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2010-09-29 / Front Page

A sweet million for equipment


Last week Michigan Sugar Company took delivery of a $1 million beet piler at their piling grounds east of Sandusky, which is three times the size of their other pilers. The equipment, which was loaded onto seven semi trailers, was built in Fargo, North Dakota and crossed Lake Michigan on the ferry from Wisconsin. Croswell Agricultural Manager Keith Kalso said the new piler will increase grower productivity since it will allow sugar beet trucks to dump their loads in one to two minutes. Here - the dirt eliminator, which is 16 feet tall and weighs 22 tons is being lowered onto the main frame by a 120 ton crane. The company is also installing additional ventilation at the piling grounds, which will allow them to ventilate 5,000 more tons of beets. (Photo by Carol Seifferlein) Last week Michigan Sugar Company took delivery of a $1 million beet piler at their piling grounds east of Sandusky, which is three times the size of their other pilers. The equipment, which was loaded onto seven semi trailers, was built in Fargo, North Dakota and crossed Lake Michigan on the ferry from Wisconsin. Croswell Agricultural Manager Keith Kalso said the new piler will increase grower productivity since it will allow sugar beet trucks to dump their loads in one to two minutes. Here - the dirt eliminator, which is 16 feet tall and weighs 22 tons is being lowered onto the main frame by a 120 ton crane. The company is also installing additional ventilation at the piling grounds, which will allow them to ventilate 5,000 more tons of beets. (Photo by Carol Seifferlein)

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