Current Project

Utica II Rail Load-Out Piling

Unimin Corporation, located in Utica, Illinois is one of North America’s leading producers of nonmetallic industrial minerals, according to their website Unimin produces quartz, feldspar, nepheline syenite, olivine, calcium carbonate, clay, kaolin, lime and limestone products which are the essential raw materials of many manufacturing process.

On April 13th, 2012, Stark Excavating began work in Utica, Illinois for Unimin Corporation in which our crews were contracted to drive 49 14×89# H-Piles with a total combined length of 990 linear feet. These piles were driven to complete a railroad load-out platform and conveyer foundation.

The Unimin-Utica II Rail Load-out Piling Project was completed on May 9th, 2012. Stark Excavating ultimately drove a total of 2,051 linear feet of piles which is more than double the original contract quantity, while still beating the budget.

When asked if there were any interesting project challenges, Project Manager Matt Fiorentini explained that in order for any Stark personnel to gain access to Unimin premises, each crew member had to be MSHA 24 Hour certified. Stark was on the ball and ensured that 5 additional employees earned their MSHA 24 Hour certification in order to work on this project.

Both Unimin Corporation and McCormick Construction, Inc. (client) as well as Stark Excavating hold safety in the highest regard which greatly reflects upon Stark’s mission statement.