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LMC Announces Partnership with Grainwright Industries Pty Ltd
15 Feb

LMC Announces Partnership with Grainwright Industries Pty Ltd


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.

LMC Extends Reach in Walnut Shelling Industry
10 Jun

LMC Extends Reach in Walnut Shelling Industry

After decades of providing equipment for the walnut shelling industry, LMC has continued to expand its reach each year, due largely in part to California sales representative Beeler Industries. LMC’s most recent venture with Beeler Industries was to design and provide equipment for Poindexter Nut Company’s processing plant located in Selma, California.
Poindexter Nut Company was founded in 1969 as a small roadside walnut dehydrator in the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley. Today, Poindexter Nut Company has grown to be one of California’s leading walnut handlers and processors.

Poindexter Nut Company’s commitment to continued improvement is demonstrated through their state of the art walnut processing plant. Currently, the facility is processing over 50 million pounds of walnuts per year and can be expanded to process 120 million pounds of walnuts per year.

  • 200,000 square foot facility
  • Over 61,000 square feet of cold storage space
  • State of the art processing lines and laser sorters
  • 10 silos
  • Patented Napasol pasteurization
  • Highly automated casing, packaging, and palletizing equipment
  • 1.1 megawatt (MW) solar farm

In addition to the current Napasol steam pasteurization system, Poindexter Nut Company has ordered the largest U.S. walnut Napasol pasteurization system to handle growing demand for naturally pasteurized walnuts. The new system has a throughput of 13,000 pounds per hour and is anticipated to be operational in March 2016.
At the beginning of this month, Poindexter Nut Company finalized an agreement to expand the existing 1.1 MWdc solar capacity by another 1.4 MWdc. The expansion projects comprise of two solar photovoltaic systems sized at 297.6 kilowatts (kWdc) and 1078.8 kWdc. The addition of the new solar system will boost overall solar generation to nearly 4 million kWh of clean solar power annually. This reduces the amount of Poindexter Nut Company utility power usage by up to 85%.


09 Jan


Significant-investment-in-growth-of-business-at-WimapkFounded in 1998 by a group of progressive farmers with a mission to add value to locally produced grains, Wimpak Export Company P/L in Minyip is a grain cleaning and packing business that buys and sells predominately pulse grains.

Since its beginnings, Wimpak has undergone continual investment and some significant milestones as the business has grown and developed over the last 14 years, which now includes the installation of a new ‘state of the art’ cleaning plant in preparation for this year’s harvest. Jo Cameron, Wimpak’s General Manager, said Wimpak had the ability to clean grain that falls outside the Australian Pulse Standards, thereby allowing growers to obtain premium prices for their cleaned product. “The quality of pulse commodities this harvest has proven to vary considerably, so the installation of a new cleaning plant is timely and will ensure that we can effectively clean grain for our growers while offering competitive prices.” “The new LMC cleaner almost doubles Wimpak’s previous cleaning capacity. Read More

09 Jan


grantdamianA Wimmera agricultural business is providing an example of how regional services are providing broadacre cropping farmers with opportunities to make the best of poor situations. Minyip grain-cleaning and packing business Wimpak Export Company is in the early stages of assessing pulse-harvest results across the region and starting to handle more samples. General manager Jo Cameron said expectations had gone from early hopes of a big harvest to making sure growers had access to reliable and efficient grain-handling services. “Importantly, we’re making sure our clients can get the most from disappointing yields,” she said. Wimpak, which buys and sells predominantly pulse grains, is already seeing the benefi ts of a new state-of-theart grain cleaner it is installing for this year’s harvest. Read More

Principles & Values
28 Oct

Principles & Values


  • We are honest. You can believe what we say and do.
  • We put our customers needs ahead of our own. Their success determines our success.
  • We are passionate about our work.
  • We respect all people.
  • We handle tough times; we get it done while keeping our standards high.
  • Improvement comes from success and failure. Creativity matters!
  • Work should be enjoyable.
  • We take care of each other, our environment and our resources.
  • We seek to glorify God, by doing the right thing.





LMC is teaching the world a better way to build it – right here at home.
02 Aug

LMC is teaching the world a better way to build it – right here at home.

64563_largeSteven Chivilo, the president of LMC Canada, located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, brought two gentlemen from ProAgroTech, Stavropol, Russia to Donalsonville this past week. While here, they were treated to tours of the  American Peanut Growers Group’s peanut shelling plant in operation and the LMC factory.

Aaron Baldwin, the project manager, and Vitaliy Buzu, the managing director of North Caucasus Development Company of Essentuki, Stavropol Region, were here to complete negotiations for an LMC designed seed cleaning plant to condition soybeans, sunflower seeds and edible beans. 
ProAgroTech currently farms 100,000 acres of soybeans and will be conditioning seeds for themselves and their neighbors. The plant will also produce edible quality sunflower seeds and beans for consumer markets. 
ProAgroTech operates in the Stavropol region located in southern Russia between the Black and Caspian Seas. The plant’s design is based on those designed and constructed by LMC operating in Arkansas, North Carolina and Alberta, Canada. Plans are for the plant to be in operation in February 2015, preparing seeds for next Spring’s plantings.

Source: Donalsonville News


26 Jun

Chowchilla nut cooperative doubles down on almonds, adds state-of-the-art huller/sheller for 2014 harvest season

Contact: Mike Beeler, (209) 545-0740
Jeff Hamilton, (559) 665-1185

The next-generation almond huller and sheller – and the food safety and product quality advantages it provides – will be the center of attention Friday at an open house hosted by Minturn Hullers Co-op of Chowchilla.

The $24 million project took more than two years to design and build. It is the first of its kind in California’s $4 billion almond industry. It will allow Minturn to double its capacity and have a seasonal output of more than 150 million meat pounds.

Beeler Industries of Salida took the huller/sheller project from concept to completion. It features innovative separation technology from Lewis M. Carter Manufacturing of Donalsonville, Ga., and industry-leading “Process Air” and filtration equipment from Donaldson-Torit of Minneapolis. The machinery footprint is about the size of a football field. A 61,000-square-foot structure houses the process equipment, bulk shipping and warehouse.

“It’s one of the largest hullers and shellers in the valley,” said Mike Beeler, owner and president of Beeler Industries.

The open house is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 27 at Minturn’s plant, 9080 S. Minturn Road, Chowchilla. Lunch will be served and representatives from all four companies will be on hand to talk about the project.

For Minturn, the investment represents its strong belief that the state’s almond market will continue to thrive thanks to strong domestic consumption and the huge appetite for nuts among consumers in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

“This project, in and of itself, pretty much states what our view of the California almond industry is and what we think of that future. It is very bright,”said Jeff Hamilton, Minturn’s general manager. “Our existing grower members are continuing to expand their operations. … This facility will allow us to take care of growers that have been committed to this cooperative for so many years.”

The increase in production volume was a key part of the decision to invest in the project, Hamilton said. The Madera County cooperative processed more than 80 million meat pounds of almonds in 2013, making it one of California’s top five huller/shellers.

The equipment features a cutting-edge approach to air handling, which will minimize dust, dramatically increase sanitation and allow the processed nuts in and out of shells to be loaded onto trucks in an environmentally controlled space.

“We’re trying to increase capacity and food safety at the same time,” Beeler said.

Quality is another important aspect of the new processor. Early removal of hull, LSK and foreign materials provide cleaner, high-quality products and increased output. The single-level, low-profile system also provides ease of access, allowing operators to quickly sample, adjust, maintain and sanitize equipment.

Hamilton said he will add two 10-person shifts to operate the new machine. The company’s two existing sheller/hullers will remain in production.

“We will be able to process our growers’ product in less than half the time previously needed,” he said.

Minturn Hullers began in 1966 and has grown from 120 members to more than 300. In the past two decades, its production volume has increased from 12 million meat pounds per year to more than 80 million meat pounds. In the past four seasons, processing has lasted until mid-January.

Beeler Industries was founded in 1989 in Salida and makes equipment for processors of almonds, walnuts and pistachios. The company has designed and built some of the most cutting-edge equipment available and continues to be an innovator in the agricultural manufacturing industry.



11 Apr

LMC to attend annual convention of the Almond Huller and Processors Association

LMC’s Lewis Carter and Grant Bruner will be attending the 2013 Almond Huller and Processors Association Annual Convention. The 2013 AHPA Convention will be held from April 29 – May 3 at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey, California and registration is now available on the Almond Huller and Processors Association’s website.

“This is such a wonderful, informative assembly. LMC’s greatest benefit is to see everyone and renew years of friendships and relations,” said Lewis Carter. “While a lot of our original customers still call us the peanuts guys, 2014 with be the 30th anniversary of LMC ‘s starting to offer goods and services to the almond business!”

The mission of the AHPA is to provide information, ongoing education, innovative tools and advocacy for companies in the almond industry. LMC greatly values its membership in the organization.