It has been a busy month of construction – I will post more photos after the weekend. No longer is the trailer just a long tube – it is broken up into the needed spaces. We hope to be ready to move the trailer to Othello soon and get ready to begin production.
I am incredibly grateful to Community Capital Development through the Seattle Economic Development Fund for their assistance in procuring a USDA Rural Development MicroLoan. This gives us some extra dollars and will pay for the cheese vat I am SO EXCITED to order!! 75 gallon, hot water jacket and auto stir – doesn’t seem like life can get much better. I read a quote the other day “If your dreams don’t scare you – they aren’t BIG enough”. Quite frankly, I am excited yet absolutely terrified at the same time – I’ll take that to mean the dream is big enough for the moment 🙂
A couple of progress shots………..
I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and looking forward to New Year’s. I know I am! Mark and son Arik continue to make progress in the construction with a bump in the works on occasion. The ceiling FRP (fiberglass reinforced panel) didn’t want to stay glued. It seems like everything is a challenge working in a semi-trailer! But finally, today they were able to start putting up the plywood on the walls. Over this plywood, an FRP sheet will be glued, resulting in a shiny, white surface that is easy to wash and sanitize.
Mark and Cameron made lots of progress this weekend. The floor is down, waiting for drains and final floor material, a brick red 2 part epoxy type material. Thank goodness for propane heaters – the 11 degree temps made it tough to work but getting the new windows in made a huge difference. Tuesday night the guys will start putting the “plas-tec” material on the ceiling, kind of cool, it is a plastic sheet made from recycled material. Once the ceiling is up, then the wall insulation, plywood and FRP (fiberglass reinforced panels) can go up. Working in an 8 foot wide space requires plenty of forethought on how much in the way of materials can be stored there at the same time. The answer is – Not much!
In the meantime, Christmas is coming. The R&D room is really my dining room, so each year, everything has been packed up and moved to allow for holidays. This year, it is being sorted and packed for the final time!
Well, the floor is going down – but it sure hasn’t been easy. Mark has to accommodate sloping floors for drains and be sure everything fits. It is definitely a slow process, measuring and measuring again before making any significant changes. Son Arik gets to spend part of his Thanksgiving holiday home from Montana State University Northern, helping out. You can see there was a fair amount of thinking going on in the second photo! 🙂
As we are in our construction phase, it is important to give credit where credit is due since nothing ever occurs in a vacuum. This website has been created by Jacob Phillips and Chris Gee. The photos are a joint collaboration between my daughter Amanda and Jacob. Their eye for photos is amazing. So far, the website has been easy to work with (which I definitely need!) and I look forward to getting Laurel’s Crown out into the world. Amanda is actually the Artist of the original Laurel’s Crown logo. Many thanks to everyone – it feels like I am raising another child, it takes a village!