Plant Operations and Engineering


Capital Spending

Sustainable Beef Targets Summer 2025 Plant Opening, Hires General Manager

March 20, 2024
Beef-processing plant veteran Ryan Wagnon will lead the new $400 million facility, which is being built in partnership with Walmart in North Platte, Neb.
Jackson's Chips
Plant Operations and Engineering

Snack Processors Race to Increase Capacity, Meet Growing Demand

Feb. 2, 2024
With consumers racing time, snack processors are rushing to help them replace their meals with flavorful, healthy and value-added snack products.
Animal Proteins

Hormel to End Turkey Harvest at Barron, Wisconsin, Plant in Favor of Value-Added Processing

Dec. 4, 2023
Jennie-O Turkey Store plant will end turkey slaughter operations in Q2 of 2024 in an effort to right-size the company’s turkey supply chain.
Courtesy of Hormel Foods
Solar panel at Jennie-O Minnesota plant
Capital Spending

Hormel Solar Project to Supply Jennie-O Plant, Community with Green Power

Sept. 28, 2023
Hormel Foods celebrated the completion of an 8-acre solar field at its Montevideo, Minn., Jennie-O facility.
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Industry Perspective

Podcast: Putting IIoT to Work in Food & Beverage Plants

Aug. 2, 2023
Food and beverage processors who begin to understand what the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) can do for their own process improvement will be in better shape the faster ...
Tony Webster
"Smithfield Foods Pork Processing Plant - Sioux Falls - South Dakota"
Animal Proteins

Smithfield Upgrades Sioux Falls Wastewater Treatment System to Reduce Nitrogen Load

July 27, 2023
Pork processor invested $45 million to replace existing system and meet more stringent permit limits on nitrates and ammonia.
Schedule And Forecast
Plant Operations and Engineering

How To Schedule and Forecast Efficient Operations

March 20, 2023
Scheduling and forecasting production may seem like an eternal battle against time, but the right approach and tools can help overcome these challenges.
Chicken Plant
Plant Operations and Engineering

What Removing the COVID Emergency Label Means for Meat & Poultry

Feb. 24, 2023
With the ‘emergency’ designation being removed, will the meat & poultry industry remain vigilant or pull back the preventive measures instituted during the pandemic?
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Hershey Factory External
Processor of the Year

2022 Processor of the Year: Plant Operations at Hershey

Dec. 2, 2022
The principles that got Hershey manufacturing through the coronavirus crisis will power it going forward.
Plant Safety

5 Things You May Not Know About Electrical Safety in Your Facility

How well do you know Lockout/Tagout? We recently talked about Lockout/Tagout as well as other electrical safety issues with Leviton's John Garbarino.
Capital Spending

Monogram Food Solutions Begins Construction on New Production Facility

May 12, 2021
Monogram Food Solutions, in collaboration with Paradigm Properties and Dacon Corp., has started construction on a 135,000 square foot facility in Haverhill, Massachusetts
Plant Operations and Engineering

Process Expo Moves Slightly Later, to Nov. 2

March 18, 2021
Food and beverage processing and packaging show still in Chicago's McCormick Place.

Molson Coors Cyberattack Disrupts Brewery Operations

March 12, 2021
Molson Coors' brewery operations were down after it experienced a systems outage caused by a cybersecurity incident.