Idaho Steel is proud to report its involvement to build what probably is to be the largest flake processing plant in the world. Given certain market developments in North America, there was a need for extra potato dehydration capacity and consequently a new company called Gem State Processing Co. was formed to this end.
The company is located in Burley, Idaho and forms part of the same group that owns potato flake plants in Oregon and Washington. Our partner Idaho Steel was awarded the entire project for the process line and completed the first phase in 2010. They are currently very busy installing the second and final phase, which will see the output capacity doubled with a total of 6 super drum dryers, each 7.3 m long and 2.2 m diameter.
Idaho Steel has taken the opportunity to not only respond to customer demands for larger capacity drum dryers, but also upgrade the design of several components. Of course, the drums remain their unique feature of full stainless steel execution, including the stainless steel coating of the drum surface. End-of-line inspection and packaging are fully automated, including three Visionair® optical sorters, supplied by Kiremko.