In its earliest stages, the company would provide on-site calibrations, consulting, and troubleshooting service on both an emergency and regularly scheduled basis. Gradually, as AESCO honed its service efforts and increased its customer base, the variety of asphalt plants they serviced expanded in scope as well. The company would eventually evolve from one which simply provided field technical support, to a company that offered replacement parts sales, individual & custom control systems, electrical & mechanical parts supply, design of basic individual plant components, plant efficiency improvements, and plant conversions from batch plants to parallel flow drum mixers.
Within just two years AESCO had carved its name within the industry through its extensive service successes and resulting customer base growth. By the end of 1981 AESCO was one of, if not the only, company in North America offering both retro-fit and after-market sales as well as services and parts for all existing and new asphalt plants.
The growth would continue over the following two years and by the end of 1983, AESCO had attracted the attention of many of the manufactures that supplied individual pre-engineered products to the asphalt industry. As a result, AESCO became a dealer or authorized sales/service representative for many of the well-known brands including those for: burners, belt scales, truck scales, batch plant controls, asphalt tank heaters, asphalt meters, and others.
The years 1984 through 1986 were spent growing a base of loyal customers, as well as expanding company personnel in the areas of service, sales, manufacturing, and administration. AESCO would additionally spend these years expanding its product line, services offered, parts inventory, and capital equipment necessary to support the company’s expanding activities.
1987 – AESCO Relocates To Auburn, WA
To handle this steady growth, in 1987 AESCO relocated its operations to a newly purchased 10,000 square foot facility in Auburn, Washington equipped with a fenced and secured storage area for larger pieces of equipment. At that time, the facility was designed to support the company’s present as well as future operations by providing adequate office, warehouse and manufacturing space.
The following decade spent at the new Auburn location brought about a progressive change for AESCO. There was a noticeable demand from customers who were seeking larger pieces of asphalt plant equipment designed and manufactured with the quality and attention to detail AESCO had become known for. In response to this demand, AESCO focused on strengthening its development of internal structure and mechanical engineering designs. Additional personnel were then brought on to support the company’s widened scope of production and service.
1997 – AESCO Acquires Madsen
Possibly the most monumental year in AESCO’s company history was 1997, when it purchased the exclusive rights to the Madsen name as well as Madsen’s complete asphalt plant product line.
Madsen, which began its operations in 1910, was one of the world’s major asphalt plant equipment producers during its prime, producing over 1,200 batch asphalt plants. While much of these batch type plants utilized older plant technology, AESCO recognized this opportunity to advance itself within the industry, all while providing a benefit to the more than 400 existing Madsen plant owners. The outdated technology of these plants was now under the umbrella of AESCO, an industry expert in retro-fitting plants to extend their viable production.
Just as, if not more important than the business received through the purchase of Madsen, was the world-wide recognition of the Madsen name; as it further endorsed AESCO throughout the U.S. and Canada as an industry heavyweight. In order to maintain the identity of expertise and service AESCO had forged over its first seventeen years, while still tapping into the longstanding industry recognition of the Madsen name; the two were united by the company resulting in the new title of Aesco Madsen.
From 1997 to 2002 Aesco Madsen would design and produce individual products meeting the changing needs of the asphalt plant retro-fit industry. These products would include: recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) handling machinery such as a compact hammermill style RAP crusher; a complete stand alone RAP processing/screening and crushing trailer; the only rotary mixer in the industry without steel tires or trunnions; complete lime/slurry plants; portable and stationary asphalt tanks; portable and stationary mix storage silos; anti-strip, latex, and a myriad of asphalt additive systems.
These years also saw Aesco Madsen debut its first line of complete asphalt plants. The “DM Series” plants consisted of highly portable parallel flow plants ranging in sizes from 80 to 230 tons per hour (TPH). The larger “GB Series” plants were parallel flow drum mix plants ranging in sizes from 250 to 500 TPH. This new line of products brought about greater exposure and, as a result, Aesco Madsen was able to expand its sales reach into Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and even as far as the Russian Republic of Georgia.
2003 – Aesco Madsen Unveils Innovative New Equipment Line
In 2003, increasingly stringent air pollution requirements led the asphalt plant industry to call for more efficient equipment, as well as a means to utilize higher percentages of recycled asphalt pavement (RAP). The industry responded with the introduction of the counterflow drum mixer / dryer, which satisfied both of these requirements. The advanced dryers quickly became the industry standard and catalyzed the eventual fade out of parallel flow drum mixer production.
Being ever conscious of the environmental footprint associated with its products, Aesco Madsen began developing its “CFM Series” counterflow drum mix plant product line ranging in size from 160 to 500 TPH; with the capability of adding upwards of 40% recycled asphalt pavement. Additionally, the development of their proprietary “HRB Series” high ratio baghouses, which required substantially less cloth, low pressure drops, and much less energy to operate would further solidify Aesco Madsen as a leading company among the environmentally conscious asphalt production movement. The year 2003 also marked Aesco Madsen’s development of its “WM Series” self-erect mix storage silo product line, making its counterflow drum mix plants even more portable and user-friendly to erect.
The following six years focused on the development of new products, improvement of existing products and expansion of the company’s base of loyal customers.