Why food companies like Creative Contract Packaging tap Painters USA for specialized cleaning and flooring services
By Painters USA Team
— Published March 29, 2021
The food industry is one of the most heavily regulated, inspected, and audited industries in the world. Compliance with international food safety standards and regulations is a never-ending responsibility.
In his article for Provisioner Online, Painters USA VP Paul Cook discusses recent maintenance projects the company performed at two Midwest food processing plants. His examples demonstrate the balancing act that facility managers need to manage, which we’ll discuss here in more detail. A link to Paul’s original article is included at the end.
Projects referenced in the Provisioner article
Project: Repair of cracked concrete floors followed by food-safe epoxy coating and sealing.
Client: Midwest food processing plant
Project: Industrial cleaning and sealing work at its Illinois facility involving a number of columns, support beams, posts and blender legs.
Client: Creative Contract Packaging (Hormel Foods)
Maintenance in food processing facilities
According to Paul,
When facility managers are vigilant about maintenance, they improve safety, more easily pass SQF audits, and maximize production by reducing unplanned downtime or accidents.
With large crews working out of multiple Painters USA offices in Illinois and Texas, we have the resources to get our work done quickly and efficiently. We offer maintenance programs that align with facility management schedules and needs.
Finally, since customer satisfaction is our ultimate priority, we’re happy to report a stamp of approval from Creative Contract Packaging’s plant engineer:
Painters USA helped us maintain our high standards.
Food safety and hygiene standards and regulations
The food industry is heavily monitored and regulated to ensure food safety up and down the supply chain. Regulations and standards include:
FDA (in particular the Food Safety Modernization Act or FSMA and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points or HACCP mandated for seafood and juice industries) and USDA (Food Safety and Inspection Service or FSIS) rules and recommendations.
SQFI, Safe Quality Food Institute, the leading food safety and quality certification and management system.
ISO 22000 Food Safety Management, which outlines how an organization can demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards.
Food industry facility managers must make maintenance decisions based on inspections and audits from these organizations, scheduled or unplanned. Violations and failures to meet requirements may lead to production disruptions, fines, and other issues and headaches. Compliance with regulations and quality certification standards not only protects human safety and welfare, it reduces liabilities and risks for large food industry companies and allows small and medium companies to earn and keep the trust of national / global supply chains.
Maintenance scheduling constraints
Food and beverage processing facilities have limited downtime and scheduled maintenance time. It means every commercial contractor like Painters USA that is part of a project must work efficiently and safely and commit resources during weekends, overnight, and even holidays.
- Evenings, weekends, holidays: Creative Contract Packaging’s manager of plant engineering appreciated the plan set forth by the Painters USA project manager for the job, which included working the Saturday after Christmas.
- Scheduled downtime: At the other food processing plant, Painters USA coordinated its work with an equipment shutdown over three days, while also giving electricians time and space to service the plant’s equipment.
Painters USA specializes in antimicrobial floor services, relining safety aisleways, rust control, painting of cold storage facilities, preparation for food safety inspections, and protection of wet processing areas. We are skilled at a wide variety of abrasive blasting techniques, including EPA- and USDA-approved dry-ice blasting processes.
Learn more about our work in the food industry
Read Paul's original article at Provisioner Online
About Provisioner Online
Provisioner Online is the website for the National Provisioner and Independent Processor. National Provisioner has been reporting on the meat and poultry industry for 130 years. Independent Processor is the official magazine of the American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP), the largest meat trade organization in the country.
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