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Asphalt plant plans get support from Berkeley Co. planners

December 22, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Developers of a proposed asphalt processing facility in Berkeley County hope to be selling what is produced at the 18.5-acre site south of Martinsburg in Tabler Station Business Park by next fall, according to a consultant working on the project.

Allmine Paving LLC received final plan approval from the Berkeley County Planning Commission Monday evening. The plans include a 2,100-square-foot office building and a 2,100-square-foot maintenance and industrial asphalt plant, according to the county planning department staff report.

Tim Bradburne of Bradburne, Briller & Johnson LLC, an environmental and engineering consulting firm representing the company, said the plant would be "larger than most operations (of its kind) in the mid-Atlantic region."

The company still must close on a contract it has with the Berkeley County Development Authority to buy the acreage, and Development Authority business programs manager Kathy Mason could not release the terms of the pending deal.

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Bradburne declined to estimate how much product would be produced annually at the facility, which is expected to be served by Winchester & Western Railroad. The rail line splits the business park property, which lies between Interstate 81 and U.S. 11 near Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport.

"We're working on finalizing the size of the plant," Bradburne said.

The processing facility is expected to receive petroleum by-product via rail tank cars shipped in on rail line, Bradburne said. Once blended, the product will be shipped out in trucks, he said. Asphalt pavement typically includes crushed stone, gravel and sand, and the petroleum byproduct holds the aggregate together.

"We're going to have different types and grades of asphalt," Bradburne said.

The mostly automated facility, which is expected to operate 24 hours a day, is expected to create 20 to 40 full-time jobs, including indirect employment, Bradburne said.

Bradburne said the company eyed locations in neighboring states, but the rail and interstate access offered at Tabler Station Business Park was critical to locating in Berkeley County.

"Everything's good about this site," Bradburne said.

Organized in August 2009, Allmine Paving LLC's principal office address is in Chicago, according to the West Virginia Secretary of State office's Web-based business organization information system.

No individuals are listed as members or organizers of the limited liability corporation, according to the state.

Founded in 1997, Bradburne, Briller & Johnson LLC, also is based in Chicago, according to the company's Web site.

"BB&J is a national environmental consulting firm committed to helping clients create value and avoid loss in their management of environmental obligations and opportunities," according to the Web site.

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