Prepared and Packaged Foods
R.F. MacDonald Co., an industrial pump supplier and service provider that has supported thousands of pump systems throughout California and Nevada since 1956, has been working with a leading food packaging company for the past five years. This major food packaging company packages a wide range of food products – everything from syrups to sauces, fruit juices and purees to diced fruit and compote fillings. No matter what variety of cartons, tin cans, squeeze bottles, pouches, or individual portion cups, their central California- and Kentucky-based food packaging facilities run 24/7 to distribute high quality food products across the country.
A Relationship Built on Proven Performance
This major food packager was first introduced to BJM Pumps in 2011 when R.F. MacDonald Co. suggested that the central California facility use a Fahrenheit® Pump for one of their shallow sumps.
Serving the industrial and municipal pump aftermarket since 2004, Goforth Williamson, Inc. provides comprehensive pump repair and field services for most pump makes and models. The Georgia-based equipment and service provider has a long-standing relationship with a cereal processing plant in the southern United States. Having consistently provided the cereal processing plant with quality pump repair and on-site support, it was no surprise when the plant solicited help from GWI to find a solution to a frequent repair problem. As most end users know, excessive pump repairs can take a big bite out of the maintenance budget.The Challenge
The wastewater lift station at the cereal processing plant had been utilizing two grinder pumps within a duplex system. Designed for constant duty, one pump would operate while the other acted as a back-up, and the pumps would switch operation as needed.
The company is a third-generation, family-owned maker of sausage, sausage products and gravy that sells its products through grocery, supermarket and fast-food restaurant chains nationwide. It has a headquarters in Tennessee and plants in Tennessee and Arkansas. One of the Tennessee plants is a 100,000 square-foot, highly automated facility that employs 370 people and produces 3,600 pounds of gravy per hour and packages 190 million breakfast sandwiches every year.The Challenge
The plant has an on-site wastewater lift station that processes some 200 gallons per minute of rinse water and runoff containing animal fat, grease and some solids; the water is eventually pumped offsite to a city water treatment plant. An ongoing problem for the company has been that plastic sheets or bags from the packaging operation find their way into the wastewater stream.