To help truckers make even better time, White Rock Quarries has added a fourth outbound scale and installed remote ticket printers at the end of each weigh station. For the majority of customers, this will eliminate the need to stop at the scale house to pick up a weight ticket.
Future improvements will include the installation of a radio frequency card system so most trucks can also bypass the scale house on the way in, further reducing turnaround times.
White Rock Quarries’ four outbound weigh stations (top photo) and new remote ticket printers at each station (above right) mean outbound trucks can get back on the road faster, with less delays at the either the scales or the scale house.
In the end, the big man with the big heart and a lifelong love for big equipment, found that his heart just couldnt quite keep up.
Ed Giersdorf, the burly Manager of North American Coal Corporations Florida Dragline Operations and a close working associate of White Rock Quarries, died of heart failure on November 18, 2000. He was 51.
Ed played an integral role in White Rocks conversion from using several smaller draglines to employing one massive 58-cu. yd. walking dragline to serve its excavating needs. With an office at White Rocks Miami facility, Ed oversaw the daily management of the exclusive dragline operation.
“I had the highest regard for him,
personally and professionally,” said Jim Hurley, WRQs Executive Vice President.
“He was a close friend and will be greatly missed,” said WRQs Operations Manager, Raymond Maddy.
Ed is survived by his wife, Carolee, two sons, Justin and Seth, among other relatives.
A native of Washington State, Ed followed his father into the construction industry, learning on the job at an early age.
After attending college on a football scholarship and serving in the military as a Drill Sergeant, Ed went to work for a large coal mining company in Centralia, Washington, where he was exposed to his first electric walking draglines.
He quickly worked his way to an
operating position, but continued looking for ways to become even more involved. In 1974, he took a salaried position and started working his way through the management ranks.
At age 28, he reached the capacity of Mine Superintendent, making him responsible for some of the largest equipment in the world.
He left the mining industry for about five years to work as a General Superintendent for a large highway construction company, then returned in 1984 when he was hired by a subsidiary of The North American Coal Corporation in North Dakota.
In 1995, he was chosen to head a new project in South Florida for the parent company. He moved to Coral Springs and began working with White Rock Quarries to assemble the work group that would operate and maintain the dragline.
His management and leadership were instrumental in establishing and maintaining the successful dragline operations that are such a critical part of White Rocks success, and he will truly be missed.