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Coshocton Materials poised for Coshocton business boom

Dale Dart, plant manager for Coshocton Materials, processes a load of concrete for delivery to a customer at the new facility on County Road 621. It has 12 employees all from Coshocton County. Along with the concrete plant, a gravel plant should be running by the first of the year and a showroom will offer construction and landscaping materials for the general public.

  • Coshocton Materials, owned by Melway Paving, recently opened the doors of its concrete plant.
  • A gravel side is to running by first of the year and a showroom will be added with various items.
  • The company has 12 employees from Coshocton County and sits on 300 acres, mostly for gravel mining.
  • Officials said they opened the Coshocton site because they feel Coshocton is ripe for business expansion.

COSHOCTON – Feeling that Coshocton is poised for a great expansion of business and industry has led Melway Paving of Holmesville to open Coshocton Materials.

The new facility at 23674 County Road 621, behind Walmart, allows Melway, founded in 1964, to better serve and grow its client base in Coshocton County and the surrounding area, including Tuscarawas and Muskingum counties.

The gravel side is still being developed, but the concrete manufacturing portion is operational with materials being brought in from other Melway sites. The gravel plant should be running by the first of the year.

Melway has a concrete plant in Millersburg, asphalt plants in Holmesville and Lodi and gravel plants in Holmesville and Millersburg.

Bruce St. Clair, operations manager for Melway, and Dale Dart, plant manager for Coshocton Materials, live in Coshocton County. From being local, St. Clair knows that Coshocton County is getting ready to boom.

“We’ve been waiting for Coshocton to grow and we feel it’s getting ready to go,” he said. “With the roads here, the workforce here, the people here; all the other towns you look at with road access are really starting to boom. This corridor through here just feels like a natural fit.”

Coshocton Materials sign and building located on County Road 621 behind Walmart.

Additionally, he said the location was ideal being just off U.S. 36 and Ohio 83 for transportation and the gravel reserves mean they’ll have fresh material for many years.

“It puts all our plants in a straight line,” St. Clair said.  

Concrete has a certain time frame to be used after being made. The longer the haul time, the less time the finisher has to work with it. That means some customers have gone from waiting more than an hour for service from the Millersburg site to less than a half hour now. The Cooperdale and Wakatomika area couldn’t be serviced before because how long it would take concrete to arrive.

“We don’t have trucks on the road for long distances for long times. We don’t need as many trucks to get better service to our customers here. That’s what we were looking at,” St. Clair said. “It was driven by customer service.”

Coshocton Materials has 12 employees, all from Coshocton County. The property is about 300 acres and features a main facility for processing and a mine area for digging of natural materials to be turned into concrete. A truck wash will also be installed. Available from the site will be ready mix concrete, sand, limestone, gravel and construction supplies.

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