PITTSFIELD -- The Lane Construction Corp. of Connecticut has closed the asphalt plants it operated in Adams and Pittsfield and consolidated those operations at its Lee facility.
The company decided to close those plants for good after they were shut down for the winter in November, said Lane spokeswoman Laura Lee Heckman.
"It made more sense due to where our customers are based," Heckman said, referring to the decision to consolidate services at the Lee plant on Willow Hill Road. "It's not a disruption to our customers. It made better business sense."
Lane's plant in Lee began distributing hot mix asphalt on Monday.
Lane's Pittsfield plant was located at the company's Berkshire County headquarters on East Street, while the Adams facility was located on Howland Avenue.
Three of the five employees who worked at the Adams and Pittsfield plants have been laid off, Heckman said. The two others are working in Lee.
Lane did not receive the bid to provide asphalt in Berkshire County last year, said Pittsfield Public Works and Utilities Commissioner Bruce Collingwood, noting that city crews also have access to blacktop at a Maxymillian Construction facility on East Street.
As far as Lane's plant is concerned, Collingwood acknowledged that city crews will have to travel farther to obtain hot mix asphalt this year, but said that time lost through distance can be made up for with careful planning.
"You'll need to plan ahead better depending on what you need at a time," Collingwood said.
Adams Town Administrator Jonathan Butler did not return a telephone calling seeking comment.
Based in Cheshire, Conn., Lane and its affiliated companies own and operate 70 asphalt, trans mix and crushing facilities, and 11 quarries from the Eastern Seaboard to Texas, according to the company's website.
Lane also maintains branch offices in Sheffield and Canaan, Conn.
Founded in 1890, Lane has 4,500 total employees. The company specializes in heavy civil construction services, and products in the transportation, infrastructure and energy industries.
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