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For $50,000, who wants to be a SRS Crisafulli Millionaire?

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 @ 13:07 PM

SRS Crisafulli's factory location is intriguing.  SRS Crisafulli is a dredge and pump manufacturer with a factory in land-locked Eastern Montana.  "Glendive, Montana is a unique and very rural community" says SRS Crisafulli President/CFO, Laura M. Fleming. "Glendive is about as far off the beaten track as can be found in modern America. We had two visitors from Israel this week, and sent them home with special stories about Eastern Montana."SRS Crisafulli Factory Employees

"Good People Surrounded by Badlands" is a phrase promoted by the Glendive Chamber of Commerce.  "It was even a $50,000 question on Who Wants to be a Millionaire" adds Ms. Fleming.

"When I present at public speaking events, I use the phrase:  'The River is our Teacher.'  The Yellowstone River and the unique terrain in Eastern Montana created the Company - and vice versa - the people who homesteaded in this area developed unique irrigation methods and technology.  The landscape contributes to the DNA of SRS Crisafulli" says Ms. Fleming.

Photojounalist Lynn Donaldson has visited the Glendive and the SRS Crisafulli factory on several occasions.  "You may visit Lynn's Montana blog at www.placesbetweenspaces.com where you will get a taste of real Montana", says SRS Crisafulli Sales Manager Maureen Lundman.

Yellowstone River at Glendive

The 28 year SRS Crisafulli veteran employee, Ms. Lundman, says "Glendive, our 'City by the Yellowstone', offers unrivalled scenery.  The mighty Yellowstone River bisects the town.  We're always watching the river."

Makoshika State Park

"Glendive is bordered by the rugged and majestic Makoshika State Park. Makoshika (Ma-ko'-shi-ka) is a variant of a Lakota phrase meaning land of bad spirits or badlands."

"Glendive is a warm & welcoming community, and a great place to live--with an excellent school system, a 2-year college, state-of-the-art medical facilities, fantastic hunting, fishing and recreation, as well as a good share of the fine arts available locally."

"SRS Crisafulli employees count themselves as fortunate to live under Montana's Big Sky!" comments Ms. Lundman.  

For additional background about Glendive, please visit:  www.glendivechamber.com

For additional information about Makoshika State Park, please visit:  www.makoshika.org

For a taste of real Montana, please visit Photojournalist Lynn Donaldson's blog:  www.placesbetweenspaces.com

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Dredge Dealer Dairy Specialists Wins Business Ethics Award

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Fri, May 20, 2011 @ 09:05 AM

Dredge DealerDairy Specialists, an SRS Crisafulli agricultural dredge dealer for more than two years, was awarded with the Colorado-based CEBA Bill Daniels Business Award in March for conducting every aspect of its business with the highest of ethical standards.

Companies who receive the CEBA award are nominated by customers, vendors and organizations in the community at large.

When asked why Dairy Specialists was selected for this award, Owner Randy Sorensen had the following response:

“I think the way we choose to do business really resonates with people.

Dairy Specialists’ mission statement serves as the framework for how our company operates.

Mission Statement:

Dairy Specialists will be the Rocky Mountain Region’s Premier Provider of Dairy Construction, Supplies and Service by providing:

  • The Best Designs in the Marketplace
  • The Best Construction Quality & Time to Completion
  • The Best Service & Products Available
  • The Best Internal Systems in the Industry
  • The Best People in The Business
  • The Best Value for Our Customers…Our Partners

 

We will be Outstanding Citizens of the Community that Makes Our Business Possible.

Creating a culture driven by the mission statement is a function of ethical, principled leadership at Dairy Specialists. The Leadership Team models the way for all our employees by framing every activity and decision it makes around the questions, “Is it the right thing to do?” and, “Does it drive us towards completion of our mission?” It’s simple, but it seems that, when framed in these terms, every issue, be it with vendors, customers, employees or the community at large yields consistently fair, quality outcomes. Our employees have quickly embraced this approach to doing business and feel empowered to make decisions and act accordingly knowing they will be supported.”

Dairy Specialists, one of three honorees, was selected from a group of 27 finalists, including 13 companies, seven non-profits and seven individuals representing a wide range of industries and community organizations from hospitals and youth agencies to law firms and financial institutions.

Dairy Specialists is one of the largest and most innovative dairy service and supply dealerships in the country. Supplying commercial dairy farms with innovative parlor designs, new construction, remodels and state-of-the-art dairy equipment and dairy waste management technology.

Dairy Specialists consult with their Dairy Customers for SRS Crisafulli’s Trailer Pumps and Remote controlled FLUMP Lagoon Dredges.

As with the agricultural industry , 2008, 2009 and early 2010 were 30 of of the worst months in the last thirty years for the entire dairy industry and specifically for dairy farmers in Colorado. Declining milk prices, increased feed and energy costs, coupled with the failure of one of the largest local dairy industry lenders, New Frontier Bank, led to the perfect storm for Colorado dairy farmers.

The opening of a new Laprino Foods Plant in Greeley will ultimately lead to the need for additional milk generation in the state, which will open up new opportunities for Dairy Specialists to participate in the design and construction of new dairy parlors as well as in the expansion of existing facilities. Ongoing innovations and involvement in bringing green energy and efficient waste management technologies to agriculture and the community as a whole, represent realistic opportunities for growth. The prospects for a good year in 2011 are looking up for the Colorado Dairy Industry.



To learn more about SRS Crisafulli dredge and pump solutions for the agricultural industry click here

 

To speak with Randy at Dairy Specialists email him at: Randy@dairyspecialists.com or visit www.dairyspecialists.com

 

If you have a dredging need request a dredge application form here.

Topics: Dredges, crisafulli, dredge, srs crisafulli, flump, lagoon, agriculture

Hydraulic Dredging: A cost effective solution for most dredging tasks

Posted by Dick Memhard on Fri, May 06, 2011 @ 06:05 AM

hydraulic dredging with crisafullis sd110The vast majority of dredging jobs require removal of solids to depths of 30 feet or less. Several features enable hydraulic dredges to be the solution of choice for these applications.

First, what are hydraulic dredges and how do they compare with alternative mechanical dredge types?

Hydraulic dredges create slurries, combinations of solids and water, pump the slurries to the surface of lagoons, ponds, lakes, waterways, and canals, and then pump the slurries through floating and land based pipe to disposal sites. The hydraulic dredging process can be continuous, as contrasted to intermittent in the case of so-called clamshell dredges.

Basic components of hydraulic dredges include a cutterhead, pump, floatation system or platform, engine or motor, control system, and the discharge system. Cutterheads dig up settled solids in the waterway to be dredged and create slurries.  A powerful centrifugal pump mounted directly behind the cutterhead draws the slurry into a discharge piping system, pushes the slurry to the surface, and then to the discharge site, often thousands of feet away from the dredging site. The engine, typically diesel, or electric motor, by means of hydraulic motors and high-pressure hose, transfers the engine’s power to the cutterhead and pump, and in the case of self-propelled dredges, such as SRS Crisafulli’s Rotomite-6000, to the dredge’s propulsion system. Hydraulic dredges integrate the foregoing components into a balanced, highly productive and efficient system.

Hydraulic dredges are made in several configurations, all of which except for cutter/suction and spud dredges, and dredges that require a support vessel, are made by SRS Crisafulli:

  • Horizontal auger hydraulic dredges
  • Suction dredges that have no auger
  • Free standing, self-propelled, steerable dredges with one or more onboard operators
  • Remote controlled dredges typically controlled by a cable system within a well-defined area
  • Dredges with varying degrees of automation
  • Dredges that can operate safely in highly caustic applications
  • Dredges that operate efficiently without a support vessel, or dredges that require a support vessel
  • Cutter/suction dredges
  • Dredges that are positioned with spuds (long, powerful spikes driven into the bottom of the waterway) and use hydraulic rams to apply forward force to the cutterhead
  • Hydraulic dredges are defined also by the depths to which they can dredge, the volume of water and/or solid material they move, the height to which they can discharge the slurry, the power of the auger (or cutterhead), the hardness and abrasiveness of the slurry, the size of solids the dredge pump can pass, dredging speed, width of dredging cut, the cutting power (torque) of the auger, and the cost of the dredge.

The foregoing features all contribute to and determine the productivity of the dredge and the owner’s Return On Investment (ROI) – i.e., how much work the dredge can do in relation to the initial cost of the dredge and the ongoing operating, repair and maintenance expenses of the dredge.

Other types of dredges and solids removal systems are classified as mechanical and include:

  • Clamshell dredges that typically must be operated with a crane
  • Huge, ocean going vessels that can dredge huge volumes at great depths
  • Drag lines that haul a large shovel through the area to be dredged

Each of the foregoing three dredge types provide advantages and disadvantages, including:

  • With the possible exception of draglines, these systems are far more expensive to buy and operate than horizontal hydraulic dredges. For example, horizontal auger hydraulic dredges vary in cost from approximately $150,000 to $700,000. SRS Crisafulli’s most expensive horizontal auger hydraulic dredge can be purchased new in 2011 for approximately $350,000 plus the cost of accessories, spare parts, and options. A high capacity cutter/suction dredge can cost upwards of $1.5 million. An ocean going dredge can cost several million dollars.
  • For the vast majority of applications these three alternative mechanical systems are “over kill”.
  • Clamshell/crane dredging systems together with the large barges the systems are operated on can dredge to greater depths, and dispose of the dredged materials many miles away at dumpsites approved by the EPA. But these systems are bulky, noisy, and more costly to buy and operate.

Selecting the best dredge solution for any application requires careful analysis by experienced, well-trained people in collaboration with the customer’s staff. Frequently, such an analysis requires the efforts of engineers with the skills and experience to sort out the many variables.

What would you like to do now?

  1. Request a dredge application form?
  2. Download the SRS Crisafulli product information DVD?
  3. Speak to one of our qualified technicians about your specific dredging requirements?

Topics: Dredges, crisafulli, dredge, srs crisafulli, Hydraulic dredging

6 Dredging Challenges Tackled easily with Crisafulli's Rotomite-6000

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Apr 06, 2011 @ 08:04 AM

dredge rotomite 6000cThe Rotomite-6000 is a powerful, versatile machine, which has enabled Crisafulli clients worldwide to accomplish a wide variety of dredging challenges. The key to its success is an excellent standard design that can be readily adapted to meet the exacting needs of Crisafulli clients including companies serving manufacturing, agricultural, contractor, federal and state government, and municipal markets.

Crisafulli's engineers meet with clients to thoroughly understand client needs and will readily implement customer design suggestions to customize their Rotomite for their specific applications.

We invite you to review the many case studies available on our website. The case studies describe dredging challenges the Rotomite has tackled, and include customer evaluations of how the Rotomite served them.

To view the following Crisafulli Dredging case studies and testimonies click here.

  1. Steel Processing Facility: removing highly abrasive mill scale
  2. Food Processing Company: clean and maintain factory waste products settling lagoon
  3. Removal of bottom ash, silt and crusted sludge.
  4. Contractor: Environmental services for dredging and dewatering
  5. Dredge caustic soda from a mud lake: Jamaica
  6. Dredge caustic and abrasive materials: South Korea and Venezuela

 


 

 

Dredging challenges change constantly as do government regulations. We invite you to consult with our engineers who are experts in meeting government requirements. To contact us click here.

Do you have a dredging need? Crisafulli can customize a dredge to meet your specific need. Click here to download our dredge application form.

Topics: crisafulli, dredge, dredging, rotomite 6000

Product Spotlight: Lagoon Slurry Trailer Pump

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Tue, Jan 19, 2010 @ 16:01 PM

 
slurry pumpToday's SRS Crisafulli Slurry Pumps are the latest versions of a 40-year tradition - i.e., building highly efficient, rugged long lasting slurry pumps for use in agricultural waste pits.

SRS Crisafulli Slurry Pumps also work well for refineries, municipalities and geothermal plants.

Discover the versatility and productivity of SRS Crisafulli Slurry Pumps when used to remove viscous wastes from your ponds and lagoons.

See Video of Slurry Trailer Pump in action here.

http://www.crisafullipumps.com/SlurryTrailerPump/ 

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