Manufacturing News

Northeast Foods takes unconventional approach, achieves excellence

brian king am king dennis colliton
Brian King of A M King, Dennis Colliton of Northeast Foods, Joyce Fassl of Food Engineering and Rich Tommy of Northeast Foods participated in the Plant of the Year Award ceremony held during the 2012 Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference.

The engineering team from Northeast Foods’ Automatic Rolls of North Carolina hamburger bun manufacturing facility, winner of Food Engineering’s 2012 Plant of the Year award, participated in a special presentation at FE’s annual Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference. More than 200 food and beverage industry executives and suppliers attended the conference and Plant of the Year Award ceremony held in April in Fort Myers, FL.

High throughput characterizes all Northeast Foods plants, but this greenfield facility, located in Clayton, NC and a sole supplier to McDonald’s restaurants in the Southeast, utilizes an unconventional approach to traditional automation, quality and sustainability.

According to Food Engineering Editor in Chief Joyce Fassl, the key reasons the facility was named the 2012 winner included a novel, state-of-the-art baking pan orientation/gantry system with interconnected AS/AR system; more than 15 types of fully automated systems; and significant green practices including oven heat recovery and solar-heated water.

Fassl presented the 2012 award to Northeast Foods Vice President of Engineering Dennis Colliton, who was joined by Rich Tommy, vice president and plant manager of the Clayton facility. In addition, Fassl presented a plaque to Brian King of A M King Construction for the firm’s innovative engineering and construction management of the Northeast Foods plant project.

A complete report about the Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference can be found on pages 77-82 in this issue. For more information about the award-winning Northeast Foods facility, see the April 2012 issue of Food Engineering. 

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Food Engineering Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

IPPE 2015

The 2015 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) was held in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center, Jan. 27-29. More than 30,000 poultry, meat and feed industry representatives attended the event to interact with the 1,288 exhibitors on the show floor that covered more than 490,000 net square feet. At the show exhibitors demonstrated innovations in equipment, supplies and services utilized by firm in the production and processing of meat, poultry, eggs and feed products.


Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
More Podcasts

Food Engineering

Food Engineering February 2015 Cover

2015 February

In this February 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how energy waste caused by leaks in compressed air, steam and water or faulty building insulation/seals can be reduced with the right equipment and knowledge.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

FSMA Audit

What is the is most important step you have taken to become ready for a FSMA audit?
View Results Poll Archive


Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


FE recent tweets

facebook_40.pngtwitter_40px.pngyoutube_40px.png linkedin_40px.pngGoogle +

Food Master

Food Engineering Food Master 2015Food Master 2015 is now available!

Where the buying process begins in the food and beverage manufacturing market. 

Visit to learn more.