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Western States Machine Co.

Northeast

- we were founded to solve customer problems, and quality is where you start."
Western States Machine last year opened an additional
facility in Brazil after establishing a joint venture with a
local manufacturer. The venture returns the company to
the market, from which it has been absent for several decades as a result of high government import duties. "Because of that, the country is basically closed to companies
not producing inside of Brazil," Sinnard says, noting the
company needed the local partnership in order to produce machines for that market.
Brazil is a significant producer and exporter of sugar
globally. "If you were to take the rest of our markets and
add them all together, the sum would be just a little larger
than Brazil," he adds.

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all of western states
machine's centrifuges are
closely inspected and tested
for process quality.

In addition to supporting all of its machines regardless
of their age, Western States Machine constantly works to
develop new technology. "Our research and develop-

Problem Solvers
Western States Machine sells to customers in 35 countries. A large percentage of its business is in the sugar industry, for which it manufactures batch and continuous
centrifuges used in processing. The most common application of these machines is the separation of sugar crystals from massecuite, a thick black liquid created after
sugar cane and sugar beets are ground up and crystalized.
Sugar industry customers depend on Western States
Machine's equipment to function smoothly during production campaigns. "Once the cane is cut, producers only
have a certain amount of time to process it, so they work
24/7 during a campaign," Sinnard says. "If a machine
breaks down, our customers are in deep trouble, so we
make sure that doesn't happen."
Western States Machine also designs and manufactures filtering and decanting centrifuges used to separate liquids from solids in other industries including the
chemical and pharmaceutical markets.
The company produces centrifuges in a factory in Fairfield it opened four years ago. Its capabilities include
assembling machines from components provided by a
number of vendors. Cutting, welding, machining and
electrical wiring are also performed in the factory.
All of Western States Machine's centrifuges are closely
inspected and tested. "We test each machine for process
quality," Sinnard says. "Quality is the No. 1 priority for us
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