Fayetteville company has big plans for Greencastle

April 19, 2002|BY RICHARD F. BELISLE

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Like a giant Erector set, workers at Fayetteville Contractors Inc. are putting together a $1 million blacktop plant that they dismantled in Illinois and moved in pieces to a site on U.S. 11 north of the borough.

The plant will take its place with other major industrial facilities along that stretch of highway including the new Strait Manufacturing and Welding plant, the Tyco tarpaper plant, Eldorado Stone (formerly L&S Stone) and Beck Manufacturing, Inc.

Fayetteville Contractors Inc. (FCI) has its corporate headquarters and main operating plant in Fayetteville, Pa., said Glenn E. Deardorff Jr., secretary/treasurer of the company.


Fayetteville Contractors has been a family operation since Deardorff Jr.'s grandfather, Paul K. Deardorff, started the company in 1941 as a stone quarry operation known as Fayetteville Stone Inc. That operation closed in 1948 and the company was renamed Paul K. Deardorff Excavation and Grading Contractor.

It was incorporated as Paul K. Deardorff and Sons in 1963 and in 1966 a spin-off company, Fayetteville Contractors Inc., was incorporated. The two companies merged in 1974.

Glenn E. Deardorff Sr. is president. Other family members include Deardorff Jr.'s brother, Darren Deardorff, paving manager, Donald Deardorff, Deardorff Sr.'s brother, vice president, and his son, Jeffrey Deardorff, contract excavation manager.

The company has about 60 employees in five divisions. It does residential, commercial and industrial site work and paving, small bridge construction, excavating and hauling, and now blacktop manufacturing.

FCI's fleet includes more than 100 trucks and earth-moving equipment, Deardorff Sr. said.

The firm bought 22 acres on U.S. 11 for the blacktop plant.

Darren Deardorff said the project has been in the works for about 10 years.

FCI bought the used blacktop plant from a company in Carbondale, Ill., and sent a crew to dismantle it. The plant was moved from Carbondale to Greencastle, some 800 miles, by 23 FCI trucks and private haulers.

Darren Deardorff said the dismantling was videotaped so workers would know how to reassemble it on the new site. "We documented everything as we took it apart," he said.

FCI will buy the crushed stone and asphalt, mix the two into blacktop in a machine called a "pug mill" then send the finished material into storage by conveyor.

The new plant will go on line in June and can produce 240 tons of blacktop an hour, Deardorff Jr. said. Trucks will be able to load from the silo in less than five minutes.

FCI wanted a site near Greencastle because half of its paving business is in the Hagerstown area, Darren Deardorff said. The new plant will also enable the company to expand that part of its business, he said.

The plant will run with just three employees.

It is being financed by Citizens Bank of Southern Pennsylvania. Tim Brew, commercial loan officer for Citizens, put the funding package together.

The plant has met all local and state permits.

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