Hurst Hybrid S600 saves plant $1.5 million annually

Seaman Paper Co. is a 60-year-old privately held paper plant in rural Massachusetts that produces lightweight specialty papers. Under the guidance of George Davenport Jones III, the plant underwent an energy-efficiency upgrade that was implemented over a 10-year period.

As part of the upgrade, the company installed a Hurst Hybrid Model Super 600, equipped with a baghouse and finned-tube waste heat recovery economizer. Initially, 23,709 barrels of oil were replaced by 15,002 tons of shredded pallet wood. Changes in operations, equipment and fuels resulted in significant decreases in oil usage and electricity as well as an annual savings of $1.5 million in operating costs.


In June 2008, the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance and Technology held a Cleaner Technologies Demonstration Site Event at Seaman Paper Co. Plant managers, corporate executives and elected officials attended the event, which focused on the plant’s energy efficiency.

At the event, Gregory W. Smith of Global Energy Solution, Inc. fielded technical questions about solid fuel procurement and boiler installations. Smith, an exclusive solid fuel boiler agent for Hurst Boiler & Welding Co. Inc. shared similar success stories of wood-fired boiler systems installed at other manufacturing facilities and institutional campuses in the Midwest and elsewhere.

Hurst Boiler & Welding Company, Inc. has been designing, engineering and servicing a complete line of solid-fuel, solid-waste, biomass, hot-water, and gas-, coal- and oil-fired steam boilers since 1967. 

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