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25 Apr
2017

BSC nominates LMC and BASF for manufacturer of the year award

Bainbridge State College is pleased to announce its 2017 Manufacturer of the Year nominees.

Attapulgus Global Refining Catalyst, BASF has been nominated in the medium category (151-500 employees), along with Donalsonville’s Lewis M. Carter Manufacturing (LMC) also in the medium category for the 2017 Manufacturer of the Year in Georgia.

Each year the Technical College System of Georgia institutions across the state nominate industries in specific categories in hopes of them named Manufacturer of the Year by Gov. Nathan Deal. The winners will be announced during Manufacturing Appreciate Week, which will be celebrated April 24—28, 2017.

Read the full article at bainbridge.edu.

Continuous Improvement Project
20 Apr
2017

Continuous Improvement Project

Another continuous improvement project has been completed here at LMC. We added a bridge gantry to our overhead rail crane which will make the handling of our large equipment safer but will also add greater efficiency. This took place on Line 4 which is where we assemble the Amadas machines, our shakers, deck shoes, and various elevators and platforms.

LMC Hosts Bainbridge High School’s Engineering Department
17 Apr
2017

LMC Hosts Bainbridge High School’s Engineering Department

LMC got to host a group of students from Bainbridge High School’s Engineering Department. Their teacher, Mac Lewis, reached out to us in an effort to springboard them into their disciplines of choice which ranged from mechanical to electrical engineering. A few were undecided but we did our best to encourage them to at least travel the world beyond what is familiar to them. In doing so, they’ll get to see the things which bring people together across different cultures. As an international company, LMC strives to do the same.

Special thanks to Zack Conoly for being their tour guide and to everyone else here who helped to share their knowledge with these students. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors!

The Third Time’s a Charm!
29 Mar
2017

The Third Time’s a Charm!

Installation of our new 40 foot tall flagpole was completed today and proudly carries an 8 foot by 12 foot flag. The previous flagpole was about 26 feet tall and met its demise after some strong winds. Our brand new flagpole would tower over the very first one we had which was around 10 feet tall. It only took a few days to cut the sidewalk, place the footer, and pour the cement but it is symbolic of LMC’s commitment to improve and grow our company

15 Jun
2016

LMC and Premium Peanut celebrate at grand opening event

An estimated 550 folks from the peanut nation, local, state and national leaders and the community convened on Barrington Road in Coffee county to celebrate the Grand Opening of Premium Peanut last Friday, April 22nd. Attendees enjoyed lunch, congratulatory remarks and tours of the plant.

Kent Fountain, Chairman of the Board of Premium Peanut, praised the 7 buying points willing to invest and ‘help make things better for their growers.’ The Peanut Buying Points investing in Premium Peanut includes: Dixon Farm Supply, Irwinville Peanut & Grain, Douglas Peanut and Grain, Southeastern Gin & Peanut, Jeff Davis Peanut and Grain, Dixie Peanut Producers and Deep South Peanut.

Continue to georgiacrop.com to read entire story.

LMC Announces Partnership with Grainwright Industries Pty Ltd
15 Feb
2016

LMC Announces Partnership with Grainwright Industries Pty Ltd

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In efforts to provide our Australian customer base with better service and support, LMC is proud to announce our partnership with Grainwright Industries Pty Ltd based out of Toowoomba, Queensland. Grainwright is a startup founded and owned by Daniel Cook and will function as an exclusive sales and service representative of LMC processing equipment. As a further service to the industry, Grainwright will also offer supplementary and complementary product lines to our existing products to help offer entire processing systems.

Daniel has over a decade of experience in the various processing industries. He has worked in both operations and sales throughout his career, providing him with a great depth of background knowledge regarding LMC processing equipment. Daniel’s mechanical and technical expertise is going to be a great benefit to all involved.

This is a very exciting time for us as we continue moving forward and growing our business to provide more markets with our industrial processing equipment. Australia has become one of our largest export markets and we are always looking for ways to better service our loyal customers. For example, although we are only in the planning stages at this time, we hope to soon be able to provide spare parts service in Australia to help reduce freight costs and transit times. This combined with an exclusive in-country representative are only a few of the changes that you can expect to see from LMC in Australia over the coming years.

PLANT DOUBLES CAPACITY
09 Jan
2015

PLANT DOUBLES CAPACITY

plantdoublescapacityNew state-of-the-art technology at Wimpak Export Company will allow the business to double its grain cleaning capacity. Wimpak grain marketing head Todd Krahe said a new processing plant was designed and manufactured specifically for the Minyip company’s pulse grain cleaning operation.

“We have completed the installation of an entirely new cleaning plant,” he said. “It is the only plant of its type in Australia for processing pulse grain.”

United States-based business Lewis M Carter Manufacturing designed the plant. “The old plant was decommissioned on the last day of September with a planned change over time of about six weeks,” Mr Krahe said. “Installation took a little longer than expected, but we now have the plant fully operational.” Mr Krahe said the plant represented a huge step forward in technology.

“The majority of the system is automated and controlled by a single touch-screen,” he said. “We can even link into the control system from a remote computer or iPad to monitor production.”

Mr Krahe said the upgrade was needed to increase throughput capacity. “This has been achieved as we now have the capacity to clean about double the amount of product an hour, compared with the old plant,” he said. Mr Krahe said the electrical work formed a major part of the upgrade. “Everything relating to the old plant was removed and new systems were designed and installed from scratch,” he said. “This was a combined effort between Laser Electrical Horsham and Laser Electrical Ballarat.”

Mr Krahe said Wimpak used Wimmera resources where possible for each step of the installation. He said this included welders, crane hire, electrical work, fabricators and consumables.

Article Written By Erin McFadden
Wimmera Mail Times

LMC Manufacturing Poised for Major Growth
26 Aug
2013

LMC Manufacturing Poised for Major Growth

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Chooses Baldor as its global partner

More than 70 years ago in rural Georgia, Lewis M. Carter developed the concept for the modern peanut sheller. Today, 100 percent of the U.S. peanut crop and a large percentage of the almond crop is processed by LMC equipment.

The company, still run by the Carter family, is now taking its proven technology and applying it into the growth markets of seed, grain, and other pulse crops like chickpeas, beans, and lentils. Currently 60 percent of LMC’s business is export, but with its rich heritage of innovation and a trusted global partner, LMC is prepared for major growth around the world.

L. Marcus Carter III is company vice president and the fourth generation to work at LMC. He says what makes the company unique is its systems approach: the capability to design, build, deliver, and install all of the equipment required to crack, hull, clean, size, and grade products directly from the field, preparing them as food ingredients. But the key to the company’s growth, according to Carter, is custom engineering.

“We take the time to listen to the customer to find out what they expect the machines to do,” says Carter. “We find ways to take their ideas and then build the machines to their specifications. We work hard to give the customer what they want, making sure they have what they need to efficiently clean and process their product.”

While the company was growing, the family determined several years ago that to prepare for major global growth, it needed to find one supplier that could meet all its needs, both in North America and around the world. One reason they chose Baldor, according to Carter, is that the family found a company that worked the same way it does and shares the same values.

“We both take the systems approach, which means we can rely on Baldor for the whole gamut of mechanical and electrical products we need,” says Carter. “Working with Baldor means we have one source for help, and we don’t have to go to eight or ten different people to get answers. Baldor supports us the way we support our customers, and that’s what makes us similar.”

Carter also says product reliability was another selection factor and says they can count on Baldor motors, gearboxes and bearings to perform without fail. But it was Baldor’s global reach that helped LMC reach its final decision.

“It’s great that Baldor has support worldwide, especially as a member of the ABB Group,” says Carter. “It’s one more reason why we chose to partner with Baldor. We want to work with a company that can not only provide global products, but also offer us global support.”
Product quality and reliability was another factor that convinced LMC to choose Baldor as its global partner. This Baldor•Reliance Super-E® motor is powering a vibrating conveyor that is sizing popping corn.

It’s engineering support that is important to Chad Snellgrove, LMC’s R&D engineer. He is working on the next generation of equipment that will meet the demands that customers are making for machines that will move more product and move it faster. He not only appreciates the engineering advice but also likes working with a company that offers so many different types and styles of products, giving him a lot of design flexibility.

But what Snellgrove says he likes the best about working with Baldor is the easy access to critical drawings and other engineering information.

“I know the gearbox type and ratio I want to use, but I need to know if it will fit where I want to mount it on my machine,” explains Snellgrove. “In the past, I would have to take the time to look up all the dimensions in a catalog and draw something myself. With Baldor, I can pull the CAD drawing I need from the website, whether it’s a gearbox, motor or bearing, and stick it in my drawing. I can’t stress to you enough how beneficial this is for us and what a time-saver this is.”

Mike Woodall, LMC’s production manager, has also had positive experiences working with Baldor engineers, most recently with the bearing team developing a new product to fill an LMC need. Woodall says from an operations standpoint, standardizing on one supplier has many obvious benefits, like simplifying the purchasing process and managing inventory. He believes it’s the relationships you build that make the greatest difference.

“I have had the opportunity to visit two Baldor•Dodge plants to learn about lean manufacturing practices, bringing back ideas to incorporate into our facility,” says Woodall. “We have a real partnership. We don’t just look at Baldor as a product supplier; we have a good relationship that allows us to learn from one another.”

In today’s business climate of emerging nations, and with increased global demand for food, LMC is well-positioned to take its business to the next level. Carter says that he has no doubt that his company, with support from Baldor, will have an impact on feeding the world.
In addition to Baldor’s motors, gearing and bearing products, LMC has also standardized on Baldor’s mechanical power transmission component offering, including Baldor•Maska® and Baldor•Dodge sheaves and bushings.

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