American Peat Technology, LLC
American Peat Technology (APT) is a Minnesota-based peat manufacturing company built by hardworking innovators who have unearthed the power of reed-sedge peat through their development of value-added, granulated peat products, serving several industries. Peat is a slowly self-renewing and valuable natural resource with untapped potential, and we are committed to stewarding its use through the ongoing development of value-added products that address environmental issues. Using a modern manufacturing process, we harvest, dry and granulate locally-sourced reed-sedge peat to create unique, natural peat products like BioAPT, the industry standard for granular peat-based Rhizobia carriers for soybean, lentil and peanut crops, and APTsorb, a granular media that is transforming the water remediation industry.As the demand for natural peat products rises, we are seeking to expand our facilities in order to increase our production and better serve our customers.
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- Water and Wastewater
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- Internationally (various countries)
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This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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Using a modern manufacturing process, we harvest, dry and granulate locally-sourced reed-sedge peat to create unique, natural peat products like BioAPT, the industry standard for granular peat-based Rhizobia carriers for soybean, lentil and peanut crops, and APTsorb, a granular media that is transforming the water remediation industry.
As the demand for natural peat products rises, we are seeking to expand our facilities in order to increase our production and better serve our customers.
For the economic and social benefit of our employees, shareholders, community and environment, we strive to thoughtfully and judiciously manage Minnesota’s natural resources by adding value to peat we harvest along with a clear plan for restoration of the harvested land.
Here are the top 8 ways we carry out our mission:
- We produce peat-based microbial carriers that are critical to the production of biotic nitrogen-enriching soil amendments.
- We produce water remediation media that sorbs (removes) heavy metals from wastewater and sequesters and concentrates the metals for further management.
- We compensate our employees with a fair wage and offer a generous benefits package.
- We encourage a safe work environment.
- We support the professional development of our employees through tuition reimbursement.
- We price our products in a fair, market-driven manner in order to realize sustained, long-term growth for our shareholders.
- We dedicate a percentage of our sales to community-building events and organizations that share our commitment to education, sustainability and vitality.
- We will continue to seek ways to further our sustainable approach to our production process through the use of engineering controls, renewable fuels and repurposed equipment.
Developing Environmentally Beneficial Products.
APT is dedicated to providing cost effective peat based products that are environmentally beneficial. We believe that through these products our company, along with our customers, can take part in providing solutions that will enhance the sustainability of the environment in the future.
Concern for the environment and the idea that the natural characteristics of peat can be used to create cost effective, environmentally beneficial products are the very cornerstones upon which American Peat Technology has been built. APT continues to pursue environmentally beneficial products both in house and through partnerships developed with likeminded companies.
These ideals have led to the development of BioAPT, a series of microbial carriers that allow increased crop yields while diminishing the need for commercial fertilizers. Research by our customers, in tandem with our own R&D group, is yielding new products that control insects, mold, and crop diseases. In all of these applications, the central idea is to use peat as a carrier of a beneficial organism replacing the need for toxic chemicals.
Another major APT accomplishment has led to the harnessing of the natural ion exchange capacity that reed sedge peat provides. This capacity has been made accessible by the conversion of the parent peat into a strong granular media, APTsorb. Many heavy metal contaminations of 5 ppm or less can now be addressed with a product that can outperform fossil fuel based ion exchange resins costing up to 20 times the price.
Conducting Environmentally Responsible Operations.
It is not enough to produce environmentally beneficial products, especially if the process is not environmentally responsible or sustainable. At APT, we continually pursue responsible and sustainable ways of conducting our operations. In late 2010, we finished a large expansion of our production facility. In the process, we converted our primary drying operation to utilize biomass instead of fossil fuels. This conversion reduced our carbon footprint by 75%, and in Phase 2 of the project, we will complete the conversion of our secondary drying step to use this same biomass fuel source.
In addition to our production improvements, we are actively pursuing sustainable harvesting practices. From initial opening of a peat reserve through remediation, carefully planning goes into developing environmentally responsible practices. We are working closely with local, state, and federal authorities in developing such practices to ensure were not only meeting regulatory requirements, but also to have an active part in developing Best Management Practices.
Over 15% of Minnesota’s land mass is covered by peat, and many of these reserves are 10+ feet in depth. The accumulation of peat here in North America far exceeds current rate of harvest. APT currently has over a 120-year supply of peat permitted under current production levels. However, this does not mean we are not preparing for the future and thinking about sustainability. We are actively experimenting with “producing” peat. Peat is a renewable resource, but there is much speculation as to how quickly peat accumulates, and we here at APT intend to find out. By controlling water levels and plant growth in remediated sites, we are going to determine how much peat accumulates in ideal conditions. The better we understand peat, the better our sustainability practices will become.