Hawkins replaced the existing seed corn husk/sort process facility located on the east side of the Syngenta Waterloo, NE production site. This replacement consisted of the demolition of the existing husk/sort building, breakroom/control building, receiving vibration conveyors and incline conveyors to the husk/sort building, incline conveyors to the dryers, modification and reuse of the dryer fill tripper conveyors, and the removal and reinstallation of the conveyor towards the chopper building.
The 2500 SF breakroom/control building contains a control room, a breakroom, two restrooms, a data closet, a mechanical room and storage room. The control room houses SCADA computers, screens, and CCTV viewing capability. The seed corn husk/sort functions are housed in a 3-level 7600 SF pre-engineered metal building which includes huskers, optical ear sorters, sort tables, and associated conveyors and equipment. The optical ear corn sorting equipment utilized in the Syngenta Husk/Sort production facility is the first installation of its kind in North America by Syngenta.
The project finished ahead of schedule. Hawkins & Syngenta performed comprehensive commissioning beginning with the delivery of materials and concluding with start-up. Due to Hawkins’s planning and commissioning, Syngenta told us this project was the best plant start-up they had ever had.