Tetra Pak, Vernon Hills, Ill., announced the opening of a €25 million site in Olsztyn, Poland, with sales, engineering and manufacturing facilities for cheese production solutions.
The center has full-scale engineering capabilities, from cheesemaking process design to mechanical, automation and electrical engineering to manufacturing of processing solutions itself.
The 12,000-square-meter site employs over 350 staff across engineering, production and business management. It will also double Tetra Pak’s cheesemaking solution capacity in the country and allow for extensive equipment testing.
“As the only company able to deliver a completely seamless integrated solution for cheese production, this investment demonstrates our commitment to help customers meet rapidly changing consumer demands and capture emerging growth opportunities,” says Ola Elmqvist, executive vice president, processing solutions and equipment. “One of the main reasons we chose Olsztyn is its excellent location in the heart of a region with a great dairy tradition and excellent food engineering talent base. This means we’re perfectly placed to serve not only our customers in Poland, but also wider Europe.”
The site was designed and constructed in full compliance with Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) requirements, and features a fully automatic “weather control” system that manages ventilation and sunlight and a rainwater collection system that supplies water for site maintenance.