Company says the addition of a rail siding will sharply reduce truck traffic to the site.
Posillico Materials, headquartered in Farmington, N.Y., recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil its rail siding and materials transfer depot, which was built at the company’s asphalt recycling facility in Framingdale. The project is the first phase of a capital improvement the company is undertaking in conjunction with the town of Babylon, N.Y.’s Industrial Development Association to update the facility and to improve its operations within the community at large.
According to Posillico, the project’s completion enables most of the materials that are required for asphalt production to be shipped via rail rather than by truck. The company says the new rail system and improved plant layout reduce fugitive dust and eliminate 5,000 truck trips per year.
Astec Industries, Chattanooga, Tenn., has been working with Posillico since 1971 on asphalt recycling.
During the ceremony, Gail Mize, Astec vice president of national accounts, said, "This recent expansion into receiving aggregates by rail will remove a considerable amount of traffic from the roads and goes far to demonstrate how good a neighbor Posillico is for the citizens of Babylon Township. Removing traffic count from the roads is always a good thing for the public, but is seldom possible."
Family-owned Posillico has been in business since 1946. The company, which started out as a trucking firm, serves the construction and contracting industry in the New York tristate area, though the company has been expanding its operations to include southern New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and other regions in the Northeast.
The new rail facility will anchor Posillico's plan to complete further capital investments that the company says it expects will improve its overall environmental impact.