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Clemens Food Group & Gray Construction Receive Manufacturing Innovation Award

ProFood World magazine, a leading food and beverage publication, honored both Clemens Food Group and Gray Construction during its 2018 Manufacturing Innovation Awards held at ProFood Live! in Chicago. The companies were recognized for the new, highly automated and state-of-the-art Clemens fresh pork processing facility in Coldwater, Michigan, which Gray designed and built.

In Numbers

  • Coldwater, MI
  • 645,826 s.f.
    Square Footage
  • 34 months

“Clemens Food Group’s new facility in Coldwater is on the cutting edge of food and beverage technology by implementing highly automated and efficient systems as well as embracing food safety, animal welfare, worker safety and sustainability in its operations,” said Joyce Fassl, editor in chief at ProFood World.


From left to right: Bharath Singh, project director at Gray Construction; Eric Patton, senior vice president at Clemens Food Group; Joyce Fassl, editor-in-chief at ProFood World magazine.

ProFood World recognizes outstanding processing and packaging operations in the food and beverage industry.


The new 650,000 s.f. fresh pork processing facility allows Clemens to produce 12 million pounds of pork per week to feed the world. At full capacity, Clemens processes up to 11,000 hogs per shift and 2.6 million hogs annually. Apart from creating 830 jobs, the facility’s impact also enables the company’s market share to expand throughout North America and the world.


“This is a very exciting honor for Clemens Food Group,” said Doug Clemens, CEO of Clemens Food Group. “The Coldwater facility was an immense undertaking for a family-based company, but the strong collaboration between our partners, team members and the local community has positioned us for continued growth and success in Michigan and beyond.”


“This facility raises the bar for the protein industry, and Gray is excited to have been part of it,” added Stephen Gray, president and CEO of Gray Construction.


Multiple factors were included as part of the judging criteria for ProFood World’s Manufacturing Innovation Awards including the plant’s high level of technology advancement in processing and packaging machinery, major efficiency and cost-savings, exceptional worker recruitment and engagement programs, and major line changeover, flexible manufacturing, food safety, sustainability and maintenance improvement achievements.


About Clemens Food Group


The Clemens Food Group, founded in 1895, is a sixth-generation, family-owned vertically coordinated pork production operation including farming, processing, transportation and logistics. The company’s heritage is deeply rooted in strong family values with a commitment to being responsible and contributing members of the communities where it operates, always keeping the highest degree of ethics, integrity and stewardship. As one of the leading pork processing companies in the U.S., the business focuses on supplying the utmost quality products to its partners via a responsive and sustainable system, while also providing advanced solutions that simplifies its partners’ operations.


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About ProFood World Magazine


ProFood World meets the expanding information needs of manufacturing, engineering, operation and supply chain/logistics executives in the global food and beverage manufacturing industry. Industry’s most experienced journalists reports on news, trends, products and technologies in food safety, automation, processing, packaging, material handling and sustainability and an array of digital products.


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About Gray Construction


Gray Construction is a nationally ranked engineering, architecture and construction firm with nearly 60 years of experience in food and beverage, manufacturing, automotive, distribution and retail facility construction. Currently, Gray has several large projects that are under way or recently completed including: world-class DogStar® Kitchens for Champion Petfoods in Auburn, Ky., as well as custom-fitted NorthStar® Kitchens for Champion in Alberta, Canada; a state-of-the-art meat processing and packaging facility for Kraft Heinz recently named Food Engineering’s 2018 Plant of the Year in Davenport, Iowa; an award-winning bakery for Mondelēz International’s Enjoy Life Foods in Jeffersonville, Ind.; and a snack food manufacturing facility for More Than A Bakery in Versailles, Ky.


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"This facility raises the bar for the protein industry, and Gray is excited to have been part of it."
Stephen Gray, President & Chief Executive Officer, Gray, Inc.
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