EPIC Systems, Inc. recently integrated seven packaging lines at International Food Products’ new $20 million facility in St. Louis, MO. Four of the seven semi-automated packaging lines are new. The other two lines were relocated and retrofitted from a different International Food Products site.
EPIC performed FAT on site and fully tested the packaging lines before operation. The lines were fully integrated with a liquid processing system, also designed and installed by EPIC. The pre-engineered sanitary blending skids are equipped with multiple batch mixing systems, which feed into the seven liquid and powder packaging lines.
EPIC utilized a modular process approach to manufacture the systems during site civil construction. Onsite layout, utilities and a mechanical room was designed and completed by EPIC during construction.
“Through parallel construction, we were able to improve efficiency and shorten the project timeline,” says John Schott,” President of EPIC Systems, Inc.The automated batching systems are designed to increase capacity and efficiency on International Food Products’ liquid process lines. “This facility is a perfect fit for EPIC’s unique modular process and packaging line capabilities, Schott explained.
The greenfield facility is being installed at the location of the former Ford Motor Co. plant in Hazelwood, MO.The new 227,500 square foot industrial plant combines a distribution center with R&D operations for International Food Products. The company is family owned and employs 150 employees in the St. Louis region. Financing is provided by J.P. Morgan and is a joint venture between Prudential and Panattoni Development Company. International Food Products is the first business to move into Aviator Business Park. The development is a mixed-use business development.
ABOUT EPIC SYSTEMS: EPIC Systems, Inc. is a complete design, build and integration company that fabricates modular process systems and provides packaging line automation. Founded in 1995, EPIC Systems, Inc. is located in St. Louis, MO USA, with experience in multi-disciplined engineering and fabrication. For more information on EPIC’s modular process systems and/or packaging lines, visit www.epicsysinc.com and see how you can Do It Better.