A mobile solution
By Lisa Kopochinski
Foreman Equipment finds mobile solutions for local customers
By Lisa Kopochinski
With a clientele that primarily includes the aggregate industry, Foreman
Equipment offers crushing, dry screening, washing and recycling
equipment for the quarry, mining, landfill and waste management
industries that process aggregate, topsoil, C&D waste, compost and
With a clientele that primarily includes the aggregate industry, Foreman Equipment offers crushing, dry screening, washing and recycling equipment for the quarry, mining, landfill and waste management industries that process aggregate, topsoil, C&D waste, compost and sand.
The company was formed by John Foreman in 1984 as Powerscreen of Canada Western. Sons Ryan and Adam joined the fold nine and 16 years ago. Foreman says the industry is very different from when his father first started and their customer base is much more diverse today.
“Our primary clientele is still the aggregate industry, but with the tracked crushers and screeners we are seeing an increase in site and contract work” says Ryan Foreman. “It’s definitely opened our customer base up quite a bit. We used to go into the traditional sand and gravel application — gravel pits and quarries—but by being on tracks this has made the market much more accessible for other customers. For example, a regular excavating contractor who doesn’t own a gravel pit can now rent a jaw crusher when he is doing a subdivision where he’s blasting. He could actually crush the material on site.”
In addition to the full spread of Powerscreen crushing and screening equipment, the company also carries a full spread of Telestack equipment including its line of conveyors specially-designed for the aggregates industry. For its customers working in the road construction business, Foreman carries machines from Terex Roadbuilding, as well as screening equipment from Trommel.
Helping the customer
Having a comprehensive line of crushing equipment has allowed Foreman Equipment to provide solutions to meet customer needs for mobile operations.
For 25 years, Foreman has helped provide Ekset Contracting with equipment solutions for its sand and gravel business. Established in 1975, Ekset has active gravel and quarry operations as well as provide general contracting services for its customers in Vancouver, Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland. Based in Surrey, Ekset produces 15 different aggregate products, including six different types of sand. They operate eight pits throughout Abbotsford and surrounding communities.
When Ekset needed a mobile solution for a pit project, the team at Foreman set them up with a package of Powerscreen machines that included the Powerscreen Warrior 1800 screen, the Powerscreen XR 400 jaw crusher and the Powerscreen Maxtrak 1000 cone crusher.
“They had one site where they were using three pieces of our equipment,” recalls Foreman. “Ekset had all the equipment in a pit with sand and gravel material. With an excavator they would feed the Warrior 1800, which would separate the natural 3-inch (75-mm) minus material off to one side (which they would they later sell as pit run material). The bigger oversize material was sent to the jaw crusher, which took everything from a 24-inch down to a 3-inch size rock and would crush it to a 5-inch minus. The 5-inch minus material was sent to the cone crusher, which would take it down further to a 2-inch minus.”
He adds that Ekset wanted a fractured material because that is their high quality product.
“By using the screener first, they could pull the dirty stuff out. Then sending just straight rock into the jaw and then on to the cone crusher, Ekset was able to get a 2-inch minus with basically a 100 per cent fracture. It just adds to the value of the material. It was taking something that was just regular and transforming it to a high-value finished product.”
That product is thanks, in part, to Foreman Equipment, who was able to put together the solution needed for Ekset. The result is a quality product, a happy end-user, and for Foreman, the potential for repeat business.
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