My Town: Massive dryer to travel from Kalamazoo to North Dakota | Business
KALAMAZOO, Mich.—What is 70 feet long, 11 feet across and weighs nearly 300,000 pounds? One of the largest items to come out of a former GM plant in Kalamazoo.
W. Soule’s Soule Fabrication Group facility at Midlink is getting ready to ship its newest creation- a large steam-powered dryer. The dryer, which is comprised of carbon steel, will go to an ethanol plant in North Dakota to dry corn.
“It is physically one of the largest pieces we’ve ever built,” says W. Soule’s Chief Operating Officer Gary Cline, who has worked at the company for 28 years.
The dryer took crews nearly 4,000 hours over the last eight months to complete. Cranes moved the dryer out of the building Wednesday. The piece will be suspended between two semi-trucks during its nearly 1,000 mile journey, which will begin Friday, Aug. 22. The dryer is so large, it will not clear some overpasses during the journey; the semi-trucks will have to exit and re-enter the expressways at these points.