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Florida Bread Selects The Austin Company to Master Plan New Bakery Facility in Taiwan

New baking production facility will improve efficiency and increase production.

Florida Bread (www.bread.com.tw/), a 67-year-old bakery in Taipei, Taiwan, is growing rapidly and needs a new production facility that consolidates operations, improves efficiency and increases production.

Florida Bread has engaged the United States’ leading bakery design-builder, The Austin Company (www.theaustin.com), to provide master planning services for the new facility design and process equipment layout. Austin’s team visited Taipei over the summer to gain an understanding of existing operations and the site for the new facility.

The new production facility will total 5,000 square-meters (approximately 54,000 SF) once complete.

Florida Bread produces specialty-baked goods, including breads, flatbreads, tortillas, cookies and cake. Their products are sold in several company owned bakery-cafes in Taipei. In addition, Florida Bread sells products to restaurants and supermarkets, including Costco.

The Austin Company has more than 80 years of experience serving the baking and snack industry. Austin’s in-house, integrated services include site location, planning, equipment layout, process integration, architectural design, engineering, construction, equipment installation and project management for projects throughout North America, Europe and Asia. 

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Pretzels, Inc. Selects The Austin Company to Locate, Design and Build New Facility

New highly efficient baking production facility designed and built to address new FSMA requirements.

October 10, 2016 – Following the devastating loss of a facility to a fire in June, Pretzels Inc. selected The Austin Company (www.theaustin.com) to provide complete site selection, incentive negotiation, due diligence, design, engineering and construction services for a new baking production facility.

“Austin’s integrated approach across all of our needs really differentiated them and allowed us and them to move faster than anyone else to get a new plant operational,” explains Scott Smith, CEO with Pretzels, Inc.

On September 6, Pretzels Inc. announced the selection of an existing 45,000 square-foot shell building in Plymouth, Indiana, for production of their popular peanut-butter-filled pretzels. The shell building will be modified on a fast-track schedule to create a highly efficient production plant designed to address the new FSMA requirements and provide flexibility to accommodate future expansion.

“We pride ourselves on being there for our clients and are pleased to support Pretzels with this time-critical and important project,” says Brandon Davis, General Manager and Vice President of Operations with The Austin Company. “Our team’s experience in the baking industry and full-service, innovative approach made this partnership a natural fit.”

Austin is implementing proven, proprietary approaches to ensure the fast-track project is completed as efficiently, safely and with the highest quality possible:

  • The Austin Method®, Austin’s proprietary, single-source integrated project delivery approach, will be utilized throughout the project to ensure seamless delivery of services in the fastest manner possible.
  • Austin’s Best Practices Bakery Planning Guide, will be utilized to ensure the best and latest innovations in bakery design and construction are used to meet the facility’s unique requirements.

The new production facility is expected to bring 65 new jobs to the area.  

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How to Design and Build a Better Bakery

The Austin Company: Building Better Bakeries Through Innovation

The Austin Company is a proud supporter of the American Bakers Association (ABA) and the Baking Equipment Manufacturers and Allied (BEMA), and sponsor of the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) and Innovation Showcase, October 8-11 in Las Vegas. Our team truly enjoyed catching up with friends, starting new relationships, and sharing ideas at this year's record-breaking show. 

 

While the show comes to a close, we look forward to continuing these discussions and helping bakers utilize innovative best practices that result in a safer, more efficient, and more productive food production facility. 

In case we missed you at the show or you weren't able to attend, please enjoy the materials below and contact us to further discuss how we can help you optimize your next facility project.

 

Contact: Matt Eddleman

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Austin Receives Liberty Mutual Gold Safety Award

Austin is proud to announce that we received a 2015 Liberty Mutual Gold Safety Award for working over 500,000 hours without a lost time accident.
 
The award was presented to Austin managers by TJ Whorton from Liberty Mutual. Our continual focus on safety and quality on each project, our technology on the job site, accountability and the pursuit of “Results, not Excuses®” all attribute to our exceptional safety record. We celebrate our safety record and are thankful to all who have made this possible.
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Austin Recognized with Business Longevity Award

The Austin Company is proud to be a recipient of the Smart Business 2016 Business Longevity Award. Austin, along with other Northeast Ohio companies with more than 50 years in business, was recognized for its service to both clients and the community throughout the past 138 years.  

An awards ceremony, hosted by Smart Business, included a short presentation on each company receiving an award. The award celebrates the innovative, determined and entrepreneurial spirit that is required of businesses navigating the challenges of today's economy and business climate. 

Throughout these 138 years, Austin has faced and weathered various challenges and continues to thrive and adapt. We are proud to support the Northeast Ohio community and to have been recognized with this award. 

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39th Annual Plant Construction Survey: Projects Peak as Consumer Demands Grow

From the June 2016 issue of Food Engineering

The total number of reportable food projects in 2015 (694) represents a 9.3 percent increase over 2014’s number (635) and a 26 percent increase over the 10-year simple average of 551. The total new reportable food projects in 2015 (221) is a 0.45 percent increase over 2014’s 220 and a 32 percent share of the 694 total projects in 2015. The 2015 renovations/expansions category total (473 projects) is 14 percent higher than 2014’s total (415 projects). The renovations/expansions category accounts for 68 percent of total projects in 2015.

“New construction over the last few years has declined in lieu of the renovations and expansions of existing facilities,” says Sean Barr, senior director of project planning for The Austin Company. “Food manufacturing companies appear to be ensuring they fully utilize their existing resources, prior to executing greenfield projects.”

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Location Incentives for Aerospace: New Ideas are Taking Off

From the May/June 2016 issue of Trade & Industry Development, by Frank Spano and Susan Riffle of The Austin Company

The aerospace industry is undoubtedly healthy and growing. Global air traffic for both passenger and freight, according to Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast, is expected to grow at a rate of 4.6 percent annually from now through 2034.

It’s not surprising, therefore, that state, county and local/municipal Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) have been -- and continue to be -- very serious in their efforts to attract aerospace manufacturers and top-tier suppliers to their areas. The resulting “brass ring” of locating a large aerospace operation in their community means job growth that can number in the thousands, highly-skilled worker salaries that can rank substantially above the national average, and a jump-start in economic prosperity that can span an entire region.

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Location Incentives for Aerospace: New Ideas are Taking Off

From the May/June 2016 issue of Trade & Industry Development, by Frank Spano and Susan Riffle of The Austin Company

The aerospace industry is undoubtedly healthy and growing. Global air traffic for both passenger and freight, according to Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast, is expected to grow at a rate of 4.6 percent annually from now through 2034.

It’s not surprising, therefore, that state, county and local/municipal Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) have been -- and continue to be -- very serious in their efforts to attract aerospace manufacturers and top-tier suppliers to their areas. The resulting “brass ring” of locating a large aerospace operation in their community means job growth that can number in the thousands, highly-skilled worker salaries that can rank substantially above the national average, and a jump-start in economic prosperity that can span an entire region.

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The Austin Company Creates Northrop Grumman Center of Excellence

From the April 2016 issue of Dixie Contractor, by Debra Wood

The Austin Company recently completed three projects at Northrop Grumman's Centers of Excellence in Melbourne and St. Augustine, Florida, including a new production home for the U.S. Navy’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Aircraft – Building 100. 

“The new facility is a ‘hybrid’ between an aircraft hangar and manufacturing building,” says Ken Stone, Vice President and Project Executive of Austin. It was designed with flexibility to accommodate for future uses if Northrop Grumman’s needs change over the building’s anticipated 50-plus year life.

Austin provided planning, architectural design, engineering and construction services for the new production center. The company completed the first and largest phase of the project two months ahead of the original 18-month schedule.

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Understanding the Aerospace Industry Workforce

How Communities Can Attract This Industry Through Smart and Strategic Workforce Practices

The March/April 2016 issue of Expansion Solutions magazine included a feature article written by Frank Spano, Bianca Holtier Coury and Susan Riffle on "Understanding the Aerospace Industry Workforce."

In 2016, The Austin Company is celebrating 100 years of service to the aviation, aerospace and defense industry. Join our mailing list, follow us on social media, and read our blog to receive articles, whitepapers and more as we recognize this milestone and reflect on this industry's remarkable history. 

 

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