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I-40 Paving Project Highlights Albuquerque Asphalt’s Hyper-Streamlined PM Operations with Two-Man Crews on Service Trailers Requiring No CDL/HAZMAT

June 2024

By Eric Swan, Territory Sales Manager, Thunder Creek Equipment

For Albuquerque Asphalt — a team of more than 200 people spread across asphalt, dirtwork, concrete, crushing and production crews — it’s an extremely deliberate deployment of people and resources to ensure optimal asphalt quality while also working efficiently enough to make business profitable. That includes the timely and efficient performance of preventive maintenance (PM) activities.

Albuquerque Asphalt restructured its PM work to move away from larger service trucks that required drivers to have a CDL and HAZMAT endorsement. It became increasingly difficult to find those drivers, and those who do have the endorsements don’t always have the mechanic’s mindset to do PM work. The solution: a two-person team matched with a truck hauling a Multi-Tank Oil [MTO] 690 trailer from Thunder Creek Equipment.

With their business growth has comes more equipment, a greater scrutiny on uptime, and a changing mindset on how to perform PM work. The previous method involved larger lube trucks that required drivers with a CDL and HAZMAT endorsement. It was this challenge that led Albuquerque Asphalt to Thunder Creek’s MTO 690 trailers.

“Now we have three of these units and we haven’t bought any more service trucks,” says Robert Wood, president and partner, Albuquerque Asphalt.