Ferrara Brothers Concrete Batch Plant Visit
On Oct. 20, CIM students from NJIT paid a field visit to Ferrara Brothers concrete batch plant located in Bayonne, NJ. Ferrara Brothers is a family-owned ready-mix concrete business founded in 1969. It is one of New York City’s largest concrete producers, pouring over one half million cubic yards of concrete a year. On site, the students had the opportunity to experience how a ready-mix concrete plant functions. Alex Ferrara (Sales/Product Support) took the students on a tour showing and explaining the layout of the concrete batch plant. Following this tour, Kenneth Krautheim (Technical Service and Sales Director) described the process of preparing the scales on the batch plant with the concrete ingredients. These ingredients consist of admixture, cement, aggregates, sand, fly ash, silica fume, etc. In addition, Krautheim explained the different controls, programs, and computers used by the batcher, David Williams (NJIT CIM Student), and how the batcher is able to provide a specific mix to its concrete truck, the variety of strengths of concrete they provide. Click here to check out pictures of the tour.