1,250 Tons/Hour Protein Enhancement Facility

VAA’s multidisciplinary team designed a first-of-its-kind animal nutrition production facility capable of loading out 1,250 tons of final product per hour. Project included the design of complex structures capable of housing substantial equipment loads as well as a compact conveying system designed as a cost saving measure.

Aurora, SD


Design a first-of-its-kind animal nutrition production facility for two branded products using a patented production process. Two of the most complex structures on site housed the receiving and pelleting processes, each building bearing substantial equipment loads.


The receiving process uses a hard car unloader: a large piece of equipment used to break up and unload DDGs from a rail car. The hammermill/pelleting building, containing three full pellet lines, was designed to support over 200,000 lbs of equipment. The team also designed a compact conveying system to make the transfer between processing systems more efficient.


  • Planned first-of-its-kind animal nutrition production facility
  • Designed complex structures to house substantial equipment loads
  • Increased efficiency with a compact conveying system
  • 1,250 ton per hour loading capacity
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