Plant Design/Management

The latest trends and innovations in facility design and management.


Spare Parts Know-How

Why optimization software is not the solution

February 9, 2014
Optimization — the holy grail of management!
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Farm to Plate

Choose wisely when hiring animal handlers

Hire the right type of people for animal-handling jobs — and the right managers to lead them.
February 6, 2014
It is no secret that different people may react in vastly different ways to stressful situations.
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Employee Matters

Workplace injuries: Is 35 the new 65?

New study shows a seismic shift in the definition of “older workers” on the job, and shows that the workers’ comp game has changed.
January 23, 2014
The workforce is getting older. People are retiring later in life than ever before.
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Process controls: Software that drives hardware

December 11, 2013
Famous 19th-century author George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
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Cover Story

Harris Ranch: Handling with care

When Harris Ranch renovated and expanded its cattle receiving and harvest floor at its Selma, Calif., processing plant earlier this year, it unveiled a design that maximizes animal welfare, food safety and ergonomics.
November 16, 2013
One of the primary claims anti-meat activists make against the beef industry revolves around animal handling and welfare.
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Processing Tech

Built on a rock

Plan and design your livestock handling facilities properly, and they will serve you for many years.
October 19, 2013
When it comes to humane livestock handling, the quality of an animal’s handling experience is largely dictated by the skill and patience of the handler. However, quality facilities don’t hurt.
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Processing Tech

Floors, doors and walls seal in safety

Processors are investing in building improvements to better meet quality standards.
October 3, 2013
Today’s meat and poultry processing plants are beginning to resemble cold lockers, and that’s a good thing.
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Food Safety

Re-thinking CIP design

September 20, 2013
So, which comes first, clean-in-place systems or plant design?
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2013 Plant of the Year winner: JBS USA

JBS USA, Grand Island, Neb.
September 6, 2013
At The National Provisioner, it is our mission to give our readers an unprecedented, first-hand look at the operations of some of the most innovative and progressive companies
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Cover Story

West Liberty Foods' non-stop growth

West Liberty Foods adds high-pressure pasteurization to further improve the food safety and quality of its product lines.
September 3, 2013
A little more than a year ago, West Liberty Foods created a buzz, announcing the successful certification of its Tremonton, Utah, plant as a landfill-free facility, and the soon-to-follow certification of its Mount Pleasant and West Liberty, Iowa, locations as well.
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Food Plant of the Future: Raising the Bar on Plant Air Quality

Contact: Adam Thomas

On demand Exclusively for thought-leaders in food and beverage processing facility management, Food Plant of the Future webinars are presented by Hixson, a leading design and engineering firm of food processing facilities in North America.

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Food Plant of the Future: Global Food Safety Impact on Facilities

Contact: Adam Thomas

On demand SQF 2000, FSMA, ISO 22000/PAS220 and other standards continue to gain traction in an attempt to create safer foods and beverages.

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Food Plant of the Future: The Future of Wastewater Management

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Available On-Demand Effective management of wastewater is becoming increasingly critical to food and beverage processors as the cost for incoming water increases...

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Brenneman analyzes Butterball’s new animal care, well-being program

Rod Brenneman, CEO of Butterball, discusses his company's new Animal Care and Well-Being Program, his company's certification by the American Humane Association and further animal-handling initiatives, all officially announced in September 2013.

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National Provisioner

National Provisioner April 2014 cover

April 2014

Check out the April 2014 issue of The National Provisioner, with features on animal welfare, sanitation programs, and much more!

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Independent Processor

IP April 2014 cover

April 2014

Check out the April 2014 issue of Independent Processor, with a special profile of Stemmler's Meats!

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The National Provisioner Source Book

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