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Custom Automated Processing Line Delivers Huge Value

Brinkman's Value Created

Brinkman’s Cannery and Greenhouse, located in Findlay, OH, processes turkey, chicken, beef, pork and other related food products. The company provides canning for individuals looking for an alternative to freezing. Quality is the family tradition and their products are all natural, fully cooked, ready to heat and serve, with no refrigeration required. The workers in the cannery hand pack the cans to produce the finest product in the region.

In order to meet the growing demand for their products and improve the overall production capacity, Brinkman’s identified a need to add a new automated processing line. For help with process engineering, Brinkman’s contacted CIFT.

CIFT’s engineering team worked closely with Brinkman’s to design and install a new automated processing line. The processing line was uniquely set-up to fit Brinkman’s current needs, while also allowing for future scalability with existing equipment. Part of Brinkman’s high-quality products include a manual, hand pack aspect, so the new processing line was also designed to complement those key manual operations in the process. 

From this automated processing line project, Brinkman’s was able to retain 8 jobs and increase sales by $300,000. They also retained $1,000,000 in sales and saved over $25,000 in costs, while avoiding $20,000 in unnecessary investments.

“Collaborating with CIFT’s engineering team took a huge burden off my shoulders, freeing me up to do the necessary in-house work that comes with day-to-day operations. The work was quick and efficient, and the system was designed and installed smoothly.” — Dustin Brinkman, Cannery Manager at Brinkman’s Cannery and Greenhouse

To learn more about our food processing and engineering services, visit our food processing webpage.

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#essential

#essential – the untold story of the Ohio food industry and the pandemic

New short film explores the story of food production in Ohio during the pandemic

The pandemic that began in March 2020 disrupted every aspect of our live. Our first responders and medical workers deservedly have been recognized for all of their work to help get us back through.

But one aspect of the pandemic rarely gets discussed: Food production couldn’t shut down. People still needed to eat. And the way people needed to get their food had changed almost instantly.

Because of our work at CIFT, we had a front row seat to the choices and challenges the people who keep us fed had to face and make. What we witnessed amazed us and filled us with pride for our industry.

This is a story that needs to be told. And because of our unique position serving the state of Ohio, we decided to create a documentary short to give the public a glimpse behind their grocery shelves and take-out packages.

Online Premiere Details

We have finished the film and are excited to announce the online premiere of #essential – the untold story of the Ohio food industry and the pandemic. The premiere will be on August 26th at 2pm via our Facebook and YouTube channels.

The premiere will be followed by an online Q&A with our team as well as participants from the film. If you are interested in participating in the Q&A, please contact Todd Underwood at tunderwood@ciftinnovation.org for more information. Registration is limited for that portion, so please register early.

To join live, learn more at our website.