The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 31, 2012

Furmano's cuts ribbon on $11.5M waste water treatment plant

By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item

— NORTHUMBERLAND — Furmano Foods cut the ribbon Thursday on a multimillion dollar expansion of its waste water treatment plant that added 26 jobs and will let it generate about 30 percent of its own energy, company officials said.

Furmano’s President Chad Geise said the new system saves the cannery about $150,000 a year on its electric bill.

He said the $11.5 million plant, which began running in January after two years of construction, shows Furmano’s commitment to being a responsible employer in the Susquehanna Valley, noting the new plant also produces less waste water containing fewer organic solids.

The expansion incorporates an anaerobic digester that processes tomato and dried bean waste at the Northumberland-based plant. The methane by-product is sent to a converter that uses it to generate electricity.

The idea for the treatment plant came about 2008, Geise said. “We had been seriously looking at our ability to process organic waste” and concluded it was a bottleneck of sorts, preventing growth of the 90-year-old company.

For the complete story, see Friday's edition of The Daily Item.