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!
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
LMC would like to thank all of the people who donated goods and other supplies to help our friends and families in Albany, Georgia. We will continue our efforts to bring assistance to those in need so please feel free to share what you can. You can reach us by calling toll free at 800-332-8232 or sending checks or money order donations, gift cards, canned goods, clothing, school supplies, and personal care products to P.O. Box 428, 615 Highway 84 West, Donalsonville, GA 39845 and we’ll do our best to pass your goodwill to those who could use it most.
Left to right; Jackie Williams, Yan Jianchun, Joey Trice, Xie Huanxiong, Ignacio Pittaro
The end of this week put the wraps on the Sunbelt Ag Expo which is also known as “North America’s Premier Farm Show”. LMC Ag had a booth showcasing our own agricultural products and it was there Lewis M. Carter, Jr. had the opportunity to meet with some representatives from the Nanjing Research Institute for Agricultural Mechanization at the Ministry of Agriculture in China. They were interested to learn more about our cleaning and shelling equipment.
Lewis directed them to our facility in Donalsonville where Xie Huanxiong, a Researcher, and Yan Jianchun, Research Assistant, got to meet with Jackie Williams, Joey Trice, and Ignacio Pittaro, our sales rep for Argentina and Brazil. Xie and Yan were welcomed to see our manufacturing operations and treated to a brief tour of the nearby APG processing plant so they could experience, firsthand, the real-world application of our world class machinery. In short, it was a great meeting of mutual international interests.
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.
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.
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
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%.
New 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
Founded 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