Agri-Food construction: How to renovate without disrupting factory operations

Across all industries, business growth will often lead to factory expansion projects. While this is a sure sign of success, it will require a significant investment and impeccable planning. In the agri-food construction industry, several factors have to be considered to avoid disrupting production and risking losing customers.  

In this article, you will find tips for planning your construction project. Before hiring a general contractor, make sure that the company specializes in agri-food plant renovations.

Assessing the Needs of Your Agri-Food Business

Factories in the agri-food industry come in a range of buildings and layouts. Each production method is different, as are the applicable health and safety requirements. A specialized general contractor will take the time to assess the plant’s operations and needs. Solutions put forward by the general contractor will be tailored to the specific context of this facility. The contractor will also present a detailed plan for construction and will work withplant managers.

For the contractor, the goal is to present a flexible plan that the client can adapt to their production. While renovations are underway, workers and materials must be able to move freely within the space, which means that work has to be done outside of the factory’s high-productivity hours.

Maintaining a Clean Job Site

Unsurprisingly, cleanliness is one of the biggest challenges when renovating an agri-food factory. The general contractor has to respect current regulations to ensure safe food production. This aspect of the project needs to be the number one priority for construction experts and their subcontractors. Most importantly, all work has to comply with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) system, as well as with standards set by the Safe Quality Food Institute, the Global Food Safety Industry and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Before hiring a general contractor, make sure that they the experience required for the job and that they will be able to comply with all health and food safety standards. This critical point will allow you to maintain food quality for all production, throughout the stages of construction work.

Dividing the Work into Stages

This phase in the planning process is particularly important when the work involves electricity, water, or gas access points. Plus, splitting renovations up into different phases helps limit interference between construction work and plant production. A general contractor specializing in agri-food factory renovations will explain the different stages of the project and their potential impact on production.

Hire Agri-Food Construction Experts

Regardless of the size of your business, you absolutely need to consult an agri-food plant construction and renovation expert like Syscomax. A companyspecializing in this field will take on risk management and ensure compliance with health and safety standards for food production. This type of company also coordinates construction work to limit its impact on factory production. Plus, their expertise in the agri-food industry will allow the company to carry out all renovations in a food safe environment.

If you have an agri-food construction project in mind, please contact us today. Syscomax has many years of experience in the agri-food construction industry. Our specialized professionals can support you throughout all stages of your project and provide valuable advice to ensure profitability.

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