News from Peckham

Peckham Materials Corp Has The Energy to Keep Up With New Power Plant Construction

Cricket Valley Energy Center is a fully-permitted approximately 1,100 megawatt (MW), natural gas-fired power plant now under construction in an industrially-zoned site off Route 22 in Dover, New York. For a number of years, we’ve waited patiently for Cricket Valley Energy, the Town of Dover, members of the various regulatory communities and the residents of Dover to come to agreement and approval to start Project. After they have carefully navigated the concerns of each party, the start of construction was marked this summer as contractors were hired to do site-work clean-up, land clearing and the installation/repair of roadways and the entranceway from Route 22.

The natural gas-fired facility will use state-of-the-art, environmentally-responsible combustion turbine technology, and will be among the most efficient energy producers in New York, with the ability to generate electricity for nearly one million homes. The 193-acre property, located at 2241 Route 22, has existing energy infrastructure, including electric power lines and a natural gas pipeline, as well as a substantial tree buffer that will minimize visual and sound impacts.  The location provides an important opportunity for economic revitalization, creating jobs and tax revenue for the Town of Dover.  These factors combine to make it a smart site for Cricket Valley Energy Center’s clean-burning natural gas power plant.

The potential economic impact of the project is significant.  The project’s annual tax payment is estimated to be $3.3 million, escalating to approximately $7.9 million which will be spread among the school district, town, county, and state.

PMC was a chosen supplier of construction aggregates for the start of the project and has plans to work with various contractors and supply a large portion of the construction aggregate requirements for the project.  We wish all a successful project and hope that this is the first of many projects in a larger initiative to revitalize a once proud but recently depressed economy.

Location: 2241 Route 22, Dover Plains.
Output: 1,100 megawatts.
Generator: Natural-gas fired, combined cycle. Combined cycle plants use waste heat from the natural-gas turbine to power a steam turbine.
Cost: $1.54 billion.
First proposed: 2009.
Completion expected: Early 2020.
Construction jobs: 1,100 at peak, 500 on average.
Permanent jobs: Between 25 and 30.

PRC Gives Speedy CIPR to Save the Life of Roadways Throughout NYS

Peckham Road Corp. recently completed 8.3 miles of cold-in-place recycling on Route 159. The NYSOGS project was in the Town of Duanesburg in Schenectady County. The project was over 150,000 SY and the crew knocked it out in under 9 days. Approximately 900 tons of liquid asphalt was supplied from the PARCO terminal in Athens. With a lot of CIPR work let this season, the key factor with this operation has been mobilization. The Peckham Road crew, along with some excellent truck drivers, makes it happen extremely quickly. This has allowed us to increase our production tremendously as we are constantly on the move! With all the recent Quick Quotes coming out from NYSDOT, it looks like it will be a race to the end of the season. The crew has a number of large jobs coming up, one in the Finger Lakes region and another in the Washington County Town of Jackson, and we expect a very busy fall!

Peter Simoneau, Peckham Industries Inc.

Byram Cements its Reputation 2,700 Yards at a Time

Precise Contracting’s project, Hudson Park, in New Rochelle had a problem… How could they find a supplier to complete a 2,700cy Mat Slab in one monolithic pour? After searching and talking with many suppliers, most of whom were going to team up (including us), they finally made the right choice, Byram Concrete! With the help of Brewster Transit Mix we prepared for our overnight pour with all hands on deck from both companies. It took a lot of preparation, planning and jumping through hoops, but on Friday, July 14th we started at 7:30PM getting the show on the road. Then, at around 4AM Brewster joined the party, after we already had 1,200CY out (and a whole lot of coffee). We were all running the road, and even an accident on I-95 couldn’t stop us. Then 15 hours later, it happened, we completed the pour! With team work, communication and some good old fashioned grit amongst all of us at Byram, Brewster and Precise we seamlessly completed the mat slab. To whomever said “If it’s worth it, it won’t be easy” had the right idea, because it wasn’t easy, but it sure was worth it!

Mike Mistishin, Byram Concrete & Supply

Village of Goshen Gets Their Happily “Paved” Ever After

One year ago, we went the Village of Goshen and chip sealed a high traffic area at their request. The residents weren’t happy with the Village’s decision to chip seal, and the customer is always right, so we offered a solution – to fog seal the already chip sealed road. About two weeks later we went out and we did what we always do, make everyone happy. Once the fog seal was completed the residents were happy and the road still retains to this day a “paved” road look.

We did so well that the town opted to try another one of our services recently, full-depth reclamation. We reclaimed and stabilized Green Street, a heavily trafficked roadway, which houses one of Goshen’s busy firehouses. Green St. was incredibly out of shape, and had a lot of ponding issues, especially in front of the firehouse. When we came in we whipped that street right into shape, stabilized with calcium chloride, and corrected all drainage deficiencies. The Village then had the road paved, and the residents, including the Mayor got their fairytale ending; The Happily “Paved” Ever After!

– Charlie Jones, Recalmation LLC


*Product Spotlight* Superpave- The Customization of Your Road

When buying clothes, you wouldn’t buy an outfit that doesn’t fit, so why would you pave your street with Asphalt that just doesn’t “fit”? Superpave is a pavement that can be customized by adjusting the design mix of constituent materials from aggregate proportions to liquid asphalt content and Performance Grade binder to withstand the volume and weight of traffic to allow a better quality and extended service life of pavement, or the perfect fit!

Prior to finding the “fitting” Superpave, specifications should be chosen, understood, and repeated as shown. Superpave Standard Specifications are written, tested and proven true by each state’s Department of Transportation to best suit the needs of the road and the surrounding environmental concerns brought by each varying region. Using standard state DOT specifications are very important as these mixes have gone through rigorous testing, as well as proven by the test of time to support the pavement needs. DOT specifications can be found online through each governmental entities website.

Once the use, and/or volume and ESALs are determined for your bituminous asphalt courses, you can take your specification factors to customize your best pavement yet. Some of the options for “fitting” Superpave are:


Equivalent Standard Axles Load(s)

The ESALS are determined upon traffic load. The ESALs are adjusted by adding more liquid for lower ESALS or less liquid for higher ESALs. The liquid is the “glue” that will hold your pavement together. The lower the ESALS the less traffic levels (gyrations) and vice versa.

  • < 0.3 Less than 3 million ESALs
  • < 30 Less than 30 million ESALs
  • > 30 Greater than 30 million ESALs


The compaction Series will determine the level and testing regulations of each mix. The higher series are less compaction, and less testing.

  • 50 Series
  • 60 Series
  • 70 Series
  • 80 Series

Aggregate Sizes:

Aggregates proportions are sized and placed in mix not only to compact well, but to withstand the weight placed upon the pavement. The aggregates may seem the same, but the proportions vary, which gives the mix different capabilities depending on the application.

  • 9.5MM Top Course, Sand, #1 Stone- Finer mix for bearing lesser traffic
  • 12.5MM Top Course, Sand, #1 Stone, #1A Stone- Additional stone added for bearing higher traffic
  • 19.0MM Binder Course, Sand, #1 Stone, #1A Stone, #2 Stone- Regular Binder Course
  • 25.0MM Binder Course, Sand, #1 Stone, #1A Stone, #2 Stone- Dense Binder Course
  • 37.5MM Base Course, Sand, 1 Stone, #1A Stone, #2 Stone, #3A – Standard Base Course

PG Binder:

Performance Grade Binder, or PG Binder is the liquid, or the “glue” that holds your mix together. These are examples and standards of NYSDOT nonclementures. A unique PG Binder grade is determined by high/low pavement temperature in Celsius.

  • PG 64S-22 Standard Liquid Asphalt
  • PG 64H-22 Heavy Liquid Asphalt
  • PG 64V-22 Very Heavy Liquid Asphalt
  • PG 64E-22 Extreme Heavy Liquid Asphalt

There are also other additives that can be added to modify the asphalt such as polymer to give the asphalt a greater elasticity for reducing pavement distress in high traffic, heavy load bearing roads. An Anti-Strip agent can also be added to the liquid binder to create better bond between the aggregates and liquid. Anti-Strip can be utilized when limited stone sources are available in a particular region.


Types of friction are determined by the source and characteristics of aggregates as well as the use of pavement.

  • F9 Type 9- No friction requirement. Used for Base and Binder Courses
  • F3 Type 3- Minimal friction requirement. Used for Top Courses
  • F2 Type 2- Moderate friction requirement. Used for Top Courses
  • F1 Type 1- High friction requirement. Used for Top Courses

For example, we have NYS DOT Superpave specifications once all components of the mix have been determined;

I bet your thinking “Why wouldn’t why I just go with the highest of all these components and build myself super pavement with Superpave?” In order to best preserve the life cycle of the road to its fullest ability, as well as maintain cost efficient paving, it really is best to use what you need. There isn’t a magical upgrade to Superpave that will give you an invincible finished pavement. Each mix is scientifically customized to fit what the pavement needs, and because of this, sometimes less is more. With Superpave you can find more value, savings and a longer life cycle in pavement applications. We don’t call it super for nothing!


Rapid Growth means Rapid Building with the Precast Advantage

Precast erection started two weeks ago on the new 1,500 car parking garage at Athenahealth in Watertown MA. This rapidly growing company is building a beautiful campus in a vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Boston. As usual, construction efforts are being choreographed closely as we bring large over-length and over-width pieces of concrete from Shaftsbury, VT into relatively tight areas.

Athenahealth has worked hard to create a great work campus for their employees; even the design of the garage will be a beautiful addition. The garage is clad with spandrels built on a special form liner as can be seen from the pictures. With some additional screening added to the sides of the building, as well as landscaping, this will be a first class building, and Dailey Precast is proud to be part of it.

Peter Simoneau, Dailey Precast

Pleasant Valley Location Continues to be a Good Neighbor

Our Pleasant Valley location continues to improve our standing in the community by constantly upgrading both our physical appearance and environmental concerns. Peckham Industries is spending in excess of $250,000 on these improvements. We are updating our obsolete scale house with a new and modern version that will increase productivity and beautify the site. We have paved the entire front area and had a professional landscaper plant trees and mulch to keep the site cleaner and minimize the nuisance dust for our neighbors. The blacktop plant has added 32 feet to the exhaust stack and installed a “Vapor System” to help our carbon footprint and significantly reduce odors by using a environmentally safe neutralizing agent. We have also reduced our operating hours to be more attentive to the concerns of our neighbors. We here at Peckham Industries are investing in the community and strive to go the extra mile for our commitment to be a “Good Neighbor”.

Kevin McCarthy, Peckham Materials Corp.


Chestertown’s Plant is Beating to a New “Drum”

Chestertown’s asphalt plant is projected to be very busy this year. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, Kent Barton, Plant Manager, and his staff had a busy 3 months getting ready for the May 1st opening by erecting a new drum plant. They took down the old batch plant, and put up the new plant in anticipation of the busy season ahead. Some of the differences between a batch plant and drum plant are;

Batch Plant

–          A lot of moving parts which is a lot of maintenance

–          Many stages of production that materials go through

–          Versatility in ability to switch mixes one after the other

Drum Plant

–          Less stages of production which results in mixes made quicker

–          Very efficient with production and high production jobs are completed faster

–          Less maintenance driven


Chestertown was a batch plant for 25 years (Fun Fact: Chestertown started as a drum plant). Donny Cooper, our long time plant operator, who just retired as the new plant was completed,  did a great job for all those years. As he retires we say thank you to Donny and look forward to marching to our new drum!

Greene County Highway Supers Learn the Back Roads to Making Roads

At the beginning of the 2017 Road Construction Season Peckham Materials invited the Greene County Highway Superintendents to take a tour of our hot mix asphalt and quarry operation in Catskill, New York.  We also had representatives from Reclamation, LLC to answer questions about our full depth reclamation process. The Highway Superintendents took advantage of the opportunity to see the plant and to speak directly with the operation managers.  This gave us the opportunity to learn the unique needs of each of our Greene County municipal customers.


John Giorgianni, plant manager, explained the new crusher, the HP-500 secondary crusher which has increased our crushing plant capacity significantly. Robbie Carl, Equipment Operator from Reclamation, explained the Full Depth Reclamation (FDR) process. After Robbie explained the process, Charlie Goss performed a demonstration of the process using the CAT RM-500B Reclaimer.  The FDR stabilization process was explained while the Highway Superintendents observed the process in motion and took the opportunity to ask questions.


Matt Rice, who has operated  our Hot Mix Asphalt plant for over 30 years, had the opportunity to meet with the Greene County Highway Superintendents and give them a hands-on showing of the control room.  The batching process was explained and they watched  the mixing of a 4 ton batch of Type 3 Binder . This particular portion of the tour generated many questions and concluded the tour. The tour was considered a success by all that attended.   All are welcome to come see this modern facility operated.  Thank you to the Greene County Highway Superintendents for a job well done and the opportunity to meet your needs.


Rick Rosa, Peckham Materials Corp.


Spring has Sprung when the Reclaimer hums

As the grass turns green, trees are starting to bloom and the warm comfortable breeze is circulating all the signs point to spring is finally being here. However, to Reclamation, LLC’s New Jersey crew, nothing says “spring” like the humming sounds of a reclaimer as it converts poor quality pavement into a new, high quality base.

Since Spring has sprung, we are off to a great start, completing the Sparta Commons Tennis Court project on April 13th. This was a 1,440 square yard project that we stabilized with Portland cement while successfully dodging the proverbial unpredictable “April showers”. Upon completion, Reclamation had another satisfied customer, and the club members are well on their way to a brand-new, rock-solid tennis court, just in time for spring!

Whether the project is large or small, we handle each and every project with the highest level of professionalism and courtesy. We are looking forward to a productive 2017!

To learn more about our Reclamation process, please visit our website

Gene Vinson, Reclamation LLC


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