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2003
  • APT Organizational Meeting – September 27
  • Entered into purchase agreement with first customers and started business planning

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2004
  • Plant was heavily modified
  • Production begins
  • Addition of #1 Dryer
  • Addition of Ball Mill for fine grinding
  • Initiated winter harvesting

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2005
  • Developed quality control standards
  • Optimization of peat harvesting methods
  • Pete the Cat arrives as a stowaway on a truck from Milwaukee

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2006
  • First APTsorb Sale
  • Start of Soudan Mine Experiment
  • Solar, air-drying and windrows approach to harvesting adopted
  • Filed for patent covering APTsorb process

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2009
  • Engineering study to determine feasibility of primary biomass dryer
  • First research agreement between APT and NRRI (Natural Resources Research Institute – University of Minnesota-Duluth)

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2010
  • Wood Fired primary Dryer in use full time
  • Completion of full sized cyclone for primary dryer

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2012
  • Biomass combustor ductwork upgrade

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2013
  • Pilot tests at base metal mines
  • Patent granted for APTsorb products

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2014
  • New Warehouse is completed
  • Paulbeck’s stormwater pilot system is installed
  • Phase II Expansion is started
  • Filed for APTsorb III patent

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2015
  • March – Phase III Expansion starts (estimated completion date is 2018)
    Includes addition of second 1st stage biomass dryer and building addition
  • October – Completion of Phase II Expansion
    Includes a belt dryer, installation of the secondary biomass dryer (meaning our drying process will be independent of propane) and construction of 24,000 sq. ft. warehouse.
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