Commercial Parking and Coal Storage: Champaign Coal & Stove Co.

Commercial Parking and Coal Storage: Champaign Coal & Stove Co. Urbana, OH.

US Fabrics was approached 8 years ago by Champaign Coal & Stove owner Pete Aksenczuk, regarding the construction of a parking lot and coal storage facility for his business. The facilities’ regular traffic includes fully loaded semi’s weighing approximately 44,000 lbs.

Pete was skeptical regarding the value of using a geotextile fabric. He had been told by several people that geotextiles did not work well and added little value. This is not uncommon, as many contractors are unfamiliar with the use of geotextiles and rock suppliers see them as a detriment to business.

After speaking with US Fabrics’ Dan Bonn regarding the long track record of success with geotextiles for this specific application, he decided to move forward. Dan recommended US 200, a woven geotextile that meets AASHTO M-288 Class 3 for separation and stabilization applications.

This area was cut out to approximately 4 to 6 inches deep. The US 200 was placed and then covered with 6 inches of compacted rail-road gravel.

 US 200: An “Amazing” Product.

8 years later, US Fabrics received a call from Pete looking to purchase US 200 for another project. He wanted us to know how pleased he was with his decision to use a geotextile. According to Pete, “I have never had to add gravel or re-grade it other than adding a top coating of limestone to the coal storage area this spring.” THAT’S 8 YEARS LATER! Pete is now a true believer in what he describes as an “amazing” product. As the photos below demonstrate, US 200 is an exceptional value and performer:

(8 Years After Insallation)



















US 200 minimizes rutting and prevents intermixing of the aggregate with the soft soils below. Think of US 200 as affordable insurance for your aggregate. It saves time and money by reducing or eliminating the need for additional rock.

US 200 is placed between the aggregate and the subgrade to stabilize the soil, preserve the aggregate and reinforce the surrounding soil. It will also keep mud below the rock from “pumping” up and help keep cleanup to a minimum.

If you are building a road, constructing a parking lot, stabilizing material staging areas or repairing/installing a gravel driveway, US 200 performs at a high level and saves time and money.

  • Minimizes Rutting
  • Improves Performance
  • Reduces Maintenance Costs
  • Prevents Intermixing of Aggregate & Soil
  • Cost-Effective
  • Affordable “Aggregate Insurance”
  • Saves Time & Money
  • High Tensile Strength


If you have a project that you would like to discuss, please contact us a (800)518-2290 or email us at

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