A Report on our Kerman Plant # 1 Modernization
The modernization of our oldest sheller in Kerman is proceeding quite well. When Kerman Plant #1 cracked its first nut in 1983 it was the first sheller to have this capability behind the huller. Prior to this major modification, hullers would ship inshell almonds elsewhere to be shelled. This major innovation revolutionized the almond industry and the membership enjoyed 37 successful shelling seasons of plant operation. However, in recent years the facility had shown its age and was not able to perform at the level we will need to service our existing membership’s future almond production. It was clear that a new processor was needed, one which will aid our other three shellers to make sure we process your almond production on a timely basis and with the exceptional quality you desire to present to your packer. The new modernized K-1 sheller will be ready to process the 2020 crop for our members as planned.
We are pleased to report that most of the older equipment has been shipped to a company in Chile for their emerging almond industry. All the new equipment to be used in the modernized facility has been delivered and is on site.
At this time, the larger decking has been installed ahead of schedule. So now we can address the minutia, such as the connection of troughing, elevators, conveyances and wiring. We are ahead of schedule, which is great news as we are focused on handling the larger crops that are in our immediate future.