Large malt producer uses wood chips to fuel power plant

Koda-Energy_LR_21by Gregg Hennigan

If you drink beer, you’ve probably had one that Rahr Malting Co. helped make.

That’s not an exaggeration. The Shakopee, Minnesota based company is one of the largest malt producers in the world and counts everyone from the biggest beer companies to small craft brewers as customers. Malt is germinated cereal grains used in brewing and distilling. [Read more…]

Right tools for the job make recycling asphalt for paving a year-round enterprise at Superior Asphalt.

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Large asphalt plants in the Snow Belt often close down for the winter. Their customers make do with cold mix or warm mix for road patching. Fifteen years ago, however, Superior Asphalt’s owner Jeff Kresnak spotted a potential niche market for his young company in supplying western MI customers with a high quality Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) straight through the bitter Michigan winters. Armed with a top-of-the-line Bagela BA10000 asphalt recycler, and with a variety of lab-tested mixes using an average of 20% RAP, he started his new marketing plan. Since then, with many improvements in both the ingredients and the process, their winter hot mix has become a huge success. The company, with its first large HMA plant located in Caledonia, near Grand Rapids, has been in business since 1983, and has grown exponentially in recent years. [Read more…]