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New asphalt plant opens

A new asphalt plant has opened in the Tafuna area, owned and operated by ICON Pacific Construction Inc.


The company produced their first asphalt mix last Wednesday.


Company co-owner Jim Higgins told Samoa News that their first mix was used as a sample in the yard and “it came out good!”


As of last Friday, the company had yet to secure a local project but with everything ready to go, it’s only a matter of time.


Before this new asphalt plant opened for business, McConnell Dowell was the only producer of asphalt mix in the territory, making them the go-to place for road work.


Higgins said they covered a small patch of driveway to the entrance of Manumalo Baptist Academy in Malaeimi to test out the product and they were satisfied with the results.


He added that testing is ongoing for raw materials like oil and mix.


He said a sample of their asphalt was collected by an independent laboratory from Hawai’i (Construction Laboratories) who have set up shop locally to carry out testing for the American Samoa Government, as well as Michels Corporation and the American Samoa Power Authority.