Ethanol, the grain-based renewable fuel ingredient, is a growing industry in the United States. In 2002 there were 62 plants in the U.S. with a production capacity of 2,347 million gallons per year. By January 2012 there were 209 plants in 29 states, with a production capacity of 14,907 million gallons per year.(1)
A major portion of the ethanol industry's daily operations includes interface with and transportation of grain via the railroads. Further, ethanol facilities maintain their own rail cars and tracks on properties all around the United States. Ethanol facilities also maintain their own silos, grain bins and other storage buildings.
Successful ethanol producers have recognized that it is more effective from a cost and performance basis to network with qualified railroad contractors like Hulcher Services for the maintenance of their railroad and facility properties.
As a railroad contractor with over 40 years of experience, Hulcher brings its expertise to the ethanol industry on a variety of Mechanical / Railroad Services, Transfer / Load Adjustment Services, Environmental Services and Disaster Response. Some of these services include:
Hulcher equipment and crews can deploy within one hour of your call, any time day or night. Our 24/7/365 call center and strategically-positioned divisions ensure that we can respond to wherever you need us.
Whether you are dealing with a flooded grain silo that has burst or an overload of food pellets that must be reduced, you need quality equipment, maintained to be reliable and operated by experienced railroad contractor professionals, and they must be able to respond when you need them.
When you need reliable support for your ethanol facility project, call Hulcher at 800-637-5471.
|Case Study - Hulcher Provides Disaster Response to Simultaneous Major Flood Events
Record snowfalls and spring rains resulted in major flooding throughout North Dakota. Much of the state was declared a disaster area. At the same time, a separate flood event devastated several midwest states. Railroads, local governments and industry needed a contractor with extensive, national resources, including trained crews and a fleet of heavy equipment, to respond to both flood events.
|Case Study - Hulcher Services Rehabilitates Containment System for Two Million-Gallon Above Ground Storage Tanks ASTs
The railroad identified that its containment system for two one-million gallon Above Ground Storage Tanks (ASTs) used for diesel storage was out of compliance. They needed the installation of a new GCL liner and cover system, along with improvements to the storm water drainage collection and removal system inside the dike.
|Case Study - Hulcher Services Removes Three Diesel and Lube Oil Above-ground Storage Tanks (ASTs) From Railyard
A railroad’s environmental group wanted three diesel and lube oil above-ground storage tanks (ASTs) at their storage yard to be removed. While the 63,000 gallon ASTs were no longer in use, they were still connected to fueling stations. The group also wanted the tanks’ retaining wall to be demolished to open the space for future use.
|Case Study - Hulcher Services Performs Tank Farm Removal Project on Six 3,000-Gallon Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)
While excavating a piece of property, the railroad discovered a buried tank farm of six 3,000-gallon underground storage tanks (USTs). The railroad needed a contractor to clean out and remove the tanks and refill the area so it could be used for other purposes.
|Project Snapshot - Telehandler and Conveyor Perform Load Reduction of Alfalfa Pellets
The railroad needed a load of alfalfa pellets to be reduced by 10,000 lbs. Hulcher deployed a CaterpillarŽ TH560B telehandler, a conveyor and a haul truck.
Photos of Equipment Used for Ethanol Industry Projects