rainy spells and dry spells, but noth-ing had to be done over. Everything we applied held up.” Fertilizer added around the vari-ous warehouses also varies. Tackifier was not needed because the Soil Guard already includes it. Reflecting on his years of perform-ing erosion control work, Webster says, “No job is alike; every job is unique. You’re always dipping into resources, finding products that are the most effective for the project. Nothing sur-prises us anymore.” State Route 202 Located in West Chester, PA, Ram-T Corporation is a full-service erosion control, hydroseeding, and landscap-ing firm working in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. What’s not typical in the field of erosion control is that Deborah Turner and her daughter Ashley Kreutzer own Ram-T. Turner and her brother-in-law, whose last name is Ramirez, founded the firm. The company’s name comes from a combination of the founders’ names: the first three letters of Ramirez, and the T for Turner. Turner kept the name after her brother-in-law left the company. Kreutzer grew up watching her mother at work in a male-dominated field. She chose to study fashion design in college and worked in the industry in New York City. It wasn’t as ideal as she expected, though, so she returned to Ram-T and focused her creative ideas on landscape design projects. Gradually Kreutzer learned from her mother and other Ram-T employ-ees how erosion control work is done. Many of the employees have been with the firm for 20 years, so they have a lot of expertise to call on. These days Turner focuses on the financial side of the business and long-term plans. Kreutzer, as general superintendent and vice president of operations, manages the daily demands of fieldwork from working with con-tractors, to scheduling crews for jobs. “Our SR [State Route] 202 project is one of the largest ones we’ve done. It’s a major roadway, and Penn DOT [Pennsylvania Department of Trans-portation] breaks it down into two separate projects,” says Kreutzer. “We 18 EROSION CONTROL worked with two different contractors on the two different sections.” The two general contracting firms are R.E. Pierson Construction Com-pany of Pilesgrove, NJ, and Allan Myers of Worcester, PA. Ram-T is responsible for all of the erosion control work needed on this project, covering a total area of more than 15 acres. SR 202 runs from Exeter to King of Prussia, PA. The heavily traveled road is a major thoroughfare and needed to be widened and renovated. Ram-T began working on the project in 2012, “and we’ll close it out this year,” says Kreutzer. “At one time we had five crews working at once on dif-ferent projects [within the overall job]. That changes day to day.” She says the most challenging part of this major project is access. “The road had to remain open. We had a lot of different traffic patterns, a lot of lane closures. “We had to get very creative in getting our materials in. We can’t get trucks close to trees, so we had to move For related articles: www.erosioncontrol.com material by hand. Access has been a challenge throughout the project.” Working year around in Penn-sylvania’s four-season climate has also brought challenges for Ram-T’s crews. “The winter of 2014 was very bad. The entire project shut down for two months. Our primary contractor could do little work in January and February. Every four days or so, we were getting snow, and the tempera-tures ranged from zero to 20 degrees,” recalls Kreutzer. The SR 202 project is being done under the increasing regulations on federal, state, and municipal levels, typical of major erosion control projects today. Documenting the firm’s com-pliance with these regulations falls to Kreutzer. “The paperwork on this project is not for the faint of heart,” she declares. “The primary contractors have held WWW.EROSIONCONTROL.COM RAM-T CORP.