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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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The Austin Company Celebrates 100 Years of Serving the Aviation, Aerospace and Defense Industry

Since 1916, The Austin Company has served the aviation, aerospace and defense industry, and is proud to celebrate 100 years of service to this industry in 2016 – a centennial that we share with The Boeing Company and Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine.

Throughout these 100 years, Austin architects, engineers and constructors have accomplished great feats and devised many innovations for the aviation sector. We designed and built the largest industrial building in the world for The Boeing Company in Everett, WA. Our innovations include bi-fold hangar doors, fiberglass wall panels for WWII bomber plants that saved metal, induced airflows to improve ventilation in large plants, and rolling work platforms to speed schedules.

These innovations have contributed to the success of our clients by enabling them to operate in more efficient environments, optimize the flexibility of their operations, and meet aggressive schedules.

Aviation is in Our DNA

Wilbert Austin, son of our founder Samuel Austin, joined his father’s business in 1904 after graduating with his engineering degree. He conceived the then heretical idea of combining engineering and construction in one firm to offer a complete facility service. This was the dawn of The Austin Method®.

Wilbert was also fascinated with flight. His passion drove the Company’s pursuit of and growth in the budding aviation industry.

In 1916, America was on the brink of entering the war in Europe. The aviation industry had progressed from primitive gliders to innovative and more sophisticated military aircraft required to support the war effort. In this time of anticipation and innovation, The Austin Company saw great potential in utilizing The Austin Method® and its standard building designs to fast-track complex projects.

Implementation of The Austin Method® coincided with the growth of the aviation industry.

Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Corporation

Placing ads in The Literary Digest in 1916, Austin promoted the speed in which it could design and build industrial facilities. These ads caught the eye of representatives at Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Corporation in Buffalo, NY.

Glenn Curtiss, one of the early visionaries in American aviation, was a driving force in aircraft development. Given his reputation and America’s entry into the war, Curtiss received a large contract from the U.S. government to build aircraft for the U.S. Army and Navy.

As a result, Curtiss developed a simple, easy to fly, two-seat training aircraft – the JN-4 “Jenny” for the Army and the N-9 seaplane version for the Navy. Curtiss needed expanded manufacturing facilities to fulfill the government’s large order, so a connection was made with The Austin Company to determine whether Austin could deliver on its claims of speed and economy.

Austin promised Curtiss the design and construction of a new 540,000 square-foot aircraft manufacturing facility in 120 days. Ultimately, another 63,000 square-foot building was added and the project was completed in 90 days. This was the world’s largest industrial facility of its time, and Curtiss became the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer during the war.

“In 1916, The Austin Company was one of the few companies in the U.S. that would integrate design and construction,” explains Mike Pierce, president of The Austin Company. “It was wartime and production had to move quickly. There was an unbelievably aggressive schedule.”

The resulting facility was so well designed and constructed that it continued to function as an aircraft production plant through World War II. After Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Corporation, the facility was home to Curtiss-Wright Corporation, Bell Aircraft Corporation, M. Wile Clothing Co., and a portion still exists today as a Home Depot shopping center.

Continuing to deliver “Results, not Excuses”®

Speed and economy continue to be cornerstones of Austin’s work. In fact, nearly 100 years after Curtiss, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems needed a project completed on a highly accelerated schedule, and they, too, turned to The Austin Company. The resulting facility, a highly specialized 210,000-square-foot program engineering and laboratory building, was implemented in just over one year – a planning, design, engineering and construction effort that under industry standards would have taken three years to complete. This facility was later recognized with regional design-build awards from the Design-Build Institute of America and Engineering News Record.

We’ve Been There, We’ll Be There

Throughout 2016, Austin will be featuring milestone projects, releasing a 100-year history video, and publishing a commemorative book. Materials and additional information can be found at www.theaustin.com/aerospace-defense-aviation.

Representative clients include:

  • Northrop Grumman
  • Embraer
  • Douglas
  • Eastern
  • Northwest
  • The Boeing Company
  • Airbus
  • Continental
  • Fairchild
  • McDonnell
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Bombardier
  • Consolidated Aircraft
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • United

Austin would also like to take this opportunity to thank our clients for their relationships, collaboration and support. It is a pleasure to serve you and we look forward to the next 100 years.  

Related Resources

The Meaning of 100 Years – Blog by Mike Pierce, president of The Austin Company

Aviation, Aerospace & Defense – Information on The Austin Company website

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