In construction and demolition settings, a standard aspect of the operation is the hauling away of unwanted material.
Trucks used to perform that task often utilize tarping systems to contain the load. There are a variety of options offered in the market, so the right tarp can be used for the job in question.
Deroche Canvas is a leading mid-Atlantic region manufacturer of standard and custom industrial tarps for transportation end markets such as waste removal, recycling, general hauling, construction, environmental remediation and agriculture. “We also install many different types and brands of tarping systems at our Belvidere, New Jersey and Dayton, Ohio facilities,” said Kevin Gulick, vice president, operations. “Founded in 2001, we’re known for high quality products and superior service. Our customers know that they can count on us for tarps made in the U.S. from the best materials available. We understand the challenging environments in which our products are used, tailor our tarps to suit customer needs and deliver consistent quality. That is why you see our logo on truck tarps all over the East Coast,” Gulick commented.
Deroche opened a Dayton location in 2016 and in addition to growth in that region, continues to expand beyond its mid-Atlantic roots. Gulick added, “We offer customers a unique proposition; tarps of the highest quality for their dump trucks, trash trucks, flatbed trailers, dumpsters, etc. installed on the system brands of their choice.”
“This industry is constantly on the move, and our operations focus on speed and quality. As technology evolves, we continually improve our production methods. Product quality is maintained, our customers can return to the road faster and ease of use for the operators may even improve. For example, tarps made from our varied mesh materials are some of our most popular products. Mesh allows a tarp to be lighter and easier to handle than other material options. Also, due to the weave of the mesh, it provides the strength and durability needed for transporting many loads. Other applications may require the use of vinyl and airbag material. As a durable and waterproof material, vinyl is ideal for applying a truck or trailer custom logo and a variety of colors are available,” concluded Gulick.
John Beule, sales manager, Harps Tarps, explained, “Our tarps, manufactured in the U.S. since 1976, are used for containing aggregate in the dump truck trailer market, and to cover product in the flatbed trailer market. We also manufacture automatic tarp systems, and we take pride in the way we manufacture our products. Our main focus for tarps is durability, and for tarp systems it is ease of installation. This is our goal for how we design and manufacture our products: the product will lower the total cost of ownership and the customer saves money in the long run by avoiding repeated product replacement.”
He also said that with the passing of several highway renovation bills, and with the potential for more such legislation in the future, Beule looks for continued growth as the firm’s products are quickly adapted for industry changes, as they arise.
“The growth Harp’s Tarps has experienced over the years is due in part, to our flexibility and responsiveness to our customers’ needs. Our employees are dedicated to customer satisfaction. Our sales representatives are specialists in the field, and they want to get to know you, to understand your business, and to satisfy your needs,” said Beule.
Pulltarps offers a full line of tarping systems: semi-automatic systems, manual & electric arm systems, front to back cable systems, tower systems, bunker systems, and weather and shade curtain systems. Bryan Elzey, general manager, described the details: “Our semi-automatic Pulltarps systems are great for most applications and are an economical solution. Standard systems can be converted to a manual arm kit. The manual arms mount to the side of the truck body and lift the tarp over the load. Automatic arms have an electric motor to retract the tarp back into the housing. The arms automatically deploy the tarp using spring tension within the arm pivot. Automatic arms are great for any application up to 40’. Tarping peaked loads are made easy because the arms lift the tarp up and over the load. Front to back cable systems are rugged and reliable featuring zinc plated or aluminum parts for rust protection and better appearance. System bows are 1-1/8” galvanized steel and can be replaced without removing the cable.”
Elzey said their telescoping tower system is designed specifically for the waste industry and adjusts from 72” lowered, to 120” when fully extended. Pulltarps bunker covers are spring loaded and semi-automatic in operation with safe one-man ground operation. Their weather and shade curtain systems are custom made to protect you and your property from wind, rain, snow and sunlight.
The company was founded in 1992 when the original Pulltarps spring-return truck tarping system was created and sold. “Unlike many of our competitors, all Pulltarps products are manufactured at one of three U.S. locations. Because we manufacture all parts included in our systems, customization is a quick and easy process. Setup and installation of our systems depends on the style of the dump bodies involved, mounting point for the system and whether the system is manual or electric. We’ve been installing an increased number of electric systems and high mounts for new truck bodies.”
Elzey noted that Pulltarps caters to the open-top hauling industry and each state has its own rules for covering a load while driving. The California regulations are 23114 and 23115: 23114 states that no vehicle shall be driven or moved on any highway unless the vehicle is so constructed, covered, or loaded as to prevent any of its contents or load other than clear water or feathers from live birds from dropping, sifting, leaking, blowing, spilling, or otherwise escaping from the vehicle; 23115 states that no vehicle transporting garbage, swill, used cans or bottles, waste papers, waste cardboard, ashes, refuse, trash, or rubbish, or any noisome, nauseous, or offensive matter, or anything being transported for disposal or recycling shall be driven or moved upon any highway unless the load is totally covered in a manner that will prevent the load or any part of the load from spilling or falling from the vehicle.
Published in the March 2017 Edition of American Recycler News