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TENVIRONMENTALDIVISIONMartinAnimalBeddingADVERSITYPIONEERINGSPIRIT14Thebusinessofturningscrapwoodintoanimalbeddingcaninvolveavarietyofproblemsbothmajorandminor.AmajorthreatisfireaccordingtoKevinMartinownerofMartinAnimalBeddinginGoshenIndiana.Otherissueshehasencounteredincludenoisedustandregulatoryhurdles.InanefforttomitigatetheseissuesMartinrecentlyrelocatedhiscompanyandpurchasedanelectricMorbark1600TubGrinder.Themachinethefirstofthissizedeliveredworldwidehasallowedhimtocuthisfuelcostsbymorethan50percentandgiveshimmorepro-ductioncapacity.Theoperationcurrentlyhasaprojectedannualoutputofaround400000yardsofmaterial.Martinstartedhisbusinessin2007.Hisfatherranasimilarbusinessfordecades.MartinAnimalBeddingprocessedscrapwoodfromlocalfactoriesthatproducerecreationalvehiclesandthecompanychargedalowertippingfeethanthecountylandfillthussavingmanu-facturersmoneyandextendingthelifeofthelandfill.HisproductwassoldmostlytocattleandpoultryfarmersinIndianaMichiganOhioandWisconsin.ThenMartinsfacilityburnedtotheground.Wellneverknowforsurewhathappenedhesaid.ButIwantedtogetawayfromdieselduetotheriskoffire.MartindecidedtorelocatethebusinessandworkedwiththeIndianaDepartmentofEnvironmentalManagementtoqualifyforasolidwasteprocessingpermit.Heisalsorequiredtostoreanywoodhetakesinunderaroofinsteadofoutside.KevinMartinwithsonsWestonleftandJamin.Themachinethefirstofthissizedeliveredworldwidehasallowedhimtocuthisfuelcostsbymorethan50percent.