American Pasteurization Co. (APC), a Milwaukee, Wis.-based leader in high-pressure pasteurization (HPP) technology for the food manufacturing industry, opened its new facility in Sacramento, Calif.

The 41,000-square-foot facility allows APC to accommodate rising demand for its full-service food testing, pasteurization, packaging and logistics solutions among food manufacturers across the country.

“Since announcing this expansion, we have received an overwhelming number of inquiries from potential customers,” says Justin Segel, chief executive officer. “The demand for high-pressure processing on a tolling basis in this area has been evident. We are so pleased to have the facility up and running ahead of schedule, so we can begin servicing West Coast manufacturers that are fulfilling the increased demand for fresh foods, free of preservatives.”

APC hired general manager Brent Smith, maintenance manager Kevin VonTalge and production manager Robert Williams to help run the new facility. Upon the start of first production runs, APC will hire up to 21 full-time employees, which will account for one full shift. The company expects to operate second and third shifts in the near future, which will allow for additional employment.

Located at 2335 Del Monte St., West Sacramento, the facility can accommodate up to five HPP production lines for products ranging from juices to dips and more.

For more on APC’s new facility, turn to Refrigerated & Frozen Foods’ December 2012 issue on food safety.