Climate controlled dome eliminates waste, increases profits
When I asked Don Smith, manager of Highland Growers in DeRidder, Louisiana, how they like the dome they’ve been using since October 2011, he said, “We like it – very much.”
In particular, he added, "We like it because it’s climate controlled. It doesn’t get the moisture in there that our old, wood plant did.
“At the old plant, we used to have probably 15 to 20 ton of ruined fertilizer in a year. That’s a lot of money. We don’t have waste in the dome. It stays dry and cool.”
What’s not to like?
Highland Growers is a small, family-owned company. They have just six workers to handle the fertilizer.
According to Don, all six really like the dome. He said, "They love it. It’s lots easier to work in. There’s no moisture, so the fertilizer doesn’t get hard in the dome, like it used to. The workers don’t have to dig out hard fertilizer.
“This summer we had air conditioner trouble, but we had one unit going all summer, and it stayed about 85 degrees in the dome – and we’re bringing in a hot product and loading doors open at times.”
Highland Growers’ dome has a diameter of 76 feet, a height of 36 feet and six bins. It’s patterned after the fertilizer blend plant that Monolithic designed for El Dorado Chemical Company in Bryan, Texas.
Don said that he first learned about Monolithic from his friends at El Dorado. When Highland Growers heard about the significant, profitable difference a dome can make, they decided to go Monolithic. In fact, they hope to build more.
What makes the difference:
Climate Control – A Monolithic fertilizer blend plant is constructed of reinforced concrete, insulated and air conditioned. That prevents condensation and corrosion.
Special Additives – Monolithic uses a special mix of concrete, specifically designed to handle the chemistry of your stored product.
Energy Efficiency – The materials and process used in its construction turn the dome into a thermal battery that requires 50% to 75% less power than a same-size wood or metal structure.
Disaster Resistance – A Monolithic Dome can survive virtually anything Mother Nature can send your way, including tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes.
Fire Safety – The concrete shell will not burn. (After a disastrous fire, El Dorado Chemical decided on a Monolithic Dome for exactly that reason.)
Bulletproof and Secure – It’s a fact established with testing: A dome’s layers of reinforced concrete can resist the force of most bullets. That concrete also makes tampering and break-ins less likely.
Efficient Design – The dome’s round shape provides easy, time-saving access to every bin.
Strength and Durability – A Monolithic Dome can withstand the abuse of front loaders and heavy machinery. It has a lifetime measured in centuries.
Safe from Termites and Rot – The dome will not be eaten by bugs or rot.
Efficient Construction – The patented construction process Monolithic uses saves time and money.
Please watch, then contact us
We invite you to review a short, informative video about our blend plants. Please watch http://www.monolithic.com/stories/blend-plant-video and then contact us with your questions and concerns: [email protected] or 972-483-7423.