Our construction began early Spring 2017. We were fortunate enough to get our hands on some additional land right behind our operations. We found that this was the perfect spot to expand and construct our newest expansion. This Conversion Facility will be able to receive all of the bi-product directly from Rantoul Foods. We will also be hauling all of Trim-Rite's bi-product to our new facility.
This facility will be ran by only two people and controlled entirely by an iPad. This is surely the most state-of-the-art Rendering Facility, to date. We will be working with 300,000 lbs. in an 11 hour period. From this 300,000 lbs., we will be able to make 75,000 lbs. of Bone Meal and 11,000 gals. of Choice White Grease. We will also be turning the steam into recycled water for our farmers to wash out their trucks after dropping the hogs off.
Not only is this 45,000 sq. ft. facility going to be the home of our new, state-of-the-art cut floor, but also features many necessary upgrades for expansion. It will also include a box building mezzanine, a new combo cooler, and three loading docks. We broke ground on this expansion Fall 2017. We are set to finish construction this summer and begin install equipment Fall of this year.
Our biggest excitement for our cut floor is our capability to separate lefts from rights. This is going to do wonders for our precision and yields. Oddly enough, by separating the two sides, we will be be moving slower while increasing our output. We will also have the ability to double our capacity without needing to double our employment. We look forward to bettering our cuts for you all.
We have also found an incredible piece of machinery that we have made a large capital investment in. We have purchased an Automatic Belly Trimmer. This ABT will help us to increase our yields and focus on the precision of the water jet. We will now have the capability to put your individual specs into our system. From there, the machine will select which belly will be the most fitting options, while minimizing loss of product.
We began construction on our CO2 Facility last fall. Due to the Illinois winter we've had this year, the project has been on and off. In order to construct this, we had to dig down nearly 40 ft. With the snow coming and going, we had to plan around this. By installing this new CO2 Stunner, we will now be able to meet capacity that is assigned to our facility by the USDA. We are increasing our hogs/hr. by over 37%. We will still keep our old CO2 Stunner. This is will now be our backup.
Barn exapansion to follow- Summer 2018