Gray Celebrates Grand Opening for Clemens Food Group’s New Meat Operation
Gray, a fully integrated, global services provider specializing in engineering, design, construction, operational improvements, digital, equipment manufacturing, and real estate services with decades of experience in the food & beverage market, and Clemens Food Group, a sixth generation family owned pork business, celebrated the grand opening of a new, smoked meats processing facility in Hatfield, Pennsylvania.
- LocationHatfield, PA
- Square Footage308,000 s.f.
- Operational15 months
Clemens, a vertically-coordinated pork processor, selected Gray to design and build its new 308,000 s.f. expansion to its Hatfield campus.
This is the second successful project collaboration for Gray and Clemens. Gray also designed and built the company’s first greenfield operation in Coldwater, Michigan.
The Hatfield greenfield facility is designed with superior segregation and sanitation controls for the separation of incoming raw ingredients to the finished Ready-To-Eat (RTE) products. Gray also designed and built an isolated viewing corridor for customers of the RTE process lines. In addition, the new operation features a 4,800-ton ammonia refrigeration system to support the process.
“This project is another testament to the excellence created when relationships are at the forefront,” says Stephen Gray, president and CEO, Gray, Inc. “Our team and the Clemens team are like family. Through this relationship we were able to navigate the challenges of not only a traditional project, but also the added pressures of Covid-19, and still create a great facility.”
Owning brands such as Hatfield, Farm Promise, and Premium Reserve, Clemens is the fifth largest pork processor in the U.S. The new operation will allow an increase of production to better serve its customers across the country.
“Clemens Food Group operates with our core values of ethics, integrity, and stewardship always at the forefront,” shares Craig Edsill, CEO of Clemens Food Group. “We are pleased to work with great companies, like Gray, that do the same. The Hatfield North Expansion project is key to the growth of our company and our impact on the communities where we live and work. It utilizes best-in-class quality and food safety systems and design to provide our customers with high quality, innovative products. We are thankful to each and every person who helped build this excellent facility.”
The ceremony featured a number of special guests, including Pennsylvania State Representative Steve Malagari, Pennsylvania State Senator Maria Collett, Vice President of Hatfield Board of Commissioners Bob Rodgers, and County Commissioner Barb Zimmerman.
Gray is a fully integrated, global service provider deeply rooted in engineering, design, construction, digital, equipment manufacturing, and real estate services. Consistently ranked among the top industrial contractors in the U.S., we focus on the following markets for domestic and international customers: Food & Beverage, Manufacturing, Automotive, Distribution, Mission Critical, and Commercial.
Founded in 1960, Gray has grown to encompass a complementary family of brands designed to augment and enhance each other’s specialized capabilities without gaps or redundancies. Our robust offering enables us to create one-of-a-kind solutions at the highest levels of customization, delivering unmatched precision and partnership to some of the world’s most sophisticated organizations.
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.
For more information, visit https://clemensfoodgroup.com/.