In April, the ProGold Board approved the repair of the pre-dryer at the ProGold plant. This repair is considered a major capital expense where the cost is the financial responsibility of ProGold. Previously, repairs to the finish dryer were completed at an approximate cost of $1.6 million.
The pre-dryer, which is constructed much the same as the finish dryer, is having similar structural failures that are getting progressively worse. To accomplish the repair, a conveyor must be built so that the previously repaired the finish dryer will function as the pre-dryer. This bypass conveyer allows continued plant operations during the repair. It also adds redundancy for dryer functions should a major failure occur at some time in the future.