Clemens Food Group—Coldwater, MI
Clemens Food Group is a sixth-generation, family-owned integrated pork production operation including farming, processing, transportation, and logistics. As one of the leading pork processing companies in the U.S., Clemens needed to expand operations to support record demand. In 2014, the customer chose a 400-acre site in Coldwater, Michigan, for its newest operation—the first greenfield project in Clemens’ 125-year history—and came to Gray to design and build the facility.
- LocationColdwater, MI
- Square Footage645,826 s.f.
- Operational34 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,” said Doug Clemens, President and CEO Clemens Food Group.
Putting Shared Values into Practice
As family-owned businesses, Gray and Clemens put worker safety, food safety, and animal welfare first. The Coldwater facility delivers all three with innovation and a commitment to premium quality.
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.
Gray provided a variety of design, construction, and engineering services for the project, including extensive work for the facility’s refrigeration systems and other
process utilities. Gray incorporated fully automated conveyance equipment and AS/RS into the facility’s design, resulting in improved efficiencies, a reduced building footprint, and a higher quality, more consistent product. At full capacity, the plant can process approximately 11,000 hogs per day.
Additionally, Gray implemented patented chilling procedures to ensure food safety and minimize product shrinkage, including a -25 °F Snap Chill freezer with a 3,128-ft chain, the longest and fastest such system in the world. 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 34-month project.
Clemens Chooses Gray for First Greenfield Facility
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.
Process & Packaging Systems Engineering
Automation & Controls
Custom equipment Ovens & cookers Process skids Batching equipment Clean-in-place systems Bioreactors Extruders Distributed products Mixers & blenders
- ProFood World Magazine Names New Clemens Food Group Plant Winner of Manufacturing Innovation Award
The new fresh pork processing facility for Clemens Food Group in Coldwater, Michigan has been named a winner in ProFood World magazine’s 2018 Manufacturing Innovation Awards. In its second annual awards competition, ProFood World recognizes outstanding processing and packaging operations in the food and beverage industry. Gray Construction completed the 650,000 s.f. fresh pork processing facility in 28 months, allowing Clemens to produce 12 million pounds of pork per week to feed the world.
Clemens Food Group is one of the leading pork processing companies in the U.S. When Clemens was looking to expand with a new smoked pork manufacturing facility, the company turned to trusted partner Gray for its design-build and food processing expertise.