Cement silo tops sand, stone yard

Courtesy of Ruth Vecchione
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Dauphinais Concrete Ready Mix Batch Facility

Dauphinais Concrete Ready Mix Batch Facility
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Dauphinais Concrete Ready Mix Batch Facility
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DOUGLAS -- The scenery's changed a bit for Route 146 northbound commuters passing through Douglas. Dauphinais Concrete Inc.'s new batch concrete plant with its 72-foot-tall cement silo dominates the view of Pyne Sand & Stone Co. on Lackey Dam Road.

"A lot of people were surprised on their way to work this morning. We got done with the big part about 7 p.m. last night," Paul Dauphinais, owner of the Millbury concrete company, said Thursday.

The less-than-expected snowfall Wednesday was good for them, he said.

They started prepping the site for the portable plant in November, he said. It's been almost two years since he started plans for the project.

Mr. Dauphinais has been in the concrete business for decades. He said he closed his last plant in 1987 in Worcester and has been servicing the area with other people's plants.

He tried to locate the new portable plant in Sutton but could not get the necessary approvals from the town, he said. In November 2008, his request for a special permit on Kalmaitis Road was denied by the Sutton Zoning Board of Appeals.

In the meantime, he'd already ordered and purchased eight new trucks. That was in July 2008, just before the nationwide economic downturn.

In April 2009, the Douglas Zoning Board of Appeals granted Jim Pyne, owner of Pyne Sand & Stone Co., a height variance for the cement silo that is 12 feet taller than the 60-foot height limit allowed in the zone. The two businessmen agreed to a 10-year land lease.

Mr. Dauphinais said the Route 146 site at Pyne Sand & Stone Co. is conveniently located. The raw materials are right there. They'll only need to truck materials in for special specifications, he said.

Mr. Pyne said Thursday that Dauphinais Concrete's been sending trucks as far as Attleboro, Route 2 and Connecticut and for materials.

"They seem reasonably busy," he said. "But, one of these days the economy will turn around and they'll be situated in the right place and time," he said.

Although the plant was built and ready to be shipped from Pennsylvania last July, Mr. Dauphinais experienced more delays because of financing.

"The way banks were, we had to switch banks," he said. Commonwealth National Bank come through with the financing for the $750,000 batch plant, he said.

Instead of being able to install the plant in the late summer months, they've had to battle frost and cold, Mr. Pyne said.



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