At Midwest, we understand that our customers expect and require consistent, predictable quality of mixes. To that end, we employ a team of experts to oversee processes to deliver the quality our customers can rely on.
Midwest’s Center for Horticultural Soils Testing and Research is led by a passionate Horticultural Soil Scientist with over a decade of experience. Our Quality Control/Quality Assurance Program spans from sourcing and testing raw materials to final mix approval and shipping. Below are some key components of our program:
Source and evaluate high quality raw material inputs in accordance with product specifications
Monitor, test and manage stockpiles of raw material, which can change physically and chemically over time, and adapt in response to those changes
Development and implementation of finished product specification and standard operating procedures to ensure consistency in the product you are delivered
Oversee the production process and final evaluation of finished goods before shipment
Onsite laboratory analysis of raw material and finished mixes for conformance to product specifications
Provide technical support to customers
Work with nationally recognized independent labs, technical experts and academic researchers
Evaluate new products, blends and processes to better serve customers through Research & Development and our Quality Improvement program
Actively participate in the latest industry and research developments to understand the benefits and realities of the developing trends
Precision Mix Plant Facility
We continually focus on improving our mix plant facility to prove quality, consistent, and predictable growing mixes and engineered soils. Understanding the needs of our customers and making adjustments to our processes to create value are driving factors in the improvements in which we invest. Below are a few facts and features of our mix plant.
Precision automated mix line that guarantees consistent production
Ability to mix and full 60-75 cu yd (semi-truck) in 15 minutes (300 cu yds per hour)
Primary and secondary screening process enables precise control of blended particle size
16,000 sq. ft. facility equipped with 7 raw ingredient hoppers, 6 fertilizer hoppers and automated moisture control system
Mix plant bagging capacity
Fills a 2 cu yd bags every 45 seconds
Produces 1.0 bags to 2.8 CF bags at a rate of 10 pallets per hour
Seasonal Display Bed Amendment Trial
Plant Spring 2020
To better understand the performance of our Landscaper’s Pro products vs. other common soil amendments and various amendment methods we are conducting a Seasonal Display Bed Amendment Trial. Planted in the Spring of 2020, we will monitor the overall performance in a functional landscape.
The trial is planted in front our Sales Office in Maple Park, IL.