Wisconsin Section

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers



Check out the latest edition of “grow” Wisconsin’s Magazine for the Life Sciences, some of our own ASABE members have been recognized for their contributions including Scott Mueller and the WI Section 2012 Young Engineers, Brian and Jill Huenink!

WEDNESDAY July 18th 2012
Section Meeting
Outagamie County, Wisconsin
Schedule of Events
Farm Technology Days
9:00am – 5:00pm  New London
Event is $5, parking is free
{at the Fox Valley Technical Institute, in Appleton }
3:00-8:00 pm Social Time and Dinner
Menu:  Burgers, Brats and associated picnic fare including beverages
Cost: $15 and students are free  (pay at the door)**at approximately 4pm meet Special Guest, Dean Kate VandenBosch, the new University of Wisconsin, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean!

No Pre-Registration Required
For more information check out our Summer Newsletter at:  http://www.wiasabe.org/?page_id=2

2012 Summer Newsletter

Check out all the details for the July 18th 2012 Meeting here:  2012-Summer WIASABE Section Meeting    along with pictures and minutes from our May meeting!

May 23, 2012 Tours

Monroe Truck Equipment Tour  (pictures and report by Dan Thiemke) 

  • About a 50 year old company
  • Approximately 500 employees at the Monroe facility
  • Privately owned by three people who bought the company from the original founder about seven years ago
  • Main operations include laser, bend, weld, paint, and assembly
  • They can cut up to 1” steel material
  • Most machined parts are purchased
  • They have two powdercoat paint lines plus one wet spray booth
  • They have 5 other facilities and a dealer network for additional truck installation locations
  • Everything is done in a batch process, there is no “main assembly line”
  • Main products include snowplows, snow and ice removal attachments, and truck bodies (i.e. for Truegreen)
  • Use Autodesk Inventor for their CA D system & Meridian for PDM


 Front of Main Entrance


hydraulic shear, capable of shearing up to 1” material

partially assembled truck body for TrueGreen, including rotational molded tank for holding chemical 


snowplow weld fixture

assembling snow removal equipment onto a truck body 


Badger State Ethanol Plant  (pictures by Naomi Uhlenhake)

In May 2000, Badger State Ethanol, LLC was founded based on the vision of its two founders, John Malchine and Gary Kramer. The primary driving force shared by both of these men was a mutual passion to help develop American agriculture and to do so following sound business principles. The fact that no one else had ever built an ethanol plant of this magnitude in Wisconsin created some interesting challenges for both of these developers.

The company started as a green field project so it was necessary to first create a business plan, budget, find an acceptable plant location, establish contracts, obtain permits, establish financing, create a prospectus through a registered offering and sell the equity. Gary and John accomplished all of the above in 15 months. With all of this behind them, construction of the plant started in July of 2001. Construction was completed in October of 2002 with the plant startup right after that. The plant reached name plate capacity in five days and passed all performance guarantees in just 12 days.

Today, BSE has increased production to over 57 million gallons of ethanol per year. In addition to the DDGS, we also produce 50% corn protein (Dry Matter Basis) feed and corn oil. Carbon dioxide is also captured for use in the food industry. BSE also makes America less dependent on foreign oil with our clean burning, environmentally friendly, renewable fuel.

Source: http://www.badgerstateethanol.com