in size as it is bigger than any other packager we have. It does, however, have a number of unique features that will more than justify its footprint on floor. This machine has the ability to run zippered pouches, can run a variety of pouch sizes from large to small, can accommodate 3 filler heads and can generally run faster than any other machine
we have on the floor. The list of additional features is also very impressive in regards to safety, ease of use and quality of finished product. We might need to read the owner’s manual on this one, but we have sky high hopes for it once it is up and going.
Keep an eye out for this new equipment on the floor and just like a kid’s list for Christmas, there are a lot more items on our wish list…so watch for news on more additions in the coming months. GETTING TO KNOW A-Shift Sanitation The contract packaging A-Shift Sanitation crew consists of eight employees who manage to get their hands dirty in a variety of ways supporting all of our packaging lines in all facilities as well as general housekeeping duties in a number of areas. What at one time was a just-do-it type of job has evolved into a much more defined area domi- nated by written procedures and an understanding that work needs to be documented and verified or it is often con- sidered as never having happened at all. Our group of eight has a varied set of job responsibilities. Tasks include but are not limited to changeover sup- port, container management, janitorial duties, pest control, environmental monitoring, master sanitation and recy- cling. Nearly one third of our average 55 weekly changeovers are supported by our A-Shift group and these de- mand a lot of our time and planning efforts. Janitorial duties also account for about a person and a half worth of time commitment. It is obvious that this group has a variety of responsibilities and touches nearly our entire facility in one way or an- other. We simply wouldn’t operate without them and appreciate all they do to help keep our facility operational every single day. Ben Fichter (Floor Manager) Years at Crest Foods: 34
Interests: Wildlife and nature photography, camping with my wife (April) and dogs 1 thing most don’t know about me: My wife named our dogs after country music stars: Rucker and Paisley.
Austin Tornow Years at Crest Foods: 2 Interests: Video games, movies, spending time with my family 1 thing most don’t know about me: I’m married and have 2 kids. I also collect dragons.
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