Construction is underway on a new Supreme Manufactur-
ing Inc. (SMI) floating clamshell dredge at a sand and gravel operation in western Ohio.


The new SMI machine is a gantry style dredge with a 16-cu.- yd. bucket (MD-16). Designed specifically for this operation’s stony deposit, the MD-16 will utilize the latest technology in material processing and handling; incorporating onboard primary stage crushing and dewatering, with the material making its way to land via a circuit of floating conveyors.

This location supplies aggregates to the greater western Ohio market.

The new MD-16 will be replacing some of the operation’s aging fleet of draglines and other mobile equipment. SMI is targeting early spring for commissioning of the new dredge.

“This project is a result of careful long-term planning by the customer, with the goal to be the highest production … lowest operating cost per ton sand and gravel producer in the region,” said Neil Hoobler, company president. “It’s always fulfilling to partner with customers that are look-
ing into the future and are willing to invest in long-term savings. The MD-16 is becoming one of our most popular models – with its high production capacity – and it will be exciting to see the results of this investment this season in dramatically higher production, and dramatically lower
production cost. ”

The Supreme clamshell dredge is a purpose-built deep-water
mining machine, capable of digging to depths greater than
200 ft., while incorporating primary stage crushing and dewatering onboard, and conveying material to shore. Head-quartered in Stoneboro, Pa., Supreme, now in its 31st year, is a family owned and operated manufacturer of marine mining and over the water material handling equipment.

Supreme Manufacturing Inc., www.suprememfg.net