Many companies want to make it big, but a local company wants to make it small- or rather, make things small.
Buskirk Engineering in Wells County takes things of all sizes and squeezes them down into pellets, making transporting certain products easier.
These tiny pellets are helping them make it big--and they're the only company doing it in the country.
"We're only one of the only American manufacturers of a flat die pellet mill. The deal was, when this was started by John Buskirk, was [that] he saw a need, there was either Chinese pellet mills, or big CPM ring die pellet mills, industrial-sized equipment," says Buskirk Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ty Stoppenhagen.
Even though they are small, these pellets serve a big purpose--taking materials that are big and lightweight and shrinking them.
"Taking lightweight polypropylene, what's on the outside of a pop bottle, for instance. Pelletizing that, densifying it for transportation. So people didn't have to pay truckload after truckload for a really lightweight material," Stoppenhagen says.
Buskirk's pellet mills are almost entirely made in-house and locally, and they can pelletize just about anything- hops, animal feeds, and many forms of waste materials.
"[We're seeing] a lot with the hop growers. And we've kind of seen a new market in hemp processing... I'm getting a lot of people, a lot of calls from guys wanting to create their own feeds... We're working on a really big project right now in Austrailia for race club facilities. Basically taking their manure and straw waste, or bedding, turning that into a valuable product in fertilizer... So we're taking that bill away, which is a no-brainer inm itself, and then adding value to it. I don't see how anybody can lose in that type of situation," Stoppenhagen says.
And they're doing it all over the world.
"Thirty-eight countries, six continents...there's no one besides us manufacturing a flat die pellet mill in America, there's no one that offers a turnkey system, ready to pelletize, off a truck," Stoppenhagen says.
Find out more about Buskirk Engineering at http://www.buskirkeng.com/
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