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Mark Livesay weighs in on automation and food processing

ESI’s VP of Automation, Mark Livesay, weighs in on automation and food processing. Here’s an unexpected bonus of automation, according to Livesay: Management teams have seen an overall attendance increase when an effort is made to invest in equipment that helps employees …
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The New Way to Look at Construction: Continuous Flow

Many industry insiders will quietly tell you that the U.S. lags behind European countries on construction innovation and quality. They point to poor procurement, siloed and sub-optimized collaboration, and disjointed work as the reason for this inefficiency. But a principle …
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Automation, Space is driving Vertical Cold Storage

Going Vertical? Land is becoming more expensive and to relocate a production facility to another location is not very feasible, so it makes sense to go vertical. Get more insight on how Automation, Space is driving Vertical Cold Storage Construction. …
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3 Ways to Manage D/B Projects Amid Shortages

Manage Projects with Rising costs. Transportation backlogs. Labor shortages. Time delays. Supply chain troubles. All of which are plaguing the design/build industry, and ultimately trickle down to food facility owners looking to build or expand facilities. “Product availability, lead times …
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ESI Navigates Rising Costs for PFG Expansion

Performance Food Group (PFG) selected ESI to design and construct a 152,623-foot expansion to its Reinhart facility in Mount Pleasant, PA. This includes freezer space, cooler space, refrigerated dock, dry warehouse, a truck maintenance facility, and related site improvements. The …
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ESI’s Field Team continues to grow

ESI welcomes Field Construction Manager, Mario Cancio to the team! Mario has been performing supervision of building demolition and earthwork grading in preparation for a greenfield meat harvesting and processing facility. Welcome, Mario!
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Key Design Features at Reinharts’ New DC

ESI designed and built the newly acquired Reinhart Facility owned now by Performance Food Group (PFG). This project video includes key facility design details incorporated specifically to address and achieve the owners pain points and goals.  This new 246,000 square …
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Speculative Cold Storage

Speculative Cold Storage is Hot

Growing demand for refrigerated cold storage space, along with increasing investor interest and better understanding of how to build these facilities, is spurring speculative cold storage development. Today, retrofitting traditional warehouses may be an advantageous way to capitalize on the …
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Converting Dry Storage to a Cold DC

Grocery supplier C&S Wholesale Grocers of Troutdale, OR, tasked ESI Group USA with converting an existing 75,908 sq. ft. of speculative dry storage into a refrigerated distribution center, with a refrigerated dock, both of which needed to operate at 35℉. …
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Ben Walters, transitions back to Regional Manager

We are excited to share Ben Walters is joins ESI’s Sales Team. Collectively, Ben has worked with ESI for 13 years and is transitioning from the Preconstruction Team. His wealth of knowledge in business development and estimation of food facility …
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ESI Steps to Silver Safety Award

ESI Group USA has achieved Silver in the Associated Builders and Contractor’s STEP safety management system. Founded in 1989, STEP participation demonstrates safety leadership and a cultural commitment to safety performance. STEP applicants measure their safety processes and policies on …
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Director of Engineering

Robin Wolff, a woman on the move

We are excited to share the promotion of Robin Wolff, to Director of Engineering for ESI Group USA. Robin has been in electrical design for 25 years serving ESI in the design of food facilities for the last 16. Congratulations on …
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Food Distribution Loading Dock

Trends in Loading Dock Safety

There’s always room for caution around a food facilities loading dock.  Read this articles to get up to speed on the things to watch for and the popular products available to help keep your employees and truck drivers safe during …
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The ESI Difference

Design-Build Solutions for the Food Industry

(Hartland, Wis. – April 13, 2021)  ESI Group USA celebrates three decades providing design-build solutions to the food industry.  Are you looking for a different project experience?  ESI’s sole focus has been and will continue to be designing and constructing …
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Automation Systems Promote Safety And Improved Performance

Food processing plants, warehouses, and distribution cen­ters see the value in robotics and automation and are ex­pected to invest $14.3 billion by 2025 in automation and tech­nology. Driving this spend is the need to address a shrinking labor force, accommodate …
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Site work in progress at Sacramento Jobsite

David Weingart, ESI’s onsite Construction Manager, leads a team of specialty contractors as site work in Sacramento begins for a 300,000+ square foot Greenfield Food Distribution Facility for US Foods.  Baker-Williams is surveying the site for utilities and building foundations.  …
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