By June 25, 2014 Read More →

Beeler Industries -MAMA to Next Gen Processing


Many of our ModestoView readers know that Beeler Industries is the amazing company that produces our Carhop MAMA Award each year for our annual music celebration. Beeler has produced and donated the MAMA Award since 2001. Here is a chance to see what Beeler Industries really does and how they are pushing the boundaries of next generation nut processing with innovation and high technology.

The next-generation almond huller and sheller – and the food safety and product quality advantages it provides – will be the center of attention Friday at an open house hosted by Minturn Hullers Co-op<> of Chowchilla.

The $24 million project took more than two years to design and build. It is the first of its kind in California’s $4 billion almond industry. It will allow Minturn to double its capacity and have a total combined seasonal output exceeding 150 million meat lbs.

Beeler Industries<> of Salida took the huller sheller project from concept to completion featuring innovative separation technology from Lewis M. Carter Manufacturing<> of Donalsonville, Ga., and industry-leading “Process Air” and filtration equipment from Donaldson-Torit<>® of Minneapolis. The machinery footprint is about the size of a football field. The 61000 square foot structure houses the process equipment, bulk shipping and warehouse.

“It’s one of the largest hullers and shellers in the valley,” said Mike Beeler, owner and president of Beeler Industries.

The open house is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 27 at Minturn’s plant, 9080 S. Minturn Road, Chowchilla. Lunch will be served and representatives from all four companies will be on hand to talk about the project.

For Minturn, the investment represents its strong belief that state’s almond market will continue to thrive thanks to strong domestic consumption and the huge appetite for nuts among consumers in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

“This project, in and of itself, pretty much states what our view of the California almond industry is and what we think of that future. It is very bright,” said Jeff Hamilton, Minturn’s general manager. “Our existing grower members are continuing to expand their operations. … This facility will allow us to take care of growers that have been committed to this cooperative for so many years.”

The increase in production volume was a key part of the decision to invest in the project, Hamilton said. The Madera County cooperative processed more than 80 million meat pounds of almonds in 2013, making it one of California’s top five huller/shellers.

The equipment features a cutting-edge approach to air handling, which will minimize dust, dramatically increase sanitation and allow the processed nuts in and out of shells to be loaded onto trucks in an environmentally controlled space.

“We’re trying to increase capacity and food safety at the same time,” Beeler said.

Quality is another important aspect of the new processor. Early removal of hull, LSK, and foreign materials provide cleaner high quality products and higher throughput. This single level low-profile system provides ease of access allowing operators to sample and adjust, maintain and sanitize equipment.

Hamilton said he will add two 10-person shifts to operate the new huller. The company’s two existing hullers will remain in production.

“We will be able to process our growers’ product in less than half the time previously needed,” he said.

Minturn Hullers began in 1966 and has grown from 120 members into more than 300. In the past two decades, its production volume has increased from 12 million meat pounds per year to more than 80 million meat pounds. In the past four seasons, processing has lasted until mid-January.

Beeler Industries was founded in 1989 in Salida and makes equipment for processors of almonds, walnuts and pistachios. The company has designed and built some of the most cutting-edge equipment and process systems available, and continue to be on the forefront of innovation in the industry.

Contact: Mike Beeler, (209) 545-0740 Jeff Hamilton, (559) 665-1185




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Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.