Processing Magazine

New wastewater plant generates electricity for food processing company

June 5, 2012

NORTHUMBERLAND, Pa. — Northumberland, Pa.-based food processor Furmano Foods recently unveiled a new $11.5 million wastewater treatment plant that produces less wastewater and allows the company to generate about 30% of its own energy, The Daily Item reported.

The multi-million dollar project 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.

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