Just last week, LSI helped celebrate the grand opening of Riviana Foods’ new 431,000 square foot plant in Memphis (see the article on the grand opening here). You can also read more about the grand opening here. Riviana broke ground in February 2008, and invested approximately $70MM in the plant and has created over 200 jobs for the Memphis community. The company also announced last week that a new microwavable product will be made in the Memphis plant. This will be an additional $12M investment and an additional 22 jobs will be created. This product is currently produced in Spain by Riviana’s parent company, Ebro Puleva Foods. The company also notes that there is excess space to add more production capacity to the Memphis facility as it becomes necessary.
Other brands under the Riviana/Ebro Puleva include New World Pasta.
LSI started working with Riviana on the plant before ground was broken and performed the following tasks for this Greenfield facility:
- P&ID Drawings
- Electrical Controls design, including all panels associated with processing and truck unloading
- Electrical contractor bid package
- PLC programming for the processing area, truck unloading, integration of the OEM supplied equipment, and interfaces to packaging equipment
- HMI design and programming, including server setup
- S88 batch implementation
- Control networks design and implementation
- Mechanical design and equipment layout
- Mechanical installation management and scheduling
- Project management and scheduling
- Panel fabrication
- Startup and commissioning
LSI was thanked at the celebration for being a part of the success. LSI strongly believes that Riviana is great for Memphis and we are looking forward to working with them for years to come! For more information on LSI, click here.
So how would a National Account Manager from Omron go about approaching Riviana Foods about our controls platform/Automation Solutions?
Any input/history you can provide would be appreciated.