Hill's Pet Nutrition
Integrated Services for Highly Automated Pet Food Facility.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition is a subsidiary of Colgate-Palmolive and a recognized leader of high-quality pet food and treats.
The customer selected Gray, a worldwide leader in the pet food industry, to design and build a state-of-the-art wet pet food production facility on an 80-acre site just outside of Kansas City.
- Tonganoxie, KSLocation
- 366850 s.f.Square Footage
- 27 monthsOperational
Through its family of companies, Gray provided total project services for the 366,000 s.f. greenfield facility, from feasibility studies to a host of expert solutions including automation, sanitary process, engineering, and advanced controls.
In addition to the company’s industry-leading design-build services, Gray provided integrated controls and robotics central to the ultramodern plant’s design, as well as end-to-end solutions for all of the process engineering for the project, which incorporated highly automated process and packing equipment throughout the facility.
Gray’s equipment manufacturing capabilities also came into play, with Gray providing design and fabrication services for more than 25 stainless-steel platforms to house the plant’s process equipment. Each platform was custom-built for the Hill’s facility and follows AISC and OSHA guidelines. To meet stringent sanitary requirements, the platforms feature a sloped design that enables complete drainage following washdown cycles. Many of the platforms house equipment on multiple tiers, including the plant’s Clean-in-Place (CIP) system platforms, which feature a double-deck design. Following custom equipment design and manufacturing services, Gray sourced key components—including pumps, valves, sanitary hoses, tubing, and fittings—and customized them for the ideal fit into the facility layout.
The new facility allows Hill’s to boost production capacity to support its growing global market reach and creates more than 100 jobs for the community.
- SteelMore than 5,500 tons of steel
- Concrete25,000 cubic yards of concrete
- Electrical1.5 million linear feet of electrical wire
- Utilities365,000 gallon underground storm system
- EquipmentMore than 25 custom stainless-steel equipment platforms
Process & Packaging Systems Engineering
Automation & Controls
Custom equipment Ovens & cookers Process skids Batching equipment Clean-in-place systems Bioreactors Extruders Distributed products Mixers & blenders Control panel fabrication