Tomato Sauce Line Relocation

Food Client


Total Project Management utilizing a Project Manager / Design Manager approach
Agile / flexible team
Customer-service mindset
Laser scanning
Minimal production impact

Midwest USA

110,000 SF: Two process and packaging lines plus supporting infrastructure

Due to a recent acquisition, this client is closing a plant in the South and moving its three different product lines to separate existing plants. Because of SSOE’s successful execution of a recent network optimization project, we were asked to assist the client in moving one of the three lines affected by this complex plant consolidation. Using the same team that worked on the previous plant relocation project, we capitalized on their knowledge of the client’s equipment and installation specs and standards, utilizing many design details from the recently completed project.

Well into the design of the original project, the client changed course due to the extreme product demand caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. They gave us three days to collaborate with vendors to develop a cost estimate to purchase and install all new process and packaging equipment for the destination plant and completely re-engineer the two production lines. Without hesitation, SSOE shifted direction to help this long-time client achieve their business and market needs. The pandemic also required us to change the way we worked together: we moved from face to face communication to virtual communication and utilized large venues for major client review meetings to achieve social distancing requirements.

To properly manage a project of this size and scope, SSOE utilized a Project Manager / Design Manager approach, both of whom have worked with this client for many years: the Project Manager is the Packaging Subject Matter Expert who acted as the Owner’s Representative and handled client interface and overall project cost and schedule management; the Design Manager is the Process Lead and discipline coordinator.

The project is on schedule to have new lines running at the new facility in August 2021, only three months after the original scope’s due date. SSOE’s services for the project include structural, architectural, civil, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, process, controls, packaging, fire protection, lighting, wastewater treatment, overall project scheduling, on-site construction management, and project management.

SSOE recorded over $1.35 million in project savings through implementation of multiple value engineering opportunities and identification of sales tax credits.

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