Pyles Concrete and Oshkosh S-Series Vehicles Help Complete Massive Wolf Creek Dam Remediation Project
Over the course of four years, Oshkosh® S-Series™ forward placement concrete mixer trucks spent many months running 24 hours per day, six days per week on the Wolf Creek Dam Remediation project.
DODGE CENTER, Minn. (April 19, 2013) – McNeilus Companies, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, attended a ceremonial concrete placement event on April 19 to celebrate the completion of the Wolf Creek Dam Remediation project in Jamestown, Kentucky. Altogether, nearly 300,000 cubic yards of concrete was placed in constructing the entire barrier wall and work platform. Pyles Concrete of Columbia, Kentucky used Oshkosh® S-Series™ trucks, each with an 11 cubic yard capacity, to deliver and place every single yard.
The Wolf Creek Dam Remediation project includes 1,197 piles that are each approximately four feet in diameter and extend 275 feet into bedrock below the foundation of the dam’s 4,000-foot long embankment.
“The logistical challenges on this project were formidable but, together with the Corp of Engineers and very experienced contractors, we made a great team,” said Doug Pyles, president of Pyles Concrete. “We had 24 Oshkosh S-Series in our fleet during the project, and many months the trucks were running 24 hours per day, six days a week, for four years. The S-Series vehicles were incredibly reliable; we purchased four new when the job began and the rest came from our existing fleet.”
In addition, Concrete batch plant manufacturer, CON-E-CO (also part of the Oshkosh Commercial Group), played an important role on the project. Its LO-PRO® portable batch plant was located near the site and mixed all of the concrete used at Wolf Creek Dam Remediation project.
The Oshkosh S-Series is a leading brand of forward placement concrete mixers in America. Among its many noteworthy features are the renowned McNeilus mixer drum, an Oshkosh transfer case and proprietary axles (developed for military vehicles), an ergonomic cab optimized for unsurpassed visibility and easier troubleshooting, and a patented Load Span Tag Axle (LSTA) for a smoother ride and a 22-inch axle lift.
“Lake Cumberland is the most famous feature of South Central Kentucky, so we were very proud to have been a part of this project,” added Pyles. “The stakes were pretty high, as well, with Nashville being downstream of the dam and the possibility of the dam failing before the repair work could be finished.”
Wolf Creek Dam is on the Cumberland River in south central Kentucky. The lake’s huge water storage capability provides downstream communities with important flood risk reduction. The dam’s water resources also provide commercial navigation, water supply, water quality, hydropower, and environmental benefits.
Founded in 1975, Pyles Concrete, Inc. is a full service provider of quality ready-mixed concrete in South Central Kentucky. The company operates five batch plants located in Columbia, Edmonton, Liberty, Russell Springs and Somerset, and runs a fleet of 35 ready-mixed concrete trucks.
McNeilus Companies, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation [NYSE: OSK] company, is a leading manufacturer of refuse truck bodies, concrete mixers and batch plants. With an extensive network of factory owned service and support centers, McNeilus provides their customers with superior aftermarket support. For more information about McNeilus, visit www.mcneiluscompanies.com.
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