Ozinga installed CNG station in its new concrete production plant

June 9, 2017. Ozinga announced the official opening of its new concrete production plant on Jarvis Street in Des Plaines, Illinois.

   Ozinga has moved its daily operations out of a neighborhood setting on Wolf Road to consolidate at a secluded industrial site on Jarvis Street bordering O’Hare airport and the Toll Road. This site was formerly owned as a service garage for Penske O’Hare rentals, but since purchasing the property, Ozinga has continually improved the location.

   In the past few years, Ozinga replaced the asphalt that shed water off the property with repaved concrete pitched to newly constructed water retention pits used to combat fugitive dust from leaving the property and to recycle wash and rainwater in the production process.

   Ozinga had also installed a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. This enabled Ozinga to purchase new, cutting edge CNG mixer trucks and assign them to the Des Plaines yard to minimize noise and diesel exhaust emissions.

   In the past 12 months Ozinga continued this upward spiral of continual improvement by building a completely enclosed concrete mixing plant at the Jarvis location. The enclosed, high-capacity plant uses the newest technology to mix the highest quality concrete for private and public works jobs at O’Hare and the Toll Road. The new white building encloses any generated dust and noise out of sight and out of earshot. The sand and gravel used to make the Des Plaines concrete are now dumped in underground storage bins and fed into the mixing plant in covered conveyors.

   This completely automated storage system for cement and aggregates in underground bins and silos coupled with the concrete water recycling system enables a high quality, environmentally friendly production process with high speed multiple loading of Ozinga’s iconic red-and-white striped trucks. The yard now sets an industry standard with low noise levels and zero significant emissions into the atmosphere.

   A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the Jarvis location, with many employees, customers, vendors, and local government officials in attendance. “This facility is a statement to Ozinga’s commitment to serving our families, communities, customers, and country for generations to come,” said executive vice president and owner Paul Ozinga.