Custom Milling & Consulting Inc. in Fleetwood said it has seen a significant increase in grinding, blending and mixing products for clients who do not own milling and grinding equipment.
To respond, the company – which does toll milling of particles for its customers and designs and manufactures milling and grinding equipment in its 45,000 square feet of space in three buildings – in December 2013 broke ground on a 36,000-square-foot property next to its existing site.
And in early 2015, a new warehouse and production facility came to fruition.
By the end of this year, the 12,000-square-foot section of the facility dedicated to wet milling production will be up and fully operational and ready to take on new customers, Ashlee Storie, sales and marketing administrator for CMC, said this morning.
“We will nearly double our processing capabilities,” she said.
Storie also said that the new facility has a good chance of bringing with it new jobs.
Some of the equipment in the expanded facility has been installed, including a new dust-collection system, electrical stations with enough capacity to operate up to 1,000 total horsepower of equipment and 300 square feet of refrigerated storage.
The remaining equipment will be in by the end of the year, including an indoor tank farm outfitted with new tanks for large volume production, an automated filling station to improve batch accuracy and a 90-ton chiller for products that require precise temperature control.
Several new horizontal media mills and process tanks up to 1,500 gallons will allow CMC to manufacture dispersions for a wide range of industries. There will be several high-volume stations with CMC horizontal media mills that will be fully powered and able to achieve sub-micron particle sizes.
All the upgrades of the new equipment will allow processing capacity up to 5,000 pounds per hour and more than 100,000 pounds per day.
In addition to its processing capabilities, CMC is increasing its service offerings for solutions for customers, according to Storie.
Expanded services will include in-house storage, acquisition of raw materials, packaging, labeling, shipping and quality control.
“We are expanding all of the services,” Storie said. “And we are expanding more on what type of industries we can serve.”