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Sugar beet factory partnering with local company for equipment upgrades

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BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A factory is partnering with a local engineering company to upgrade equipment.

Michigan Sugar will be teaming up with local company Sebewaing Tool and Engineering to invest in a $3.3 million, state-of-the-art cossette mixer.

Officials said the mixer will help save energy and water.

“In addition to pumping capital into the local economy in Sebewaing, this project will boost our efficiency, saving energy and water use, and put the Sebewaing facility on track for future success,” said David Noble, vice president of operations for Michigan Sugar.

The mixer is a cylinder that measures 17 by 26 feet.

Once sugar beets are sliced, the slices are scalded at high temperature in the mixer to initiate sugar extraction.

“The new mixer will save about eight million gallons of water over the course of the 2016-17 beet slicing campaign, and will reduce the total energy use at our Sebewaing facility by 3-5 percent,” said Tim Rowbotham with Sebewaing Tool.

The new technology is part of more than $125 million in facility upgrades announced by Michigan Sugar in December of 2015. 

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