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Ann Arbor Chicory Co.

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The Aun Arbór Chicory Co. is now ready for business, and will commeuce receiving roots next week. As soon as there is a sufficient quantity 011 ïand to run without stopping, the day boiler will be fired. Iu company with facob Laubengayer, one of the direc;ors of the company, the Daily Argus representative looked over the plant, fhe enterprise of the firm of Heinznaun & Laubengayer in forming the company last spring, which imported he seed and secured the services of John De Ronde, an expert, are well mown. The farmers, although alvays apparently anxious for greater opportunities for realizing profitable crops from their lands, seemed very conservative in taking hold of the conracts offered them by the company. By dint of much explanation both by word of mouth and in the columns of he Argus, about 300 acres were secured. The reports received by Presdeut John Heinzmann from the erop ndicate that as a rule the erop has een good and the returns will be ïighly satisfactory. The seed sown on good potato ground has done the best. On heavy clay ground, it has not done so well. Some farmers claim that the cost of raising the erop has been very small, entirely out of proportion to what they expected. The company is prepared to renewjoontracts with increased acreage and make new ones. The past season has been imfavorable, so that with a good year much better results can be expected. The plant of the company is located on the former elevator property of Heinzmann & Laubengayer, on W. Washington st., adjoining the Aun Arbor railroad. Here the new buildings 40 by 42 in size have been built. The two buildings are connected on the second floor. Underneath this connection are the scales for weighing wagons, loaded with roots. They are unloaded in adjoining sheds. The west building is devoter! to the preparatiou of the roots for drying. In the base inent of this building is the washing machine. The roots will be fed into a long trough where they will be slowly turued by a shaf t with arms This trough will be eonstantly fed with fresh water from an inch and a half pipe. From here the roots wil be elevated to the third floor, fron where when needed, they will de seend to the second floor to the slicing machine. This is a very complete ma chine and of the most approved pat tern. It was imponed from Belgium From tlie slicing macliine the produc is again elovated, this time to the third story of the dry kiln. Here i will be spread on a perforated stee floor. Provisión has been made to keep a reserve stock of sliced roots to be sed at night when the slicing ma chine is not running, as the dry kili will be run day and night. After the sliced roots are here partially dried they will be let down on the seconc floor by moving the steel floor plates Here the heat will be greater tliai above and they will be dried out oom pletely, ready for being bagged for shipment This work will be done ii the room of the connection of the two buildings. The dry kiln is heated bj eight furnaces, fed by coke. The company has now over 200 bushels on hand and has a contract with the Ann Arbor Gas Co. to take its product. The bagged, dried product, will be storec in the former elevator building ready for shipment. The power for the washing machines and elevators are suppliedfby a line shaft from the engine in the former elevator building. The necessary large quantity of water for washing the roots will be supplied from a wellnear the engine house. A large steamLpump has ben installed. It was giventwo days steady trial, and while it rediiced the head in the pipe it was unable to exhaust the well. The future of the Arm Arbor Chieory Co. may mean much to the farmers of Washtenaw county and the nierchants of Ann Arbor. The importance of giving a sure market for a arofitable erop means, directly or indirectly, an increase in the salable value of every farm. The results of :his year's chicory erop deserve the attention of every up-to-date farmer. In addition to chicory the company will buy and dry sugar beets. This will give those farmers who have raised sugar beets this year as an experiment, a good market, even if there is no sugar factory in the county. The iirst delivery of sugar beets has already oeen received.