Darigold has completed a new milk powder dryer at its Lynden, Washington, processing plant. Bringing the dryer online is a milestone for the organization after a fire destroyed the dryer in February of 2012.

"The new dryer is designed to meet very high functional qualities and stringent customer standards,” said Jim Wegner, president and CEO.

The new dryer measures 22 feet in diameter and is 108 feet tall and is enclosed by concrete walls and insulated metal panels that measure up to 130 feet.

It will be able to produce 16,800 pounds of powder per hour, approximately 6 percent more powder annually than the dryer it replaced.

The new machine will not only be able to produce condensed milk powders, such as non-fat dry milk powder and skim milk powder, but will be also be able to produce whole milk powder for domestic and export markets.

Darigold is a large international exporter of dairy products. It exports two thirds of its milk powder production and three-quarters of its whey products. PD

From Darigold new release