PoultryUSA - April 2018 - 55
The plant sits on the shore of Lake Guntersville, the home
of Lake Guntersville State Park. Courtesy of Pilgrim's Pride Corp
us," Thomas Percer, Pilgrim's complex environmental
"Our attitude is that if its starts clean it will stay
clean," Ryan Turner, Pilgrim's complex manager, said.
"We put a lot of effort into having a focus on litter pick-up
from our sanitation crews, employees and contractors."
How the poultry plant handles wastewater
The attitude of improving the lives of others through
daily work continues in operations and environmental
efforts. The poultry plant processes an average of 1.46
million broilers per five-day week to produce 7.1 million
dressed pounds via two processing shifts and a third
shift sanitation crew. There are 1,302 employees at the
Guntersville complex and 200 growers.
The facility won the overall Pilgrim's Best
Environmental Audit Score for 2016. With corporate
headquarters located in Greeley, Colorado, Pilgrim's
has operations in 14 U.S. states as well as in Mexico
and Puerto Rico. It is owned by Brazilian company
JBS S.A., the world's largest protein company. JBS
now controls 78.5 percent of Pilgrim's stock. Percer
said the audit reflects the 144 years of combined ex-
perience and dedication of the eight members of the
complex's wastewater team. It also indicates the facility's focus on operational excellence that adds value for
its key customers.
Poultry wastewater treatment includes screening
prior to a wet well operated with pH adjustment and
liquid level-based flow control to enhance the targeted
chemistries deployed in the new dissolved air flotation
(DAF) unit. Prior to discharge to the city wastewater
treatment system, the pH is again adjusted. In addition
to the new DAF, the wastewater layout was reconfigured to improve the overall operation.
Stormwater capture and management benefited
from the wastewater treatment upgrades as existing
pumps were recycled to a lift station, increasing its
capacity. Other structural upgrades at both the cooling sheds and the back of the plant, along with larger
pumps, ensure that stormwater related to industrial
activities is collected and directed back to wastewater.
High water level alarms were installed at three stormwater lift stations and the wastewater wet well to send
alerts to maintenance and management, promoting
prevention of wastewater upsets.
The result is greater capture of secondary protein
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