SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Construction is underway in Salina on a new research center devoted to the science of moving and mixing bulk solids such as pellets, granules, powder and grain.

The Salina Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1oqJKRB ) the Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center will be among only a few in the world. It's a partnership of the city, the university and two Salina-based companies that design and make equipment for handling bulk materials.

Speakers at Thursday's groundbreaking for the 17,000-square-foot building said they've already heard interest from some of the nation's largest manufacturers in having their problems researched at the center.

Such problems could occur at a bread factory that mixes flour, yeast, salt and sugar but is having trouble with the flow of sugar from a hopper.

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Information from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal, http://www.salina.com