It’s the dream of every entrepreneur to expand his agri-food plant. It’s a sign of success that can increase his production capacity and increase his market share. But, it’s still necessary to keep the production line operating during construction to prevent the customer from crumbling. A general contractor specializing in the renovation of agri-food factories holds the key to the vault to enable a successful expansion project.

Analyze customer needs
The first step in completing an agri-food plant expansion is to perform a proper analysis of the customer’s needs. Effective communication is essential to properly understand the constraints inherent in the project. An agri-food building constructor will understand how the plant works and then suggest appropriate solutions. Detailed planning can then be submitted to the client to minimize the impact of construction work on production operations and thereby quality assurance of food.
Good project management in agri-food construction necessarily implies flexibility on the part of the general contractor. The schedule and the organization of the work will be adapted to the realities of the factory, the places will be safe and clean throughout the renovation project, and the movement of employees and materials will be maintained.

Experts in agri-food construction
Appealing to an agribusiness builder for a factory construction or renovation project is a way to guarantee that the project will be carried out smoothly while controlling risks. Specialists in agri-food plant construction have the expertise to work in a “clean” environment. The expansion or modifications of the existing plant will be carried out efficiently and with exemplary rigour. The work will be rigorously coordinated with the production and quality management teams to ensure that the daily production operations of the agri-food plant are maintained.

Lead the project in several phases
The most effective solution is often to develop the agri-food construction project in several phases. As a first step, it is important to identify access points such as electricity and services that will have an impact on production. Ensure that old facilities are maintained to allow the plant to remain operational. Current operations, personnel and goods will then continue to circulate in the plant. Subsequently, the construction work of the industrial building is deployed.

A clean project: an absolute priority
One of the top priorities for any project that plans to build an agri-food plant is to ensure the hygiene and sanitation of the premises. A general contractor specializing in agri-food construction knows the regulations in force and the strict standards that must be respected at all times. It must meet several certifications that ensure the constant prioritization of food security without compromise. In particular, the agri-food building constructor must comply with the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system overseen by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. It must also follow the standards set by the Safe Quality Food Institute, the Global Food Safety Industry and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Also, make sure that subcontractors meet these standards to limit your risk management. Once these considerations are taken into account, you will only need to take advantage of your expansion to continue offering your customers quality products and now on a larger scale.
At Frare & Gallant, General Contractor, our experts in agri-food construction, expansion and renovation of manufacturing plants, accompany you throughout your project. We have been meeting every challenge for 40 years. Our goal: Participate, with you as a partner, in the achievement of your growth projects for both local and international markets!