The event was hosted at Gleeson Quarries near Laffansbridge, County Tipperary where a CDE washing plant is processing waste material from the dry crushing and screening process to produce washed sand and aggregates.
“The material we are washing at Gleeson Quarries was previously being stockpiled as a waste material as a result of the inherent levels of silts and clays” explains Enda Ivanoff, CDE Sales Director. “The washing plant we have installed is ensuring that this waste material is being effectively processed to create commercial grade sand and aggregates.”
Gleeson Quarries was established in 1987 to serve the growing market for quality construction materials in Tipperary and surrounding areas. Its location at Laffansbridge, near Killenaule, allows for convenient access to the nearby major urban areas.
The company supplies a full range of readymix concrete, concrete blocks, crushed limestone, granular fill, agricultural lime and washed sand and gravel. Their main markets are within a twenty five mile radius of their Laffansbridge quarry. Laffansbridge Quarry has a long history and was first worked by the Great Southern & Western Railway in the 19th century.
South Tipperary County Council extracted road materials up to the 1950's when the quarry was closed until the early 1980's, when it was reopened by the current owners.
The Gleeson family has been involved in the construction materials market for almost 50 years. Sister companies, Gleeson Concrete based in Tipperary town, produces readymix concrete, concrete blocks, sand and gravel, while Gleeson Precast based in Golden produces precast concrete floors.
The second generation of the Gleeson family currently manages these operations. Gleeson Quarries produce a wide variety of aggregates for the construction sector. Concrete blocks have been manufactured on site since 2001 and readymix concrete has been produced on site since 1990.
Gleeson Quarries is one of the leading suppliers of Clause 804 and Clause 810 road materials to the local authorities for the many road building and improvement schemes that have taken place in the local area in recent years. The washing plant includes the M2500 mobile washing plant, Aggmax attrition system and Aquacycle thickener to ensure more than 80% of the water used in the washing process is recycled, thus minimising the amount of space required on site to accommodate settling ponds,