Heavily Diversified Pumper Considers Concrete Crushing and Recycling

Concrete crushing and recycling might be the next diversification move for the wastewater and excavation pros at Snyder & Mylin

Heavily Diversified Pumper Considers Concrete Crushing and Recycling

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Tim Mylin and his sons Matt and Ethan Mylin — who together own Snyder & Mylin Septic Service and several other companies in Drumore, Pennsylvania — never seem to stop thinking of ways to diversify the family enterprises.

Those enterprises include an excavating and septic installation business, portable restroom business, landscape supply business and truck and auto repair shop. At one point in the 1980s, before his sons became owners, Tim Mylin considered building a wastewater treatment plant that would serve septic pumpers in their area of southeastern Pennsylvania, but alas, that dream never came to fruition.

What direction might they grow in next? Ethan Mylin suggests the company might invest in crushing equipment.

“We’ve kicked around the possibility of some crushers here to recycle concrete and blacktop that’s coming in from jobs,” he says. “We’d be able to take it in from other excavators as well. It’s getting harder and harder to find places to go with it.”

There are plenty of uses for repurposed concrete and blacktop, he says.

“You crush it into a recyclable material to be used as a driveway base or things of that nature,” he says. “There are a lot of farmers around here. Farmers usually have a need for rough fill in different area — washouts and stuff.”

Since they already have a landscape supply business, adding crushed concrete or blacktop to the menu could be a good fit, but Matt Mylin says the company isn’t rushing into it.

“Just a crusher unit itself is a pretty sizable investment,” he says. “Newer units run $250,000 to $400,000. We’re still researching it a little more before we jump in.”


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