preservation model. - commercial food dehydrator
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At the beginning of the last century, Wei commercial dehydrator system was born in a pruning Orchard in westEugene.
It went through two world wars.
Service in the second country
The Great Depression, the Great Depression, and too many social and economic movements can't be counted.
During this period, the company-
At the beginning, the aprune Orchard was purchased on 1911-
It has been expanded and adjusted to meet the market demand that the original company was unable to imagine when it was established.
But even though it has a long life span and is a world-recognized name in its industry, the commercial dehydrator is little known in its home town, said President David Stone, his family owned the company most of the time.
"It's not unusual that we're not noticed," Stonesaid, "We shipped almost everything out of the state ,(across the)
The United States, China, many South American countries.
"Not only did the company survive the recent recession, but it was booming, and many of its American companiesS.
Competitors are merged or absorbed by large international companies.
"I looked around and we were kind of like the last one standing on the top of the mountain," Stone said . ".
"Now, we are in a very good position," he said . "
"Our order is snowing.
We have to change another class.
We have been working crazy for the past few months.
"The company currently has about 20 employees.
Stone attributed the company's growth to the old-
Form commercial value and speed in terms of innovation and find new markets for the company's equipment that is preserved by dehydrated fruits, vegetables, nuts and other products that otherwise would be wasted.
As Stone described, customer service is close to the area position in the commercial dehydrator system.
He said that his customers usually only have a short period of time to dry their products and store them before they are damaged, so the equipment must be reliable.
"They may have 20 days to collect and store their annual income," he said.
"We really try to make it almost a fool --
Stone said: "The proofreading system.
The main personnel of the company who purchased hydrhydrator were taken to Eugene for training in the machines made for them.
"When we were with a brand --
"The new machines, they are there side by side with us," Stone said.
The dehydrator must also be consistent, he said.
Big companies like Wal-Mart
For example, Mart will check each bin of the food sold by Stone's customers.
He said: "There is a bad thing in One bin, they have passed.
"If there is a problem or problem with the dryer installation," we can use the equipment 24 hours a day, seven days a week to support the front line, he said.
On one occasion, he said: "I brought back a piece of equipment from Chile, rebuilt it and sent it back.
"He is currently working on a problem for fig growers. "(The grower)
"You need to get more than 3% of the water from them," Stone said . " He stared at a box of figs in the company's portfolio lab and lounge.
"Businesses like me are based on your reputation," said Stonesaid . ".
"You can't allow bad sales.
"Running a second on Stone's service list is frugal.
The company's headquarters is bare.
Bone industrial building, 256 Bethel Avenue;
Conference room by half
A dozen chairs around a well
Sit at a second hand round table behind a row of apparently not new metal filing cabinets.
"We don't buy anything on the credit line," said Stonesaid . ".
"It's very easy to operate at the level you have a company plane, except when you have to pay.
We are more likely to sit in the carriage and pay for it.
Not sexy, but we're still here.
"It takes about £ 50 (applicants)
Find a "-
Take care of the good staff, Stone said, and if there is a problem with the staff, it is also important to work with them.
Although these are long-term
For a long time, values have been instilled in the leaders of the company, as have the spirit of innovation and the outlook for the future.
The company is from L. N.
Miller bought an orchard and an ancient natural one.
Ventilation trim dryer, Stone said.
Miller, an organic builder, used this knowledge to improve the trim dryer, increase the electric fan, and greatly increase the productivity.
He continued to patch the dryer to make it more efficient and efficient, and by 1918 he was ready to find a manufacturer for mass production to meet the needs of his prunes growers.
But Stone said all those who were questioned refused.
So Miller set up his own company. L. N.
Miller dehydrator Co. , Ltd. -
And start to produce dryers that are becoming more and more popular on various family farms.
When World War II broke out, the federal government called.
Officials are concerned that vandals may cause serious damage to the country's food cannery, so they have installed Miller dehydrants as a supplement to all major cannery.
Unfortunately, from the company's point of view, once the war is over, the cannery begins to dump the dehydrator on the market and send the dehydrator away if necessary.
As a result, Miller adjusted and developed a series of new equipment to process and process products after the products passed the dehydrator. Stone's father, E. , was on 1951.
LeRoy Stone joined the company as an accountant and then expanded into engineering and drafting, David Stone said.
Le Roy Stone and Miller have begun to actively increase new customers, focusing on producers of fruits, vegetables and nuts.
After Miller's death in 1958, Le Roy Stone bought the company from Miller Sears.
David Stone, who grew up in the industry, spends his time in stores, accompanying his father on sales trips, meeting children and grandchildren who are now his customers, he said.
But before joining the company as an adult, Stone went to work in the gas industry.
"Every boy went out with the aim of bringing the business mind and experience back to their family's company," he said . ".
David Stone returned to the company in 1989. A year ago, the company was reorganized into commercial dehydrator systems and Miller dehydrator.
, Custom drying operation of local filbert growers, among other things.
Since then, he has continued to expand and innovate.
After Stone's wife, the company added a new, smaller water dehydrator series, and in communication with Stone in California, she noticed that many of the roadside had small ones she thought could use the dehydrator.
The company now offers a dehydrator, from small washers and dryers to large washers and dryerscar garage.
Prices range from $13,000 to $2. 5 million.
International sales machinery improvements include energy saving through the already heated circulating air, rather than ventilation, Stone said.
He expanded sales in Europe, Latin America, Canada, Africa and Asia.
"When we went to South America, I learned Spanish," Stone said . "
"I'm almost fluent in Spanish.
Then we went to China.
After the first year and a half, I gave up learning language.
English is the language of business.
"Stone's core customer base is growers and food Packers, although he thinks at least one of the Southern California police department is his client.
He said there was a problem with the marijuana they seized in the drug case.
The police found a solution: Stone's dehydrator, which kept the evidence well until the trial was needed, Stone said.
Stone is keenly aware that the company will not buy new dehydrators every year.
In fact, he says part of the current sales growth seems to have been suppressed --
In the long recession, the demand for companies that have delayed the replacement or increased the dehydrator has increased.
It was a tricky moment for him because he said, "it's hard to tell if this is harmful.
"So he is cautious about taking too many orders at one time, which means that more employees must be hired.
When the situation is tough, producers buy dehydrators to save Labor because they replace labor-intensive alternatives, Stone said.
When the economy is strong and labor costs rise, producers again turn to dehydrators to save money.
He said it is important to always look for new markets due to fluctuations in demand.
He has entered the raw and natural food markets in recent years.
"Have you ever had kale fries?
They're like potato chips, just made of kale, "Stone said.
Small food producers have sprung up in recent years, and they need to dehydrate fruits, vegetables and nuts for snacks, food and other things.
They started with a small dehydrator, but he hopes that as the dehydrator grows, more or more dehydrator will be added.
Pet food is also a promising market, he said.
A petowner himself.
His black pooch, sugar, works with him to meet the tourists.
Stone said he saw a very positive trend in "healthy pet food.
With dehydrated food, you won't lose nutrition, and the fragrance and appearance are good, he said.
"It doesn't look like a charcoal coal ball," and both pets and restaurants seem to recognize it.
Stone said the market is not big enough to have an impact on his bottom line, but he is optimistic that it will be a growth market for him.