JBT Corp., Chicago, said its JBT FoodTech business has signed a $6.1 million contract to supply freezing solutions for a new plant in Hau Giang province, Vietnam. The contract is with Minh Phu Seafood Joint Stock Company (MPC), a large Vietnam-based seafood processor.

JBT FoodTech said it will supply and integrate eight Advantec impingement freezers and four GYRoCOMPACT spiral freezers for the new Hau Giang facility. Officials said MPC has been Vietnam's leading shrimp producer for the last 10 years and this new plant is expected to double the processor's worldwide export volume.

"We are very pleased with MPC's confidence in JBT's leading freezing technologies and proven track record for field service and technical support," said Torbjorn Arvidsson, vice president and division manager for JBT FoodTech's Food Solutions and Services division. "This project is an excellent example of how JBT FoodTech partners with global customers and supports the development of regional food industries."

The new facility is scheduled for start-up in the fourth quarter of 2010.