Custom Dredge Works (CDW) announced the delivery and launch of a 12-in. electric-powered Cutter Suction Dredge at Eastern Shore Sand & Gravel, which is owned by York Building Products. The dredge has an 85-ft.-long ladder capable of comfortably mining in water depths up to 62 ft..
A Cutter Suction Dredge is a floating mining-oriented machine that pulls sand and gravel up from the bottom of a mining pit that is mostly filled with water. Often, mining companies have a negative view of the accumulation of water in a mine. However, if the production criteria and objectives of the mine support the addition of a dredge, more often than not, the dredge meets or exceeds production goals – and at the lowest cost per ton.
York Building Products is one of the largest concrete products manufacturers in the United States. It has christened the dredge “The Mary Beth.” The dredge is successfully achieving the mining production objectives that York set forth and expected.
Custom Dredge Works’ President John Jones is very excited and confident in the effectiveness of this new dredge to achieve or exceed production goals and ambitions. “Our focus was to design and deliver a World-Class Flagship Dredge to York Building Products. We believe that we have achieved that,” said Jones. “We are excited to see this advanced dredge aid York in its aggregate mining operations in Maryland.”