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Orange Crush L.L.C.    

Orange Crush, LLC entry into the highway and road building industry began with the awarding of the Irving Park Road paving project in 1930. However, the roots of the company actually go back more than 120 years, when Joseph Palumbo first immigrated to Chicago from Salerno, Italy in 1896.

Joe Palumbo was a horse-trader until the mid-1930s, when he and his sons, Samuel (Sam) and Antonio (Tony), started a scavenger hauling company. At the end of World War II, Sam and Tony Palumbo along with their father expanded the business into a scavenger hauling and excavation business known as Palumbo Bros. Inc.

After that first Irving Park paving job, the company continued building a name for itself in the highway and road building industry by being among the first companies to utilize the latest innovations in road building technology, such as pneumatic tires instead of hard tires on dump trucks and high-lift machinery to load the trucks. The company purchased its first asphalt plant in 1968 and began supplying hot asphalt to other contractors in addition to paving its own projects. In 1991 its name was changed to Orange Crush, LLC, commemorating the purchase of its first crusher (an asphalt and concrete recycler) and the company color of orange.

Orange Crush is currently owned and managed by Joe Palumbo's great-grandson Sebastian "Sam" Palumbo. With five asphalt plant and crusher facilities, Orange Crush is one of the largest asphalt producers in Illinois. The facilities, which are located in East Dundee, Elk Grove Village, Romeoville, Skokie, and Wheeling, produce hot asphalt as well as recycled asphalt and concrete, for use in manufacturing hot asphalt and for resale, aggregates, and emulsions. Orange Crush also maintains a clean construction and demolition debris disposal facility in Romeoville.

With its asphalt producing capabilities, fleet of over 100 trucks, and several hundred pieces of heavy construction equipment, Orange Crush has completed thousands of highway and road building projects along with providing services and material for more than 500 customers in Cook, Dupage, Lake, Kane and Will counties. The Palumbo Companies have never ceased to delivered high quality craftsmanship on time and within budget.

Major customers Orange Crush has worked with include Abbey Paving Co., Inc., ARRP Trucking & Hauling, BNSF Railway, Degen & Rosato Construction, Frank Novotny & Associates, Gilbane, Inc., Glander Paving Co., Inc., The Milord Company, NPL, The Patching People, Inc., Village of Romeoville, Village of Rosemont, Village of Evergreen Park, City of Des Plaines, K. Hovnanian® Homes, Pulte Homes, and Ryland Homes.®

Orange Crush's success is also due to the experience and dedication of its more than 200 laborers, operators, and teamsters, as well as 35 full-time accounting, estimating, project management, and support staff employees. Most employees have an average of 20 years with the company.

"The integration of clearly defined professional and family values has always been the foundation of our thriving business," says Sam Palumbo. "The Palumbo family primary focus has been to embed their family values into their business policies and practices. This has been the cornerstone of our multi-generation success. Employees that have worked for the Palumbo family over the years have been able to grow and learn because the family was there in the midst of the action - by fitting the right tools, equipment and resources with the right employees."

We've also succeeded by making customer satisfaction our top priority," Palumbo continues. "We are willing to do whatever is necessary to get the project completed, whether it's working long hours or on a Saturday, keeping the plant open late, opening it on a week-end, or providing extra equipment, crews, and trucking when necessary. "

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