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Millwright Case Studies

General Mills Bucket Elevator Installation

General Mills’ oat mill in Fridley produces oat flour for Cheerios, Lucky Charms and other cereals. It’s also the company’s first biomass-powered plant, burning oat hulls to produce 90 percent of the steam needed to heat the plant.

Using a 220-ton crane, Yale Mechanical millwright technicians installed a support structure, platform and additional conveyor equipment for the grain-handling apparatus. At 170 feet, the installation required careful and accurate field assembly, and work was conducted during both operating hours and plant shutdown as available.

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The platform at the top of the elevator, used to access the elevator drive, was assembled on-site by the Yale Mechanical Millwright team.