The Fremont, Ohio Heinz facility produces ketchup, mustard, and specialty sauces for the food market. In late 2013, the H.J. Heinz Company allocated $12 million dollars for expansion of the Fremont facility to include new equipment installation, building improvements, and relocation of product lines from a closed facility in Canada.
IPS was contracted to install all process and utility piping including: stainless steel, carbon steel, copper, and PVC. IPS also installed new heat exchangers, three (3) 30,000-gallon stainless steel tanks for vinegar and sucrose, multiple process tanks, CIP skids for sanitizing the process equipment, and piping. Our IPS Electrical Division also completed all the electrical work for new production lines and utility equipment and constructed new electrical panels.
The upgraded facility is now able to produce, package, and label 30% more of its product then before. Heinz was also able to produce organic ketchup with only 100% organic ingredients, and still produce ketchup for the Canadian Market.
The magnitude of the expansion required multiple contractors working on site simultaneously. IPS coordinated work with the other contractors and scheduled the facility shut-downs and equipment deliveries, ensuring minimal disruption to ongoing work.