Stellar has constructed a new facility in Lake City, Fla., for United States Cold Storage Inc. (USCS). The 191,000-square-foot cold storage facility features a more environmentally sound CO2-based refrigeration system. Stellar provided all engineering, architecture, construction, thermal and refrigeration installation for the project. The new facility encompasses 5.2 million cubic feet and houses 18,000 variable-height racked pallet positions at temperatures ranging from minus-20 F to 55 F. It includes a freezer, two convertible rooms and 18 truck dock doors. The facility also features extra-wide (60 feet), temperature-controlled loading docks for high-volume distribution flow-through. The docks facilitate cross-docking, trans-loading and pre-staging of product and feature the latest in site and facility layout to enable high-security operations.


Risco USA Corp. is saddened to announce the passing of George Brennan. Brennan, who worked in shipping and receiving for Risco until last year, died April 20 at home after a long battle against cancer. He has worked in the processing industry for more than 25 years at such companies as T.W. Kutter in Avon, Mass. and Risco in South Easton, Mass. Brennan is survived by his wife Karen, son George Brennan Jr., and daughter Karen Elizabeth Brennan.


Century Extrusion, a producer of twin screw extruder technology and support services, and their group company Ruiya Extrusion announced the release of a new line of twin screw extruders at Chinaplas 2008 in Shanghai. Chinaplas 2008 is the 22nd international exhibition for the plastics and rubber industries. This exhibition will provide Century Extrusion and Ruiya Extrusion the audience they need to successfully launch the new Apex line of twin screw extrusion systems.


Marel Food Systems and Stork Food Systems announced that European competition authorities have approved Marel’s acquisition of the Stork Food Systems division of Stork N.V. The two companies had announced an agreement on the acquisition, subject to various conditions, in November 2007. These conditions have now been met. The two companies will have a combined turnover of more than $1.05 billion and more than 4,000 employees.


Nu-Meat Technology Inc., a New Jersey-based supplier of industrial meat processing machinery, has signed a distribution agreement with Double D Food Engineering, one of Britain’s leading designers and manufacturers of custom-built high impingement ovens and char-grillers/bar-markers.

Nu-Meat will now act as sole agent in selling Double D’s range of batch and continuous ovens, char-grillers and bar-markers throughout the United States. Double D Food Engineering, based near Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, already has a number of installations with leading U.S. meat and poultry processors. The company’s senior service engineer, Jim McQueen, will be based at Nu-Meat for several months to ensure continuity of after sales and service.

The Nu-Meat sales team for Double D products will be led by Dan Shafer and supported by Bill Taylor, both of whom have sold Double D products for a number of years in the United States. Nu-Meat has also expanded its sales team by appointing Guy Blume, who has recently been working with Bill Taylor developing sales for Double D ovens within major customer groups.