Senator Visits 1st of its kind Food to Fuel Service Station in Southington

November 21, 2013
Senator Markley with Supreme Industries employees in their construction trailer on West Main Street in Southington.

Senator Markley with Supreme Industries employees in their construction trailer on West Main Street in Southington.

Hartford, CT – State Senator Joe Markley (R-Southington) recently visited the latest innovation of Supreme Industries, a food to fuel service station otherwise known as pyrolysis technology located in Southington.

The plant converts waste materials into energy by heating the products in an oxygen-free chamber. The heated product then lets off a gas that is collected and bottled for energy use and the remaining carbon byproduct can be used in creating items such as car filters. The site is on West Main Street in Southington. Markley trekked down to the site to see what the company is all about and what this latest endeavor is.

Supreme Industries based in nearby Harwinton employs about 100 people and is responsible for land clearing. Since it began in 1982, the company has become diversified, taking on road construction, site work and golf course construction projects, although its core business is still land clearing. The company opened its own wood waste facility in 2004 at its headquarters in Harwinton. There, it processes logs, brush and stumps into various mulches, soil and compost. The company’s latest idea is creating a food to fuel facility in Southington. The idea is to turn food scraps from hospitals and corporations into fuel, a more complex type of composting.

The facility should be up and running by October 2014. It expects to employ between 50 and 100 people. The fuel that is generated at the plant will be used to help bolster energy sources at facilities in town like the police department, library and schools.

This new idea will add to Supreme Industries already diversified menu of Land Clearing Division, Wood Waste Reduction and Recycling Division, New England Bark Mulch and Playground Surfacing Division and the E.R. Hinman and Sons Lumber Division.