The History Of DeFeo Materials
It All Started With One Truck
In 2016, President Christopher DeFeo saw a need in the aggregate industry. DeFeo spent his earlier days across the country working in the agricultural industry. He there gained knowledge of heavy equipment which he later took to the construction industry. While running equipment, he came to realize people are constantly looking for stone, and thus
DeFeo Materials was born.
Truck Fleet Expansion
Added 2 new Peterbilt 389's to their fleet, to provide more reliable deliveries of stone to their customers.
Working Through Covid
The team went completely remote in 2020 due to the pandemic. DeFeo's field workers faced new challenges, like everyone else. The stone business did not stop during the
Purchased First Large Excavator
We bought Their first excavator in 2020. Weighing in at just under 80,000 lbs. The 2008 Volvo 330 excavator is the heaviest machine in DeFeo's fleet.
Purchased Evoquip Screener
Bought their Evoquip scalper to improve quality, as well as gave them the opportunity to offer 3-5” and 5-10”+ products.
Purchased First Large Wheel Loader
Bought their first large wheel loader, a Caterpillar 980. Equipped with a 7.5-yard bucket capable of an average capacity of 10 tons / bucket. This allowed them to load railcars in ¼ of the time compared to previous years.
Company Began Expanding
DeFeo Materials purchased their first tractor trailer and started hauling additional bulk commodities long distances.
Sales and Distribution Efforts Increased
The DeFeo team started focusing their company on the sales and distribution of landscape stone products. Instead of just hauling material.
The First Distribution Yard
The company opened their first distribution yard in Middletown, NY in partnership with Orange County Mason Supply.
Pallet Distribution Yard
Starting at the end of April, DeFeo Materials began to develop their pallet operations out of Ansonia, CT. The pallet distribution yard is still running today.
Utica Railyard -Site Work Began
Site work for the Utica rail yard started on March 27 th , 2020. The crew worked around the clock for 3 days until the construction was completed taking rotating 16-hour shifts.
The First Rail Shipment
Starting at the end of April, DeFeo Materials began to develop their pallet operations DeFeo Materials began shipping by rail on March 31st , 2020.
Rail service helps to bring their material down to the Southeast regions of the United States. DeFeo Materials serves customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida by rail. Pictured below is their Oakboro Railyard, the first yard DeFeo shipped to. In March of 2023 DeFeo Materials took over the Oakboro, NC transload facility from the ACWR. DeFeo continued its long partnership with Apex Concrete and Asphalt by contracting them to perform the transloading.
Achieving a Cleaner Product
In 2022 they paved their fist bins in Utica that held the 3-5" and 5-10" New England River Rock
Implementation of new and innovative technology
In 2023, DeFeo Materials improved their production process. Product quality is a main value of their company. In April of 2023, they purchased a Terex M 1700X rinse plant that was then setup at their Utica Railyard. To provide enough water to run this plant, they purchased a 6” multi-quip diesel water pump. By washing the gravel on-site, they can ensure it is loaded onto the railcars clean and delivered to their customers with the highest quality possible.
In 2023, the team made a move to Seymour, CT, where they lease a new corporate office. This allows for better communication between team members, and thus improved their operations.
New Distribution Yard
In 2022, DeFeo added a new distribution yard location in Selma, NC, in partnership with Bailey Feed Mills. This yard allows them to distribute to central and eastern NC/SC.
The Biggest Bin Yet
In 2023, they poured their 1-2" and 2-4" New England River Rock bins. The 1-2" bin is the largest bin that they have measuring 200ft by 60ft deep, and is capable of holding just over 6,000 tons. In total, all the bins in Utica hold over 20,000 tons of washed and sized stone ready for shipping.This allows them to supply customers year-round, without needing to produce during the winter months.
Rail Fleet Expansion
Added 15 open top hoppers in January of 2022, capable of holding 118 tons of stone in each railcar.
Rail Fleet Expansion
Added 20, custom made open top ballast cars in March of 2023. This brings DeFeo's rail fleet to a total of 62 cars.