Kraft Heinz & Spec Engineering, A Gray Company, Receive Manufacturing Innovation Award

At PACK Expo, held in Las Vegas, ProFood World, a leading food & beverage manufacturing publication, awarded Kraft Heinz and Spec Engineering, a Gray company, a 2021 Manufacturing Innovation Award. The companies were recognized for a modernized equipment system of a new cheese formulation in Wausau, WI.

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“Production innovation remains a high priority for these award-winning companies,” says Joyce Fassl, Editor in Chief of ProFood World.


Spec Engineering completed a multi-line expansion containing new equipment and processes to four rooms including dry ingredient bulk bag unloaders, a liquid cheese cook room, a drying and blending room, and a clean-in-place (CIP) sanitation system. All new equipment was specifically designed and manufactured to be safe and ergonomic for the plant operators, while increasing production rates from 7,000 lbs. per hour to 10,000 lbs. per hour.


The Manufacturing Innovation Awards have occurred annually for five years and recognize outstanding food & beverage processing and packaging innovation projects involving greenfield plants, expansion and renovation projects, or line upgrades.


Gray also successfully completed the award-winning Kraft Heinz plant in Davenport, IA, and was awarded a Manufacturing Innovation Award for Clemens Food Group its highly automated, fresh pork processing facility located in Coldwater, MI.


About Gray


Gray is a fully integrated, international service provider deeply rooted in engineering, design, construction, smart manufacturing, and equipment manufacturing 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, ManufacturingAutomotiveDistribution, 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—which includes strategy, operational improvements, construction, extensive engineering, automation & controls, and equipment manufacturing—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.


For more information on Gray, visit and follow us @Gray.


About Spec Engineering, A Gray Company


Since 1979, Spec has been a single source for system design and process equipment integration. We specialize in processing systems from raw materials through packaging. With over 40 years of expertise in storing, feeding, conveying, mixing, blending, batching, controls, and automation for food & beverage, bakery & confections, pet food, specialty chemical, plastics, minerals & concrete, nutraceuticals/nutritionals, coatings, and metal powders, Spec works with customers to meet demands in bulk processing and material handling by providing practical design solutions that cater to their unique needs. Our personalized solutions in equipment and technology give customers a competitive edge in the ever-changing global marketplace. In 2019, Spec joined the Gray family of brands to complement its process engineering services. As a Gray company, we continue to offer comprehensive expertise tailored to each customer’s needs.


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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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    September 29, 2021
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