, and not even the power outage at Crabtree’s Kittle House Restaurant & Inn put a damper on celebrating the legend. Carol retired with over 50 years of loyal dedicated service to the company.

Carol started out as our secretary in 1968 when our offices were at 50 Haarlem Ave., just down the street from where we are currently located. Throughout 50 years she has worked with us through the good, and the bad we all face in the construction industry throughout such a long period of time. Two generations of Peckham’s, an office move and a few promotions later, she retired as the Manager of A/R & Credit. She did an absolutely amazing job, and taught everyone who worked with her the “who, what, when, where and how”. We cannot thank her enough for being such a big part of our organization as well as a big part of our success. She will be greatly missed, and we send her the best wishes on enjoying her much earned retirement!

Peckham Materials Says Thank You To All and Reminds Everyone to Be Safe

The Chestertown crew, along with the PII safety department, served lunch to truckers on the fly on a busy Friday in June. The Chestertown plants have been straight out BUSY the last several weeks as we supply several NYSDOT jobs.

Kubricky Construction’s reconstruction of Route 28 is from Indian Lake to Blue Mountain Lake in the heart of the Adirondacks; we have over 28 trucks headed that way as we complete the 40,000+ tons of blacktop. Simultaneously, there has been an additional 25 trucks running to the Essex County highway crew. PRC has been paving Route 8 in Johnsburg as well throughout June. A great blacktop year in Chester, coupled with some good stone jobs like the 25,000 tons of aggregate headed to the new campground at Frontier Town (Exit 29) has kept the production crews putting in long, hard days.

Lunch, served with a side of safety information, was provided as gratitude for the hard work our truckers, QC staff, and all the PII employees are doing in Chestertown. We cannot stress enough how appreciative we are of everyone’s hard work and dedication. Thank you to everyone for making Peckham Materials Corp. the company it is today!

Peter Simoneau, Peckham Materials Corp.

Full Depth Reclamation with Cement Stabilization- The Solution That Does Exactly What It’s Supposed To Do

In 2017, Peckham Road Corp was awarded and successfully completed the Sunny Hills Estates project in Raritan, NJ. However, in May of 2018 Raritan Township contacted us with concerns that the stabilized base material could be compromised. The director of public works said they are seeing water stains on the roadway that could possibly be the result of the stabilized base material breaking down, losing its integrity and leaching.

Following the call from Township, I met with the general contractor to discuss our game plan to address the township’s concerns. We decided to go to the project and dig several test pits in the locations with visible stains and examine the quality of the asphalt surface and the underlying base. Our finding were as expected, what we revealed was a well-engineered, highly compacted base material with great integrity, that is capable of providing the all physical properties associated with cement stabilized Full Depth Reclamation.

In addition to these findings, we also identified that there is a continuous source of water beneath the roads. This condition substantiates the use of FDR with cement stabilization as the preferred solution for the Sunny Hills Estates Road Construction due to the properties listed below.

  1. increased strength and stiffness of base material
  2. reduced deflection from traffic loads
  3. moisture resistance and higher levels of strength even when saturated water.
  4. a reduction in subgrade stress

The township engineering and public works departments witnessed our testing and agreed that our work was done professionally and properly. They are so pleased with the results, they putting another FDR project out to bid!

Gene Vinson, Reclamation LLC.

Catskill Drums Up Faster Production and More Mixing Capacity

Peckham Road Corp. has been busy this past winter, so we can spring into the 2018 paving season. We have been working on upgrading our Catskill Hot Mix Asphalt Operations to better serve our customers. One of these upgrades is a rotary drum mixer. The addition to our plant will increase the output of volume for the anticipated paving that will be required of the local Municipalities and local Contractors for their up-coming 2018 scheduled projects.

The Batch Plant in Catskill was put in operation some years ago and is capable of an output of 240 Tons per hour, now with our new addition of the Rotary Drum Mixer we are capable of doing 340 tons per hour of Hot Mix Asphalt in addition to still having the Batch Plant available. One of our many Peckham objectives in our customer service initiative are to provide our customers a consistent, higher quality mix, meet a higher production requirement, and decrease customer wait time.

We look forward to seeing all of our return customers, and some new faces as we begin the 2018 season. Peckham Industries believes that our investment in our Hot Mix Asphalt Plant is an investment our customers as well. Have a prosperous season and remember always think Safety.

Rick Rosa, Peckham Materials Corp.

New Scale House Takes the Weight Off of Plant Clerks and Customers

Pleasant Valley added a new state of the art scale house to not only enhance the looks of the facility, but to update the way we operate. The new layout allows the clerks to better see the scale, and customers to better enhance safety and accuracy when loading in and out in our facility. We strive to update and modernize our facilities with both layout, and technology so we can be safer, smarter and more efficient with all activity throughout all of our locations, not just for our employees and customers, but our neighbors as well.

Kevin McCarthy, Peckham Materials Corp.


Visualizing the Future at Pleasant Valley

Since acquiring the Pleasant Valley location from the Arborio Family in 2012 – the site has been in a constant state of flux – positive change.  Ramps we re-located to improve efficiencies, virtually all of the hauling and loading equipment has been upgraded, the secondary and finish crushing equipment and structures have been replaced – the site has essentially been rebuilt.  Now were tackling the landscape itself.  After conception of the plan we attended several Planning and Zoning Board meetings, held informational meetings and site visits for our neighbors and the Towns Board Members, and applied for a NYSDEC for a permit modification for the berm construction prior to receiving project approval.  Although the Town neighbors and Board members were very thorough in their review of the project they quickly saw the benefits of the project.

Here’s the view from North Avenue “before” construction began a few weeks ago.  Although the stockpiles have been there for as long as most people remember – we agreed that we could create a better viewshed for our neighbors as well as a safer travel way for construction vehicles entering and exiting the site and perhaps better shelter North Avenue and our neighbors from some noise and dust.

The plan consists of moving all the stockpiled material to other parts of the site, stripping/moving the soil then drilling/blasting the entire area under the finish material conveyors.  The area cleared adjacent to North Avenue will have a natural looking vegetated berm planted with various native species of plantings.

Currently, construction has completed moving the stockpiled material, stripping the area and we’ve begun drilling and blasting the 60,000 tons of material to be removed from the area.

Following the completion of material removal will be the installation of the berm and native species plantings.  We are confident that this project will make the site safer and more efficient for construction traffic and the traveling public, shield our neighbors from noise and dust, create a visually appealing landscape for the public and help to continue the strong community relationships that the Arborio Family started in Pleasant Valley in 1937.

Chris Suttmeier, Peckham Materials Corp.