James Dick commissions new ultra fines recovery system

James Dick Construction's new ultra fines recovery system

A new ultra fines recovery system, designed and engineered by CDE, will help James Dick Construction ensure it is maximizing extraction from its quarry in Caledon, Ontario.

The James Dick group of companies was founded in 1964. Since then, the company has become a leader in the supply of sand, gravel and limestone products in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

 In 1983, James Dick acquired Caledon Sand & Gravel and its 825-acre Caledon Pit, then one of the largest pits in Canada. The Caledon Pit expanded in 1997, ensuring reserves of quality construction materials for the local market for decades to come.

James Dick Construction’s focus is driven by a desire to ensure a consistent supply of materials with minimal social and environmental impact by locating itself close to demand.

Continuing this trend, the new state-of-the-art ,50 tons per hour, ultra fines recovery system with cyclone technology in Caledon maximizes material recovery from its quarrying business, extending the operational life of its active extraction sites and available reserves.

In Caledon, the business maintains a range of wet and dry screening equipment, including traditional sand screw technology, an essential innovation in the quarrying industry over the years, but one that lacks the accuracy of modern washing equipment.

“Fully operational, our highly efficient ultra fines recovery system will make a significant contribution to Caledon Sand & Gravel,” said Adrian Convery, CDE Business Development Manager for Canada.

“By recovering larger quantities of premium sand more efficiently we can support James Dick Construction to maximize its return on investment and maintain its competitive advantage in the local market by boosting the availability of its material reserves.”

CDE cyclone tech

The benefits of cyclone technology outweigh the capabilities of sand screws, achieving more material output and minimizes the loss of high-quality fines. CDE cyclone technology delivers control of silt cut points and product specification to produce high value, in-spec construction materials straight from the belt.

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Sustained demand for sand and aggregate products coupled with stringent regulatory requirements necessitates that producers maximize their reserves to maintain profitability and meet the demands of the market.

The new CDE plant is processing material previously lost to the overflow of two existing sand screws to recover premium fine washed masonry sand at a rate of 45 tons per hour.

“We want to ensure our operations remain as efficient as possible so that we can continue to service the local construction industry for many years to come,” said James Dick, CEO of James Dick Construction.

Dick added the key to the quarry operation in Caledon is to ensure the company can extract as much value and material from its reserves as possible, rather than pursuing new extraction sites.

“It’s the most responsible approach for the communities in which we operate and also from an environmental perspective, reasons which dovetail with the economic benefits of the approach,” Dick said. “The solution delivered by the team at CDE will play a major role in securing a consistent and reliable supply of materials for the construction industry in the Greater Toronto Area.”

About James Dick Construction

Established by Dick almost 60 years ago, James Dick Construction Limited started out with a D6 dozer and single axle dump truck that were put to work at its Adjala and 20th Sideroad pits in the Albion township.

Today, its primary operations focus on the production, sale and transport of high-quality construction materials produced from its portfolio of 18 close-to-market pits and quarries in Southern Ontario.