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73 Years of Success

Today we are celebrating 73 years of Nelson-Jameson being a successful family-owned and operated supplier to the food, dairy, and beverage industries! Our journey began in 1947 when Earl Nelson, his father Ted, Herb Jameson, and Bob Dougherty founded Nelson-Jameson as a dairy equipment and supply business in Toluca, IL. Their goal was to serve as a comprehensive resource for dairy plants, but they soon discovered that their Illinois location wasn’t appropriate. From there, it was decided upon that the headquarters of the business would be moved to Marshfield, WI—the heart of dairy production.

Today, Nelson-Jameson is now run by the third and fourth generation of the Nelson family. Earl’s son, John Nelson, is the current chairman emeritus, his grandson Adam is Chairman of the Board, and his granddaughter Amanda is a senior executive as well. Over the years, Nelson-Jameson has expanded by adding distribution centers in California, Idaho, Pennsylvania, and Texas, plus a sales office in Illinois. The business has also expanded its product offerings to meet the needs of food, dairy, and beverage plants—becoming the supplier of choice in all 50 states, as well as many foreign countries.

In addition to adding branches throughout the nation, Nelson-Jameson was able to expand again, this time locally. In January of this year, Nelson-Jameson opened our second location in Marshfield, WI, our new Corporate office. Due to the significant growth the company has experienced over the last several years, Nelson-Jameson opened this location to accommodate around 90 of our 210 employees to provide them newly renovated work spaces.

A unique aspect of Nelson-Jameson, is that we operate under the Golden Rule. To us, this means providing a one-stop experience centered around making our customers lives easier. Our customers appreciate our technical expertise, fast service, and our get-it-right-the-first-time attitude.

 

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Foam Alone: Mixed in New Quark

While whipping up a quick dinner recently, I decided to use my handy-dandy microwave to get the rice cooking portion of the meal done. Just below, the thrilling smells of cooking vegetables and fish wafted up as I did my best not to burn what was in the pan in front of me on the stove.  Feeling good about my culinary self momentarily, I casually glanced up at the microwave.  Torrents of foam cascaded out of the vessel I had put the rice in…in the end, I had cooked rice and a significant starchy mess to clean up. When on top of a freshly poured beer, a healthy level of foam can bring me great joy; in this instance, it brought me back to Earth in terms of thinking about my talents in the kitchen.  

Now, take that unfortunate incident and think about a food processing facility producing your favorite products. Foam happens in many food industry applications and processes…consider the mess, the waste, and the headache that foam could cause at an industrial level. To decrease waste, increase efficiency and yield, and keep processors focused on the food and not cleaning up huge messes, the food industry (among others) utilizes antifoams and defoamers to keep this pesky presence in check.  

The two products differ, but have similar goals in the food processing environment. For instance, Nelson-Jameson offers Magrabar® food grade antifoams from Munzing that are formulated/added directly to the food product/mixture. Antifoams should be added as a preventative measure, “prior to foam formation at a location and time as close to the foaming problem as possible.” Defoamers, instead, are ideal to take care of existing foam “before tanks or containers overflow.” In the end, these products are here to help food processors: fill containers to capacity, improve pumping and mixing (can be used with CIP processes), prevent product losses, and help to improve safety and housekeeping. 

Whether you are processing potatoes, dairy products, juices, etc., and you are having issues with foam that are hampering getting safe, quality food out of the door, check in with our Product Specialists to learn more about antifoam and defoamer applications in the food industry. In the meantime, I’m going to try heading back into the kitchen to recover my sense of culinary self-worth, but perhaps with a rice cooker in tow.  

 

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Michigan Dairy Industry Conference

The 76th annual MDIC is a two-day conference which gives participants the opportunity to network with industry experts. Learn about the latest updates in the dairy industry.

For more information: https://www.mdiconference.com/

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PDPW Herdsperson Workshop

The PDPW Herdsperson Workshop is for diary owners, herd managers, nutritionists, veterinarians, and mid-managers who are making key herd-health and management decisions on a dairy farm.

For more information: https://pdpw.org/programs/PDPWHerdspersonConference2019/details

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World Dairy Expo

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