Updated 06/06/2012 04:17 PM
Digester project gets off the ground at the F.X. Matt Brewery
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UTICA, N.Y. -- It was something you don't see every day: An anaerobic digester tank that weighs thousands of pounds hovering above West Utica. It was all part of the official kickoff of a $4 million project at the F.X. Matt Brewery.
The five tanks were delivered Tuesday and hoisted into position at the future site of the brewery's new environmentally-friendly digester. When it's finished, the digester will clean the brewery's waste water and generate up to 40 percent of its electricity.
Tanks were shipped to the Mohawk Valley from Pennsylvania. Company officials say moving something that size required some careful travel plans.
"They can't get under a lot of the bridges. The bridges, and I've never noticed this because my car isn't anywhere near that high, but the bridges are all about 14 feet high. So the tank has to go around and avoid bridges," said Nick Matt, the brewery's chairman and CEO.
The tanks are expected to be up and running by the fall.