Clemens Food Group—Coldwater, MI

Once-in-a-Century Opportunity.

Clemens Food Group is one of the leading pork processing companies in the U.S. In 2014, the company came to Gray in need of facility to support its growing operations. They chose Coldwater, Michigan as the greenfield project site – the company’s first in its 125-year history.

  • Location
    Coldwater, MI
  • Square Footage
    650,000 s.f.
  • Operational
    28 months
Clemens Food Group—Coldwater, MI
Coldwater, MI
650,000 s.f.
28 months
"At a fundamental level, Gray’s and Clemens’ values align with one another. We needed to partner with somebody where trust was the cornerstone of the journey."
Doug Clemens, President and CEO

Clemens Food Group

“At a fundamental level, Gray’s and Clemens’ values align with one another. We needed to partner with somebody where trust was the cornerstone of the journey,” said Doug Clemens, President and CEO Clemens Food Group.

Putting Shared Values into Practice


As family-owned businesses, both Gray and Clemens put worker safety, food safety, and animal welfare first. The Coldwater facility delivers all three – with significant innovation.


The facility follows Temple Grandin’s humane livestock handling methods, designed to provide comfort, fresh water, and freedom of movement. Each hog is tracked throughout the process and passes through multiple USDA inspections. The facility features a -25 degree Fahrenheit Snap Chill freezer with a 3,128-ft. chain, the longest and fastest Snap Chill in the world.


Coldwater’s automation process greatly increased efficiency, reduced the building’s size, and shortened the production cycle. Clean-in-Place and Clean-Out-Of-Place ensures thorough sanitation and food safety technology throughout the facility. Most importantly: the Clemens and Gray teams celebrated 1,000,000 safe man-hours with more than 1,000 workers onsite during the 28-month construction process.


Clemens Chooses Gray for First Greenfield Facility

Safety and efficiency are key for the customer's new pork processing plant.

Project Updates

Sharing Our Success

ProFood World recognized Gray and Clemens for the new Coldwater facility at the magazine’s annual Manufacturing Innovation Awards ceremony in Chicago. The leading industry publication recognized the companies for the state-of-the-art design/build project—Michigan’s first pork processing facility.

Find Out Why

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  • Process & Packaging Systems Engineering

    Civil/Building Engineering

    Mechanical/Electrical Engineering

  • Architecture


    Sustainable Design

  • Pre-Construction



  • Automation & Controls

    Production-First IT



  • Custom equipment Ovens & cookers
    Process skids Batching equipment
    Clean-in-place systems Bioreactors
    Extruders Distributed products
    Mixers & blenders
  • Feasibility Studies


    Incentive Coordination

    Land Acquisition

    Construction Financing

    Build-to-Suit/Sale Leaseback

  • Master Planning

    Front-end Services

    Strategy Consulting

"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."
Joyce Fassl, Editor in Chief

ProFood World Magazine

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