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Williams Sausage Facility
September 28, 2018

Innovative was excited to complete and turn Williams Food Works’ facility fully over to service in August. The commissioning team had the nearly 2,000-horsepower processing plant up and running in just 6 days!  This project is a great example of how our engineering, construction and commissioning teams work together at Innovative to succeed and exceed expectations in our design-build operation.

Williams Food Works is a ready-to-eat, value-added plant. From the facility in Union City, Tennessee, sausage patties are shipped all over North America and Canada.

We were awarded the project in May of 2017 with RFW Construction Group. Engineers immediately started on the design process and were on site starting glycol and underground work last summer.

The project consisted of 10 Innovative penthouses, 16 Guntner evaporators with Innovative valve stations, 2 Evapco critical process air units, 4 Frick screw compressors, 3 Frick evaporator condensers and more.

The system has a full ePSM program; Innovative team members went and trained Williams Food Works staff on the PSM program. It has an Allen-Bradley PLC control microprocessor. It enables HMI graphics with a full 3D animated system. The advanced technology offers multiple levels of alarms, including texting and emailing.

The penthouses were set in November and we went into full construction after that. Two of the cooler penthouses are convertible; they have the option to convert the cooler space to freezer later on if they want to.

The total capacity of the facility is 1,854 horsepower and it has a total ammonia charge of 23,000 pounds. A unique aspect of the project was the blast freezing pallets. We were freezing more than half a million pounds of sausage at a time!

Here at Innovative, we love being able to help customers deliver their best product possible! Did you know the faster you freeze a product, the less likely for freezer burn in storage? This allows the product to be stored longer and stay fresher. The faster it’s frozen, the longer its life.

During the project, western Tennessee was extremely rainy; it made the project difficult at all levels of construction. However, this didn’t stop our production! Despite extreme challenges due to weather, Innovative finished the project on time.

In August, we were extremely pleased with how smoothly start up went. The commissioning team had the plant up and running in just 6 days! They couldn’t do their job as successfully without our engineering and construction team taking it to the next level as well. Kudos to everyone involved!

There is a prevision for future expansion at Williams Food Works. They have the ability to expand their refrigeration plant by 100 percent. We would love the opportunity to work with them again in the future!