E.R. Snell: Georgia’s Experienced Asphalt Experts

As one of the largest asphalt paving contractors in Georgia, we have perfected the art of providing our customers with high-strength, durable asphalt, and a smooth-riding surface. With 11 plants across North Georgia – from Augusta to Paulding County – E.R. Snell Contractor, Inc. is a leading asphalt provider for contractors, private owners, and municipalities. Our well-maintained plants, experienced technicians, and teams of quality control experts work to provide you with optimal materials for any job.

Founded in 1923, E.R. Snell has grown from six individuals to over seven hundred employees. Our operations have expanded from building rock culverts and walls, to bridge work, to the wide variety of services we offer today. Our ownership made the strategic decision to diversify the business and grow E.R. Snell by acquiring and developing an asphalt division in 1990. Recently we’ve repaved projects on I-85, I-20, and I-285 from Gwinnett to Fulton to Douglas counties. Chances are if you’ve driven down a road in metro Atlanta, we’ve paved it.

Why Asphalt?

Asphalt is a composite material commonly used in the construction of roads, highways, airport taxiways, parking lots, and many other types of pavement. The modern use of asphalt for road and street construction began in the late 1800s and grew rapidly with the rise of the automobile industry.

Frequently called blacktop, asphalt provides a smooth driving surface that can last for more than a decade. It’s also very recyclable so, as old roads are torn out to get ready for re-paving, the old asphalt material can be ground up and used as part of the mix to make the new asphalt. It’s also quicker to pave roads using the material so highways and streets can re-open faster after a project is completed. So, the next time you get stuck for a few minutes waiting in traffic for pavers to finish the job, remember that you’ll have a smoother ride for years to come.

What’s Involved in the Asphalt Process?  

All E.R. Snell asphalt plants are conveniently located in rock quarries to expedite the production process. It’s here that rock is combined with the liquid petroleum product and heated to create the asphalt mix which is a blend of rock, liquid AC and other materials including recycled asphalt.

Once mixed, a dump truck is driven under a silo where the plant operator drops the asphalt mix into the truck. The material is then delivered to the laydown division on the job site to begin placing the product. With 11 plants all around Georgia, we can easily transport asphalt to many projects across the state helping to keep transportation costs down.

Since it has to be at least 45 degrees outside to lay down asphalt, we take time in the slower winter months to get ready for the busy summer season and do plant maintenance at our locations across Georgia:

  • Elberton Plant
  • Friendship Plant
  • Lithonia Liquid Terminal
  • Lithia Springs Plant
  • Norcross Plant
  • Athens Plant
  • Augusta Plant
  • Good Hope Plant
  • Lithonia Plant
  • Paulding Plant
  • Stockbridge Plant
  • Tyrone Plant

It takes hard work and ingenuity to succeed in road construction. It also takes an eye to the future and the commitment to get there. We conduct our business with the highest standards of ethics set forth by E.R. Snell more than 90 years ago and will continue to uphold these principles and values for years to come in every commitment that is made by the company. Interested in learning more about working with asphalt and E.R. Snell? We are always looking for bright and talented individuals to join our family of workers. Contact us or check out our job board today! If you are interested in finding out more about our asphalt services or purchasing asphalt, please contact Chuck Garrett at cgarrett@ersnell.com.