We are committed to being a good neighbor.
Providing Construction Materials. Creating Jobs. Protecting the Environment.
Our proposed operation in Trousdale county will provide a crucial construction material for roads and buildings – known as aggregates. Aggregates are critical to local and regional infrastructure, and are a key ingredient in most new building construction; from churches and schools to hospitals and hotels.
Hunters Point Quarry will support high-paying local jobs and contribute to the Trousdale County tax base. Our quarry will need skilled maintenance personnel, welders, fabricators, electricians, millwrights and heavy equipment technicians - just to name a few.
Preservation of the natural beauty and scenic landscape is of paramount importance to us. With smart planning and attention to detail, quarry operations can effectively blend into the area around it. Property Line Setbacks are established by Trousdale County to help the quarry blend into the community and provide a buffer zone between neighbors and active quarry operations. In these buffer zones, earthen berms will be constructed to further reduce any noise and light from escaping the facility. After the implementation of these buffer zones and berms, those not already aware of a quarry are often surprised to learn of its existence.
When our operations are complete, we reclaim every acre. The property will then enjoy a “second life.” Former quarries have been used in numerous different ways including neighborhoods, fishing lakes, public parks, farms, pasture, permanent conservation and even golf courses. Our neighbors want to preserve Trousdale County’s small-town spirit—and so do we.
The property will be used for one thing and only one thing: a rock quarry to produce construction-grade aggregate, most of which will be used in Trousdale County.
“Aggregate” is a broad term that generally refers to construction materials such as sand, gravel and crushed stone—similar to what you might find on a rural driveway or on a gravel road.
After water, concrete is the most widely used resource in the world.
Modern life—everything from roads, bridges, culverts, and dams to homes, hospitals, and commercial buildings—could not exist without concrete. And concrete would not exist without quarries like ours. The closer the quarry, the more cost-efficient the supply, which means more affordable construction and lower tax burdens on residents.
Every luxury, and necessity begins with either a fiber or a mineral (or both). Of course, fibers are grown: We find them in clothing and paper, for example. Minerals are mined: We find them in construction materials, like concrete, cement, and asphalt. But minerals can also be found in lightbulbs, electrical wiring, AC units, smartphone screens, batteries, circuit boards and even toothpaste.
This quarry will produce construction-grade aggregates. Aggregate is mixed with cement to form concrete or with hot “bitumen” to create asphalt. By composition, both concrete and asphalt are 95% aggregate. In other words, almost everyone reading this has aggregate in their driveway – either as crushed stone without cement and asphalt mixed in (or as part of concrete and asphalt cover).
Aggregate is also used in road construction as “base” to support vehicle weight and as asphalt cover, which all of us use when we travel. Commercial buildings (and schools and offices) with walls and floors made of concrete also require aggregate.
Aggregate is quarried from ground deposits, which formed over millions of years. When a quarry is started, several feet of “overburden” is removed to access the rock base. This overburden will be used to create tall and thick berms to mitigate sound.
Once the overburden is removed, the rock base is then loosened or broken into smaller pieces using modern blasting techniques, then taken to machines on-site that crush the rock it into various sizes. The crushed stone is then sent to nearby markets.
No, our operations are self-contained and have no measurable effect on water flows. There will be a well to supply the office building on-site. Beyond that, most of the water needed by a quarry is pumped from the quarry itself, which collects rainwater in “ponds.” Water is pumped from these ponds and used to contain dust and rinse the rock.
There are three immediate benefits of this quarry:
- First, affordable construction and a reduced tax burden for local residents: Hunters Point Quarry will enable more affordable construction by adding a robust and secure supply of local construction-grade aggregate. That means more affordable homes and hospitals, but also more affordable schools, bridges, and roadways. Local rock means lower tax burdens, plain and simple.
- Second, good jobs: Hunters Point Quarry will create good-paying jobs for local residents. In addition to direct employment opportunities, the quarry will also contract with local vendors and support local small businesses.
- Third, taxes: The quarry will pay substantially higher property taxes to Trousdale County, can be used to fund a number of different activities and causes which benefit the entire community, such schools and first responders.
Bottom Line: The Hunters Point Quarry will turn an essential local resource into an economic engine, keeping good jobs and tax dollars in Trousdale County.
Our work is essential to almost every construction project in Trousdale County, large and small. In fact, everyone benefits from our products virtually every day of their life. From the homes we live in, the roads we drive on, the offices we drive to, and the schools our kids attend: All of it relies on “aggregate,” a natural resource that Hunters Point Quarry will excavate safely and responsibly right here in Tennessee.
Aggregate is critical to building and maintaining essential infrastructure (such as roadways, railways, bridges, locks, levees and canals). At our Hunters Point Quarry in Trousdale County, aggregate comes from limestone, which is found underground. These aggregates include sand, granite and gravel that, along with cement, is essential to the manufacture of concrete (80 percent of which is composed of aggregates).
While it’s hard to imagine, the average American uses 10 tons of aggregate every year. That’s 55 pounds per person, per day, with the average American home built with between 225 and 400 tons of aggregate. So, the next time you’re on a highway, consider that it requires 38,000 tons of aggregate to construct just one mile of four-lane road.