(Beaver Dam, WI) The University of Wisconsin, is constructing a two-story modern teaching, research and testing facility (Madison, Wisconsin) to house meat and food science education, research and outreach. The state-of-the-art facility (opening soon) will feature a new meat slaughtering-to-package operation along with research and teaching laboratories featuring Mixing Equipment donated by Mepaco.
Tom Hoffmann, Director of Sales – Mepaco, served on the building advisory committee during the design phase of the new facility, and worked with Apache to supply equipment for the UW Meat Science Laboratory.
“We provided two (2) small capacity mixers that will check all the boxes for the new lab. Our highly engineered equipment offers ergonomic construction, ease of viewing, full safety and sanitary design features that exceed standard design principles. In addition, both units include features for Cryogen, Vacuum and Programable Control packages to allow the users complete flexibility while testing. All product contact surfaces have been electropolished as a further enhancement to the sanitary design”, says Hoffmann.
Greg Marconnet, Food and Beverage Group VP, of Mead & Hunt an engineering consulting group for the project, said, “This is a unique facility, federally inspected with equipment that showcases technology and science. We want to show best in class and the Mepaco Mixers help do just that.”
Jeffrey Sindelar, Extension Meat Specialists and Associate Professor at UW-Madison said “Our new facility will produce the best researchers on the planet. The Research and Development lab will educate students while they participate in real industry projects and work with food processors on fee-based formulation tests. We also have a fully functioning slaughter to RTE (Ready to Eat) production line and store. We are exposing students to best practices, sanitary design and human safety. Graduates will be able to make in immediate impact with an understanding of procedure and food science technologies. It’s about flexibility and exposure through education, research, customer testing and production and we’re excited that Mepaco is a part of this program.”
Ed Paradowski, president of Apache Stainless, comments, “It’s great exposure for our Mepaco group as well, for students, researchers and testing processors to use our equipment. Apache has always been active in promoting careers to students beginning at middle school age to secondary education. We are proud to be part of the new facility and programming.”
In the photo: Jeffrey Sindelar, Tom Hoffmann, Greg Marconnet, John Schultz, Ed Paradowski