10 January 2015
Don KRC, a division of George Weston Foods Limited (GWF), is a major manufacturer of ham, bacon and smallgoods.
As a result of acquisitions, GWF operated similar production processes across multiple sites and identified the need to consolidate four of their manufacturing sites to improve business efficiencies.
Wiley was engaged to design, engineer and construct the new facility which would bring these four separate operations together onto one site. Wiley worked with GWF very early in the process while the plans for consolidation and plant closures were highly confidential.
Wiley committed to a complex project well before it was fully designed on the strength of analysis rather than fully priced documents. Significant penalties were outlined by GWF if certain time and cost parameters were not met.
To accelerate progress and keep momentum on the project, Wiley invested time in forging constructive and trusting relationships with the client so everyone involved gained a clear understanding of the scale and complexity of what was being planned.
Building a new facility whilst implementing a range of new processing methods, equipment and technologies also proved a significant challenge.
Especially when it came to converting the following elements from design through into the construction phase:
The project adopted Rating systems to achieve a new benchmark in Environmental operating standards, including:
It also featured a range of Green Inititatives including:
Refrigeration, AC and Heating
Fit-out & Materials
Wiley delivered George Weston Foods a modern facility which consolidated their decentralised manufacturing operations and improved labour efficiencies by employing lean automation and process technology.
By meeting the key deadlines Wiley achieved on time occupancy of buildings and enabled equipment commissioning and process start up to occur as planned.
The inclusion of a cogeneration power plant was just one of the design points which vastly improved the client’s environmental performance and profile.
This new facility is Australia’s largest smallgoods factory and incorporates leading edge meat processing and environmental technology which will ensure they have the capacity for future growth and remain environmentally lean and green in a competitive and ever changing market.