Southwest Florida Roundup
Squeeze Play: Tampa Company Uses Its Presses to Squeeze Marijuana
Legal marijuana creates another business line for Vincent Corp.
In the 1930s, the first of Vincent Corp.’s screw presses helped make cattle feed by squeezing liquid from peels left over after making orange juice. The presses today do much the same job — squeezing just about anything nearly dry — but the materials they press have evolved well beyond citrus waste.
During the last few years, for example, Tampa-based Vincent has supplied nearly 200 presses to companies processing eggshells. After the shells go through the press, workers collect liquid albumen, a pure protein, that’s used in the animal feed industry.
“Walk down just about any aisle in the grocery store and you will see our customers,” says Fred White, a Vincent engineer.
ALSO IN THIS ARTICLE: Vincent Corp.; Fred White; Bob Johnston; David Pastrana; Donna Colaco; Tim Schar; Diane Bailey Morton; Mary Jane Park; Cecil L. Pendergrass; Babcock Ranch; Scott Fischer Enterprises; Six Bends Harley-Davidson; Naples Harley-Davidson; Earth Fare; CareerEdge Funders Collaborative; Florida Funders; Yacht StarShip IV; Beer Can Island
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