The Company shipped its first order to the South American continent in 1996. Valued at approximately $400,000, the dredging system comprised the Crisafulli Rotomite 180-P self-propelled dredge, floating discharge line, a trailer-mounted booster pump, and accessories, as well as spare parts for a 2-year period. In December 1996, Crisafulli engineers followed the dredge to Matanzas, Venezuela where it was installed in a toxic waste pond containing red mud from an aluminum production facility. The purchaser requested that Crisafulli work diligently for the earliest possible delivery so that hazardous wastes could be removed from holding ponds before wastes overflowed into a nearby river. Crisafulli's manufacturing team responded by working many evenings and weekends to avert what the client called a potential environmental catastrophe.
The Crisafulli dredge system is unique, custom-engineered, and Made in Montana - to solve urgent problems associated with hazardous waste remediation - around the world.