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I By Mike Lakin On the West Side of Elkhart, is a large building housing the aNH3.Company. Like most people I've driven by and noticed the new building and a recent expansion. But until Wayne Tetley was talking about his grandson, MICHAEL UTTERLY, I didn't realize the revolutionary product being manufactured there. Michael Litterly knows the product and can explain its opera- tion to a layman like me. Starting in the late 1990s the aNH3.Company began produc- tion of an equal row to row system that applies anhydrous. Continu- ously refined over the last twenty- years, the local company holds U.S. Patent 7,096,802. What the system does is precisely apply anhydrous to fields. The application can be monitored during application by checking the gauges that show how much anhydrous is applied to each row. Michael says the com- pany's most important invention is, the Liqui- matic ammonia vapor separator. This separator obsoletes conventional heat exchangers, its prime advantage being elimina- tion of the heat exchanger coolant stream which unbalances distribution. The company's, Equa- ply systems provide row Michael Litterly with the Equaply system. equality with GPS based The tree of pressure gauges for each row. control systems. As your The gauges verify row-to-row equality of flow. editor Understands it, the system has a pressure gauge for each row to verify row-to-row equality of flow. This gives assur- ance that the application of ammonia is constant. The system has become popular due to the savings farm owners experience when they can precisely apply anhydrous. Michael explained that the system is used all over the United States. The company is now looking at future expansion for sales into South Africa and the Ukraine. The selling point is keeping anhydrous costs down by minimizing chemical waste. What makes this system Mt. Pulaski Times revolutionary is that it offers an alternative to broadcast anhy- drous application. By GPS moni- toring, anhydrous is applied as needed, where needed, in a row- by-row application. For farming this system has been the answer to improving the bottom line in the cost column. Michael noted this system has really become popular in Nebraska and Kansas. During the recent recession, aNH3.Company has not seen any setbacks. Sales of the system actually grew the last three-years requiring the recent expansion of their Elkhart location. And to think, this all started in a farm shop as an idea 20-years ago. Today Elkhart is at the center of a revolution in farming for the entire country - and beyond. aNH3.Company 710 Frontage Road Elkhart IL 62634 217.947.2420 Times Photos If you know of anyone locally that has an interesting story, let me know - 792-5557 / times@frontiemet.net Thursday - February 9, 2012