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Plant grows in Garden Ridge

image L-R: Aaron Hopper, Garden Ridge plant manager; Kenneth Boultinghouse, Garden Ridge QC; Joey Biasatti, regional manager, Paul Villarreal, director of safety; Jimmy Whited Jr., director of HMA/QC, Lane Bybee, president; Steve Hullett, CFO at Austin Material

SAN ANTONIO – Running several large paving jobs in the San Antonio area and seizing the opportunity to self-supply, Austin Materials opened an asphalt plant in Garden Ridge in April of last year. The new plant has been supplying the company’s jobs such as IH-35 in Comal County, IH-35 in Bexar County and IH-10 in Guadalupe County. But the asphalt plant doesn’t just supply Austin Materials’ projects.

    “We also supply a vast number of external customers,” says Joey Biasatti, San Antonio regional manager, who oversees the operations of the local office and the new plant.
    He notes these customers are on equal footing with Austin Materials on the supply side, saying they are not pushed to the back of the line because an internal job jumped in front of them. It’s first come, first served – whether the order is internal or external.
    Between the paving and materials groups, San Antonio accounts for about 80 of the company’s estimated 250 employees.
    “Our whole team at Austin Materials, from labor all the way to president, is a very tight-knit group,” he adds. “It’s a very strong, energetic group that is basically changing the way we’ve done business and really establishing ourselves in the Central Texas market.”
    Biasatti joined the company just over a year ago and prior to that, he worked for a building products company for 12 years. He and his wife, Courtney, have been married for 12 years and have a 7-year-old daughter, Isabella; 5-year-old daughter, Adriana; and 16-month-old son, Blake. Isabella plays softball, and Biasatti coaches Adriana’s soccer team.
    Austin Materials is based in Austin with an office in New Braunfels. The company has three asphalt plants and two rock quarries in the Austin area and opened an asphalt plant in the San Antonio area one year ago. –mh

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