DRAPER, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) — You can see it from miles away — that big, bustling mining operation Utahns call the ‘Point of the Mountain.‘
Situated right off I-15, where thousands pass each day, the 400-acre Geneva Rock Products, Inc. (GRP) operation often takes a lot of heat.
“Misconception is we’re just out here doing what we want to do without any regulations… Sometimes it’s perceived that we’re ruining the environment,” said Scott Thayn, Sand and Gravel Area Manager for GRP.
During a recent interview with ABC 4 Utah’s Ali Monsen, Thayn explained that contrary to what many members of the general public might think about the mine, GRP has actually invested more toward sustainability and cleaning up the air than most construction companies in Utah.
“We’re very environmentally conscious of what we do,” Thayn reiterated.
In the process of providing roads and infrastructure for the fastest growing economy in the country, the Utah construction products company is doing what it can to sustain more than just communities.
“We’re a big recycler,” Thayn explained.
With more than 60 years of experience under its belt, GRP has generated powerful ways to conserve resources, recycle asphalt and concrete, and become what Thayn calls a ‘zero-waste facility.’
Thayn says to consider, for example, GRP’s on-site conveyer belt system. It can move 3,000 tons of sand and gravel per hour while using gravity and a motor to create huge amounts of electricity.
“If we were to put that power back into the grid system, we’d be powering about 127 homes over a year period,” Thayn said.
The facility also reuses 1.7 billion gallons of water each year. An on-site 8,000- to 10,000-gallon cyclone reuses the company’s own well water to clean materials.
“The vast majority of that [water] is reused over and over again,” Thayn explained.
Finally, Thayn cites the construction giant’s latest multi-million-dollar investment in lowering emissions across Utah. As part of that project, GRP recently rolled out 25 compressed natural gas concrete mixers, emitting 90 percent less carbon monoxide than most others.
“It’s equivalent to removing 8,000 vehicles a year on the roadways,” Thayn said.
In the end, Thayn admits it is easy to see heavy machinery and blame the logo for how it might appear, but he says the truth is that the state relies on GRP for major development, including the prison, the airport, and dozens of roadways.