SRS Crisafulli News

SRSC Fall Show Schedule - World Dairy Expo and WEFTEC

Posted by Laura Fleming on Mon, Sep 08, 2014 @ 07:09 AM


SRS Crisafulli is packing personnel and equipment to exhibit at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, September 30th – October 4th.

SRS Crisafulli's Booths: #726 & 727

We’ll be outside with a Slurry Pump, and a FLUMP with new agitation features on display. Stop by and find out how SRS Crisafulli can solve your settled solids lagoon challenges.  

Here is our encampment photo from last year's World Dairy Expo:

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Staff attending in 2014: Dredge Rental and Sales Manager Troy Fercho, and Chad Schipman, Engineering Manager.

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WEFTEC:  Water Environment Federation:  water quality people at the annual water quality event takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana September 29th – October 1st.

SRS Crisafulli's Booth: #7928

Staff attending: Applications Engineer Tristan Hoff, CFO Laura Fleming, Treasurer Aldace Fleming, with support from Representative Frank Vestal of Tennessee.  We look forward to connecting with other Representatives and Customers at this National Event.

Also, 

In the News:

Tristan Hoff, Applications Engineer, recently opened an SRS Crisafulli Sales office in Kennebunk, Maine. While attending the Western Dredging Association trade show in Toronto, Canada, writer Judith Powers interviewed Mr. Hoff for International Dredging Review.

The article and photo can be found here.

Manure Managers Expo

Finally, in early June, SRS Crisafulli participated for the first time in the Manure Managers Show in Springfield, Missouri.  The Floating Lagoon Pumping System (FLUMP), competed with Agitation Boats at a Dairy Lagoon, and generated interest because of it's low-turbidity and electric approach to moving manure.  Design Engineer Jordan Webb was interviewed by Douglas Hamiilton, PdD, Oklahoma State University, Associate Professor, Waste Management Specialist.  That interview was filmed and will be available soon.

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 Photo:  Jordan Webb and Douglas Hamiliton fiilming in front of the FLUMP.

 

Happy Hunting one and all.

Links to the 2 Fall Shows: 

http://www.weftec.org/

https://www.worlddairyexpo.com/

 

Topics: dredge, flump, Municipal dredging, sludge, maintenance dredging, Hydraulic dredging, rotomite 6000, WEFTEC, World Dairy Expo, Manure

Harlem Sludge Removal Project - a Montana working holiday

Posted by Troy Fercho on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 @ 10:07 AM

By Laura Fleming, President

For those of you who are following the Harlem Sludge Removal project, after several rain delays, the job is finally scheduled to proceed.  The job is setting up this weekend, (July 20th) and will run approximately 2 weeks.  The assignment is to dredge municipal sludge into a Geotube on site for dewatering into at least 75 dry ton of cake.

As reported here earlier, our electric remote controlled dredge - The Flump - will be used in conjunction with Tencate Geotubes and WaterSolve's flocculants to decant and dewater 35 years of sludge from this small Wastewater Treatment Plant three lagoon system.

The training associated with this installation - 2013 Sludge Removal for Small System Wastewater Operators Workshop - was presented by Wastewater Technician Dan Kramer, Randy Wilcox of WaterSolve, and Alan Juncker of Tencate on June 6th.  SRS Crisafulli's Chad Schipman gave a presentation on this history of the Crisafulli sludge removal systems product line.

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Randy Wilcox, PE, Technical Sales Manager, WaterSolve, demonstrating the power of flocculants.

 

Alan Juncker, TenCate Geoture market manager at Harlem Sludge demonstration

Alan Juncker, Geotube Market Manager, TenCate, offering a finished cake of sludge.

Graduating class WWTP operators training, Harlem, MT

The graduating class:  Montana Rural Water Association offered Continuing Education for participants in this half day demonstration and training at the Harlem City Hall.

Harlem Montana is on the high-line of Montana's Rte 2.  The Amtrak train stops on either side of Harlem - in both Havre and Malta.  If you'd like to visit the jobsite by train, we will meet you.  You'll be 4 hours east of Glacier National Park - another stop on the Amtrak line.  Pack your bag for a summer hike, and you have yourself a holiday.

We know there are plenty of small wastewater systems out there that operators must desludge.  We welcome visitors to this jobsite to see how it's done.  Seriously, SRS Crisafulli and our partners on this project are making great efforts to educate and demonstrate the most common strategy Wastewater lagoon operators can deploy to maintain compliance, and a long lasting lagoon system.

To schedule an appointment at the job-site, please call the Glendive offices of SRS Crisafulli, Inc., at 406 365 3393, or phone direct to SRS Crisafulli Dredge Rental Manager, Troy Fercho at 612 419 9312.
 

 

SRS Crisafulli, Tencate, WaterSolve, Stahley Engineering at Harlem jobsite

The Team:  Ryan Rittal, PE, Stahly Engineering, Chad Schipman, SRS Crisafulli Engineering, Randy Wilcox, PE, WaterSolve, Alan Juncker, Tencate, Richard from the City of Harlem, Dan Kramer from Montana Rural Water Association, Troy Fercho and Frank Robinson of SRS Crisafulli Sales and Dredge Rental.

Links to our partners:

Stahly Engineering

WaterSolve, LLC

Tencate

Montana Rural Water Association

 

 

Topics: Dredges, crisafulli, dredge, lagoon dredges, lagoon, water treatment plant, sludge, maintenance dredging, City of Harlem

Overcoming Challenges in the International Dredge Market

Posted by John Zuccerella on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 @ 09:01 AM

SRS Crisafulli, Inc. ships a shallow draft dredge to Manila, Philippines to ring in 2013

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After a year of close collaboration with the customer, SRS Crisafulli’s versatile resources in both engineering and manufacturing resulted in shipment of a Rotomite SD-110 shallow draft dredge to Maynilad Water Service in the Philippines.

Three Philippine firms played key roles to close the deal – i.e., Maynilad Water Services, a private water and wastewater provider for the 17 cities and municipalities that comprise the West Zone of the greater Metro Manila area, WaterKonsult Equipment and Service, Inc., a leading equipment and service supplier serving Maynilad and many other Philippine water utilities and water districts, and SRS Crisafulli’s authorized Factory Representative, Ramoncito “Chito” Manaois, of RFM Machinery & Equipment Corp. of Manila, Philippines.

In February of 2012, Waterkonsult contacted SRS Crisafulli through SRS Crisafulli’s website.

Maynilad Water Service needed to remove sediment at its La Mesa Treatment Plant 1.  The sediment-bearing water comes from the Angat Dam and travels more than 30 kilometers to the plant. The river also carries silt to the treatment plant where sludge is collected at the bottom of sedimentation basins. To achieve acceptable, sustained settled water quality and to comply with environmental regulations, La Mesa Treatment Plant 1 must clean its sedimentation basins twice a year.  Cleaning the basins twice a year will preserve basin capacity and water quality.

Waterkonsult learned of Maynilad’s bid offering and contacted SRS Crisafulli. Waterkonsult, in association with Crisafulli’s Philippine sales representative, asked SRS Crisafulli for detailed product specifications for the Rotomite SD-110 dredge, and what makes the Rotomite SD-110 a superior dredge.  

Over the next several months, personnel from Crisafulli, Ramoncito, and Waterkonsult collaborated with Maynilad, answering requests for more information on the Rotomite SD-110. After satisfactorily answering all the requests, the Rotomite SD-110 dredge was selected. The winning SD-110 package offers a high-performing dredge pump able to move 1500 gpm at 80ft TDH in water.  The cutterhead has a 90-inch by 15-inch opening for high sludge production. The hydraulic thruster enables the dredge to be driven like a boat.

On December 31, 2012, the Rotomite SD-110 left SRS Crisafulli’s Factory headed for Manilia for delivery in February 2013. Pursuant to SRS Crisafulli’s superior worldwide service, a SRS Crisafulli Factory-trained engineer will travel to Manila to support the installation and to commission the Rotomite SD-110 dredge.

Stay tuned…

Topics: Dredges, crisafulli, dredge, srs crisafulli, lagoon, water treatment plant, International Market, Rotomite SD-110, Philippines

Facts About Peat Moss Harvest; Dredging Peat Moss

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Thu, Aug 02, 2012 @ 08:08 AM

By Frank Robinson, SRS Crisafulli Sales Applications Specialist

Peat moss is described by SUN GRO Horticulture as a derivative "from the decomposition of organic material located in bogs, including mosses, reeds and shrubs. Peat bogs are found throughout the world..."  Peat moss can be used as a soil amendment, as a fuel source and more.

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Picture courtesy of Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal; http://www.grida.no/publications/rr/the-natural-fix

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Peatlands cover 3% of the world's land surface.   According to SUN GRO, "Peat bogs are found throughout the world but are principally located in the northern hemisphere with significant numbers of peat bogs found in Canada, Finland, Ireland and Russia. There are more than 270 million acres of peat lands in Canada representing 25% of the world's supply..."  Although harvesting peat moss usually requires the bog "first [be] drained of near-surface water and cleared of all surface vegetation," SRS Crisafulli customers have successfully used Crisafulli dredges to harvest peat moss without draining the bog.

According to Linda Chalker-Scott, Ph.D., "peat moss is an environmentally friendly organic amendment essential for may horticultural purposes."  In Dr. Chalker-Scott's publication, The Myth of Permanent Peatlands, she explains "peat moss has an amazing capacity to hold water like a sponge, slowly releasing it as the surrounding soil dries out."

Peat moss is used to improve poor soils to make them more productive. In so doing, this once living vegetation actually promotes plant growth in landscapes and gardens. In turn, these "greenscapes" cool the environment, filter the air, and capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
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Partially restored peat bog

Dr. Chalker-Scott says, "There is often a perception that this natural resource cannot be diminished; sales material from one local peat producer claims their supply of peat from a 150-acre lake is "virtually limitless."  The reality is that peat moss accumulates very slowly, and "it is more accurate to describe commercial peat removal as mining."

SRS Crisafulli Specialist Frank Robinson is working with a long-time customer who has been successfully using a Crisafulli Dredge specifically for peat bog harvest.

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 A Crisafulli Rotomite 6000 dredging a peat moss bog.

 

Linda Chalker-Scott, Ph.D. is an Extension Urban Horticulturist and Associate Professor for Puyallup Research and Extension Center, Washington State University.  You can visit her webpage at:  www.puyallup.wsu.edu/~Linda%20Chalker-Scott

Sun Gro is the largest producer of peat in North America and the largest distributor of peat moss and peat-based growing media products to the North American professional plant growers market.  You can visit them at:  www.sungro.com

Would you like to learn how you can harvest a peat bog using a Crisafulli Dredge?  Contact SRS Crisafulli Specialist Frank Robinson at FrankR@crisafulli.com or call 800-442-7867.

Topics: Dredges, crisafulli, dredge, agriculture, rotomite 6000, peat bogs, peatland, peat bog harvest, peat bog mining

SRS Crisafulli's Guest Author Dr. Losoncy on Water

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 @ 07:03 AM

Article submitted by Dr. Larry Losoncy, CEO of Clean Up America

Water, Water Everywhere But Not a Drop to Drink

Two great crises face the world: shortages of energy and water. The world's population is heading towards seven billion.  It is expected to continue increasing to nearly nine billion people. In order to sustain and enhance life for this many people, it is absolutely necessary that industrialization expand around the world.  As industrialization expands, the need for energy also expands, as does the need for safe fresh water.  Ironic that a planet with many times more surface water than land mass should now be desperate for usable water!

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Photo Credit:  The Great Lakes; Visible Earth:  A catalog of NASA images and animations of our home planet

One fifth of the world's surface freshwater lies in the Great Lakes. That says much about how the rest of the world lacks for lakes.  Almost all of the streams and rivers on earth are now compromised, needing more and more treatment to be safe (an example of how energy and water use are linked).  Drought, flooding from climate change, pollution from wastewater, and overuse are also wrecking havoc with most rivers, both here and abroad. 

Wells are increasingly threatened by groundwater pollution, unless they are deep aquifers - too far below the surface to be contaminated.  Unfortunately, however, Deep aquifers cannot replenish - precisely because they are so deep.  When pumped for irrigation, drinking water and industrial uses, they are depleted.

New technologies and strategies that go beyond conservation are needed for energy production.  Likewise, the response to water needs must go beyond conservation. New technologies for treating seawater, better use of irrigation, alternatives to water use in producing and packaging food and in the production of energy and in industrial processes are needed RIGHT NOW. 

Our nation and world would do well to work together at these challenges.

 

Wish to share a thought?  You can leave a comment below this article.

Read about Crisafulli's FLUMP dredge's contribution to a remediation effort at the Three Crowns Golf Course

Read how Pond Recovery Services of Hainesport New Jersey used Crisafulli's Rotomite for their shoreline remediation project.

Do you have a project?  Have an SRS Crisafulli Specialist consult with you.

 

Contact Dr. Losoncy about training and business coaching at cuatulsa@cox.net.

Dr. Losoncy, Ph.D., is the CEO of Clean Up America, Inc., a company that markets waterless sanitation systems, including the South African Enviroloo. He writes about environmental and business management issues and does training and consulting. He is also a mental health professional, licensed as a marriage/family therapist. He brings communication and psychological perspectives to bear on business practices.

 

Topics: Dredges, crisafulli, dredge, dredging, marina dredging, srs crisafulli, dredging system, dredging and pumps, flump, Articles, Golf Course Management

SRS Crisafulli's Laura Fleming asks "Are We Engaged?"

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 @ 08:02 AM

By Laura M. Fleming, SRS Crisafulli CFO and President

An afternoon sitting at the Dulles International Airport, after a 6:00 am Delta flight out of Billings, MT allowed me to indulge in one of my favorite things.  I purchased four books.

And then, two days later, as part of a Saturday afternoon excursion with my 23 year old daughter, we stopped at Barnes & Noble in Danbury, CT and I purchased six more books.

Yes, we are engaged.

Of my new stack of ten books, the one that floated to the top is Jim Clifton’s September, 2011, The Coming Jobs War.

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Jim, Chairman and CEO of Gallup, writes about engagement of employees and of customers in this clear call to action.

On Thursday last week, Jan Falstad, Business Editor/Reporter from the Billings Gazette, and her photographer/ cinematographer Casey Paige visited our facility. 

SRS Crisafulli’s hometown, Glendive, MT, is a burgeoning news zone.  

I heard from Jan Falstad this morning, that it will be a few weeks before our story runs in their paper.  SRS Crisafulli is a simple “good news story” – of steady growth and job creation.  That gives us time to blog about a great writer at the Billings Gazette, and the great questions she asked.

SRS Crisafulli is a story about exporting American-made product.  As Jan, Casey and I walked around the manufacturing facility and offices, we spoke to Engineer Charles Nichols – leaving for Chile to do a dredge installation; Engineer Isaiah Helm scheduled to go to Israel for a dredge installation; Salesperson Tristan Hoff and Chief Draftsman Chad Schipman scheduled to go to Sonora, Mexico for a dredge installation, all within the next 60 days.  SRS Crisafulli employees are engaged to SRS Crisafulli customers.

We are Jim Clifton’s story.

We are hiring!  See positions and how to apply.  We are looking for a few good people to join our team and continue to build a rural success story of expert problem solving, manufacturing and export.

Questions?  Please contact SRS Crisafulli.

See new and used Crisafulli equipment currently in stock.

Read SRS Crisafulli customer case histories and testimonials about Rotomite Dredges.

Topics: Dredges, crisafulli, dredge, dredging, srs crisafulli, International Exports, Jim Clifton, Jobs, Gallup

Dredging the Back Nine: Stormwater and Water Treatment Ponds

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Thu, Aug 04, 2011 @ 16:08 PM

SRS Crisafulli's FLUMP Dredge was in the news this spring for its role in meeting the opening day schedule at a unique Wyoming golf course.

The Casper Star-Tribune ‌reported on the FLUMP's contribution to a remediation effort at the Three Crowns Golf Course, Casper, Wyoming.  When we called to find out if the deadline had been met, we were told it was close, within one week.

Three Crowns Golf Course resides on the award winning remediation project of the former Amoco Oil Refinery along the North Platte River, as described at WyomingTourism.org.

Photo Credit:  WyomingTourism.org

The environmental management master contractor, Trec, Inc., chose the SRS Crisafulli FLUMP dredge.  "Golf courses everywhere use these to clean these ponds," said Jesse Fuller with Atlantic Richfield, which also assists with the remeditation maintenance at Three Crowns Golf Course.

Crisafulli reports that many golf course ponds are being dredged to restore the irrigation capacity of their ponds.

Contractors from Grizzly Excavation reported on the ease of use of the FLUMP system.  They "held a remote control, pushed a switch, and a motor activated the propeller to push an SRS Crisafulli FLUMP Dredge tethered to a cable strung across the major stormwater pond on the back nine of the course."

An SRS Crisafulli FLUMP dredge can "pass" a golf ball - which apparently were abundantly present in the Three Crowns Golf Course water treatment system ponds and stormwater pond.

 

Topics: Dredges, dredge, dredging, lagoon dredges, Articles, Golf Course Management