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Keystone's green poultry further
processing plant wins award
Keystone Foods' Gadsden, Alabama, facility utilizes state-of-the-art
technology for sustainable poultry further processing wastewater
Keystone Foods LLC's total commitment to sustaining the planet
through local community stewardship is a key tenet behind its
winning of the 2017 Clean Water
Award for wastewater pretreatment.
Keystone aims to exceed its
customers' expectations by producing some of the world's finest
consumer brands. Through its
KEYSTAR program, Keystone
further aligns business processes with socially responsible
value for its customers.
From left: Carla Prince and Matt Jolliff, with Keystone Foods, and
Steve Smith with O'Brien and Gere. | John Pierson
The Gadsden, Alabama,
poultry further processing
facility exemplifies how the
company operates sustainably.
Everywhere, from poultry further
processing to its wastewater pretreatment plant, the facility embraces state-of-the-art software and
programmable logic controllers to
combine teamwork and technology.
The 200,000-square-foot plant
contains a 65,000-square-foot processing area equipped with three
fully independent lines capable of
Steve Smith, O'Brien & Gere's
on-site operations supervisor,
monitors pumps in the
Gadsden, Alabama, facility.
| John Pierson
producing 16,000 pounds of product
per hour. Two of the processing lines
produce cooked poultry, finished
goods as diced, stripped, shredded,
sliced or formed products. The third
line can run almost all products
as well as wings and breaded
par-fry products. An adjacent
facility is dedicated to Gadsden
and other Keystone facilities.
The work-in-progress is
managed on all three lines using a manufacturing execution
system (MES), which tracks
all items, formulas, allergens and
settings so that, when products are
scheduled, all associated equipment is configured appropriately.
The system also allows for traceability and consistency by mitigating variability.
management is also accomplished
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