McCloskey Chosen to Help RGT Clouthier Add Production and Cut Costs


The sand and gravel business isn't easy. With growing competition, rising costs and tighter aggregate product specifications it gets more difficult by the day; in order to survive you have to be good. In order to prosper you have to be a lot more.

RGT Clouthier, based out of Pembroke, can count itself among the latter group. With multiple pits, crushing operations, road building contracts and aggregate supply operations in North Eastern Ontario, the cost of every job starts at the pit face.

"We have had a requirement for a new screening plant for a while now," states Gerry Clouthier, "and we tried out a number of track mounted plants to find the best fit for our needs. We thought we had our decision made, but then we decided to give McCloskey a try."

After a few quick calls and a site visit a new McCloskey S-130 was on a float and on its way to Pembroke.

"Our crew was impressed by the way McCloskey did business. They sent a machine up for us to try, they brought a range of screen panels and they trained our crew in its use," explains Gerry "the surprising part was, when our sand didn't meet the specs required, Paschal McCloskey and his salesman were up in the screen-box to swap them out immediately!"

"We knew RGT were looking for a fines product of asphalt sand, so we sent the machine with an 8mm (3/8") harp bottom deck," explains Paschal "production was great, but a sieve analysis showed too many passing flats. I knew this would be a possibility, so we brought a 3/8" square mesh as well."

Typically screening with a 3/8" woven mesh can be slow work, ask anyone who has tried. It was feasible in this case thanks to the S-130 High Energy Screen-box. "The S-130's 14' x 5' screen-box gave us 15% more screening area than the closest competitor that RGT trialed." explains Barry Greenaway, salesman for McCloskey. "Combined with a 10mm screen-box throw, when the nearest competitor had only 6mm, we were able to keep the bottom deck clean and maintain an impressive level of production."

Production taken care of, the McCloskey team turned their attention to helping RGT reduce their running costs. "We understand and are proud of our position in the market," states Paschal "and we knew we could not compete in terms of up front costs, we had to offer RGT a solution that was simply better."

Gerry Clouthier had elected to use an 80' stacker with electric over hydraulic power for fines stockpiling. This required the use of a portable diesel generator to supply the stacker with power. McCloskey immediately spotted what his competition had missed. "The final trump card in our solution for RGT was to eliminate the need for his generator," explains Barry "we offered to provide an S-130 with an up-rated 125hp CAT motor and an auxiliary hydraulic line with enough power to run his stacker under full load."

This feature allowed RGT to eliminate a diesel engine and another piece of equipment requiring transport from the operation, representing a considerable long term saving. All the hydraulic work was completed by McCloskey's service team upon machine set-up, then it was handed over to Sonny; RGT's crushing and screening foreman with over 20 years of experience.

"The stacker actually runs a lot better with this setup, cost savings aside. They even left it so that I can still use it with the electric motor if I need to." states Sonny.

"It's a well made machine," said Sonny of the S-130 "we moved her into our crushing and screening spread for fine materials, as well as using it stand alone on pit run and it takes on whatever job we throw at it."

RGT Clothier have a lot of work lined up for their S-130 and since installation it has already been used to produce asphalt sand, highway sand, B-gravel and topsoil at multiple locations.

Source: McCloskey International Limited

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