KANSAS CITY, MO. — CRB announced May 6 it was chosen to design and construct Freshpet, Inc.’s third and largest pet food manufacturing facility in Ennis, Texas. Once completed, the new facility will employ 400 people, almost doubling the company’s workforce, and is expected to play a significant role in helping Freshpet exceed $1 billion in sales by 2025.

“Our third Freshpet Kitchen in Ennis is the perfect location to help us drive new innovation while making our food in a way that’s best for pets, people and the planet,” said Billy Cyr, chief executive officer of Freshpet.

Construction will be completed in two phases. The first phase, slated to begin operations in fall of 2022, will include 400,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The second phase will add 200,000 square feet to the facility and will directly follow completion of the first phase, CRB said.

CRB will utilize its ONEsolution service in its construction of the new Freshpet facility, which will help the pet food company increase its production scale. The service includes collaborative project chartering to gauge scope, schedule and budget logistics, takes into account individual process needs, and integrates all aspects of the facility, from people to processes and systems.

The centralized project management solution will streamline communication, responsibility, architecture, engineering, design, commissioning and construction. CRB will incorporate human-grade layout efficiency, hygienic segregation, equipment, conveyance, cleaning and inspection features in its design of the Freshpet’s Ennis campus.

“Freshpet understands that pets are members of the family, and they put as much care into the manufacture of their pet food products as they would for their human counterparts,” said Ryan Schroeder, president of CRB. “Our ONEsolution approach will enable Freshpet to take advantage of innovative design elements and a truly end-to-end project delivery model as they set a new standard in pet food manufacturing.”

CRB previously worked with Freshpet in the design and construction of its kitchens in Bethlehem, Pa., specifically providing solutions for facility power, utilities, ammonia refrigeration and HVAC systems.

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