Construction is underway on a new Supreme Manufacturing Inc. (SMI) floating clamshell dredge at a sand and gravel operation for a dredge Ohio producer.

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 looking 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.” 

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