The existing system at the Sidney plant was not a true turnkey solution but rather a combination of machinery from different vendors. The line had only been used in production for a few years, and Cargill had quickly realized that it could not keep up with their production goals.
What was needed was a high-efficiency turnkey system that included a PET blow molder, filler, labeler, and packer all from a single source. Some members of the production team were familiar with the quality and efficiency of Krones equipment, which made it an early favorite. When the options were narrowed down to Krones and another vendor, Krones won. According to Luke Schwieterman, Operations Superintendent at Cargill, the deciding factor was Krones' ability to offer strong local service support: “Krones has a nice footprint in the US. I have not seen that same kind of local support with other global companies,” he says. Once chosen, Krones set to work to meet Cargill’s high standards of implementation and safety.
“Our goals of any project are: on time, on budget, and performs as planned,” says Alex Miller. “A lot of times it is very hard to meet those three – but this project did. We planned for the first bottle production 14 months out. We missed by one day. So I’d say that’s on time!”