BoDean Company, founded in 1989 by Dean Soiland and his wife Belinda, is celebrating its 25th year of industry service. Its Mark West Quarry in Santa Rosa, Calif., is the world’s first solar-powered quarry. BoDean Company has long prided itself on a commitment to a “total” sustainability culture. Its achievements in solar power are supported by numerous initiatives, which include ongoing processing equipment upgrades and energy-saving equipment modifications, water conservation, recycle, RAP, warm mix asphalt technology, solar drying, heat recapturing, and reclamation.
“Our entire organization has made a full commitment to ‘green initiatives’ by continually conducting energy audits and examining every aspect of what we do – from the types of motors and starters we use, to how we deal with waste, and on to such complexities as photovoltaic (solar) power,” says Soiland. “Being in the aggregate industry requires a long-range perspective where a combination of any and all sustainability efforts – whether big or small – adds up to major paybacks. It’s the right thing for our environment. It improves our industry’s image and our local community relations. It helps our customers attain LEED objectives – and it’s profitable,” he says.