Supporting Grain & Feed Milling Education

Customer:  Kansas State University, Department of Grain Science

Material:  Grain & Feed

Valves:  Vortex Roller Gates | Vortex Seal Tite Diverters | Vortex TSG Gates


In 2013, the world-class O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center was opened on the campus of Kansas State University.  The facility addresses the needs of reaching the sciences of feed processing, petfood development, and grain handling.

The $17 million project includes an automated 5-ton/hr production and teaching venue and a Biosafety Level 2 teaching and research feed mill.  The center features a 1-ton/hr CPM pelleting system and a grain and ingredient receiving, handling, and storage facility.

Additionally, students are able to safely work with low-virulence pathogens like salmonella in feeds.  The facility provides supplements for university animal units as well as serves as a teaching platform for the study of feed science and animal nutrition.

Vortex Valves supported the new facility by gifting the necessary slide gates and diverter valves.  Professor Fred Fairchild, project chair, commented, “Vortex supports our Grain Science and Industry Department one hundred percent.  Not only do they supply slide gates and diverter valves for any project, the company makes frequent visits to our campus with their Mobile Display Unit to better acquaint students on how material handling valves are selected, operated, and maintained in a typical flour or feed mill operation.”

Vortex is happy to support the various Grain Science Department programs and to be a part of educating future Kansas State millers,” said Lee Young, Chairman of Vortex.