fMagnus’ Hardy Animal Nutrition and Hardy Industrial Technologies recently hosted an open house for nearby residents and city officials at the Painesville Township plant. The event took place in the 60,000-square-foot warehouse of Hardy Animal Nutrition’s new, state-of-the-art prill tower facility, which manufactures natural animal feed ingredients for the cattle, swine and equine markets.

Magnus co-owner and vice president Scott Forster oriented neighbors to the renewable products the Hardy companies create and distribute, which also includes natural waxes for firelogs and candles, and alternative liquid fuels.

A focal point of the gathering was plant air quality control. Scott explained how the company has invested, and will continue to invest, in solutions for odor reduction. He answered questions about the source and safety of the nontoxic odor, and actions that have already been taken to improve it.

Painesville Area Chamber of Commerce president Jeff Sivyer and Painesville Township trustee Gabe Cicconetti spoke to guests about Magnus and Hardy’s award-winning work in sustainable global products and its continued commitment to the community through event sponsorships and public outreach.

Painesville Township Fire Chief Frank Whittaker talked about the collaboration between his station, the plant and surrounding industries to improve communication with residents. After dinner and the presentation, Scott and operations manager Mark Pavlus gave guests a tour of the new prill tower facility.

Magnus’ Painesville Township plant is in compliance with all EPA air permits. The pond at the plant, which contains water separated from food industry fats, oils and greases that the company processes into natural products, was recently approved by the Lake County General Health Department.

As an ISO 22000:2005 and PAS 222-certified organization, HAN adheres to food and feed safety management systems and standards for manufacturing high-quality liquid and dry animal feed ingredients.

The plant has operated for the last 12 months without a recordable safety incident, a difficult achievement in the manufacturing industry.