One family plus two businesses equals winning formula

0023by Gregg Hennigan, features writer, photos provided by EcoMulch and Hamilton Tree Service

The synergy between Hamilton Tree Service and EcoMulch makes so much sense one might wonder why this type of business model isn’t more common.

Grant Hamilton is co-owner of both Northern California companies — the tree service with his father, Dex, and the mulch operation with his wife, Heather.

Hamilton Tree Service provides wood waste generated from its jobs to EcoMulch, saving on landfill tipping fees. And EcoMulch uses that material to manufacture mulch products and cogeneration boiler fuel. As Hamilton puts it, one company cuts the trees, and the other recycles the material.

While such a setup is logical, that doesn’t mean getting started was easy.

“You just don’t go and buy a grinder and think you’re in the mulch business,” Hamilton says. “The amount of preparedness, overtime and monetary investment is huge. You need a big yard, permits, loaders, trucks, grinder, trommel screen, color machine, a huge water supply, qualified employees, welder/mechanic truck, and most of all, enough capital to provide fuel and wear items such as grinder teeth.” [Read more…]

The Rockster-technology: Perfect for Asphalt-Recycling

Broken asphalt recycling is profitable and it also protects the environment. Recent machine tests conducted by recyclers showed that Rockster ‘s technology is ideal for recycling old asphalt.

A well-known Austrian asphalt mixing plant operator recently supplied Rockster with real value calculations which are definitely impressive. Even with addition of only 10 % recycled asphalt the ROI of a Rockster R900 Impact crusher with screen box RS86 and return belt RB75 would slightly more than six months. Where formulations allow, it is possible to add up to 25% of recycled asphalt as a cold addition. That scenario, the ROI theoretically could be less than 4 months. Their calculations also revealed the bitumen savings. When using 25% recycled asphalt, 1,200 tons of bitumen can be saved over the same period. The fact that this recycling process also helps to protect the environment, is undoubtedly an expedient side effect. More importantly, by recycling the broken asphalt, the companies can realize additional earnings and save landfill costs. [Read more…]