A groundbreaking for the Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center is set for this Thursday.
The center is the project of Kansas State University with partners the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, Salina Economic Development Corporation, U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, the state of Kansas and the city of Salina. Expected completion date will be in 2015.
The research facility will be the only one of its kind in North America. The nearly 13,000-square-foot center will be used to study and develop the understanding of bulk solids materials handling. Bulk solids are loose, dry commodities like sugar, minerals, pigments and recycled plastics that account for more than 80 percent of items transported around the world.
Kansas State University will be the key tenant in the center, which will be used by technology, engineering and agriculture faculty members to conduct research that will complement university programs in both Manhattan and Salina. The center also will let the university’s students immerse themselves in an industry setting. Two local companies, Coperion K-Tron Salina Inc. and Vortex Valves, will supplement the facility by serving as anchor occupants.
“The Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center is another example of not only the inspiring quality Salina has to continue to grow and develop and attract impressive industries to our area, but also how the community’s entities can work together for a common goal,” said Dennis Lauver, president and CEO of the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce. “The groundbreaking ceremony will be an opportunity to hear from all of people who have remained committed to making this idea a reality.”
Story by: Julee Cobb / KSU Salina