Dalton Trucking, Inc. has delivered silica sand to La Habra Products in Anaheim for over ten years using covered dome hoppers. These covered dome trailers are set up to haul granular, dry bulk products. They are some of the less glamorous trailers we operate. They are essentially bottom dumps with lids. Yet, because of their inherent efficiency, they are very attractive to operate. This design has been in use for over 50 years. The trailers are light weight, yielding high payloads. In addition, they are low maintenance with a minimum of discharge hardware as compared to a pneumatic set up.
However, because of these attributes, covered dome hoppers operate in a very competitive niche. Rates are low and service demands high. Dalton has been successful with several local manufacturers, including composite shingle producers, which are set up to receive product from these trailers.
Oglebay Norton Industrial Sands in San Juan Capistrano is one of our prime shippers and the supplier to La Habra Products. They have recently added several major new improvements to their plant, doubling the production capacity of their screen house. The upshot of these changes has been to increase the speed and quantity of sand being processed. This Orange County plant started producing in 1963 and has years of reserve deposits left.
La Habra Products, Inc. (maker of La Habra Stucco®) was established in 1926 as a manufacturer of colored stucco and is recognized today as the leader in the industry. They pioneered the base and package system that reduced distributors’ inventory cost, and allowed a wide range of colors to be readily available. La Habra has become the nation’s forerunner by developing new products, new formulations and new systems.
If you have a product that requires covered dome hoppers, give us a call at (800) 333-2400. Ask for Danny Ybarra at ext. 1550 or Terry Klenske at ext 1550.
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