Dry Extrusion Pet Food Facility - Lebanon, Tenn.
1993 and 1997
Nutro Products, Inc.
Design and Construction
T.E. Ibberson Company (TEI) was awarded the contract for a premium new dog and cat food facility that was a highly confidential project at the time it was conceived and built. The extruded, dry petfood process was designed jointly by Nutro and Ibberson. The facility itself was designed and constructed by Ibberson.
The 245,000 square-foot plant includes a 135’ slipform batch mix tower and an 81’ precast concrete packaging tower. The towers facilitate gravity and pneumatic material handling, which minimize cleaning and sanitation issues.
The design criteria mandated that the production plant be expandable by as much as 100 percent of its original capacity without downtime or loss of production. In addition, the site was designed for future production and warehouse expansion which was completed in 1997.
The fast-track project took thirteen months from groundbreaking to start-up. The scope and the aggressive schedule prompted TEI to assign three assistant superintendents and two on-site engineers.