Stainless solution for America's best seafood
For the residents of Gloucester, MA, the name Gorton's Seafood means more than the fish the company is famous for. Gorton’s promotes a feeling of life, love and trust.
Founded in 1623, Gloucester is America's oldest seaport and the birthplace of the U.S. fishing industry. Gorton’s originated as a father and son duo in 1849 under the name John Pew & Sons, and has evolved into the most recognizable and bestselling seafood brand in the U.S. Operating out of the original 1906 building, Gorton's prides itself on its heritage and quality products.
The third floor of the Gorton's Seafood Center had been out of commission for the last decade but was remodeled to make room for a new fry line. Eric Sweet, President of Northeast Process Systems Inc. (NEPSI), has worked in Gorton's facilities for the last 15 years and was tasked with remodeling the 20,000-square-foot facility.
Rob Sinico, Senior Innovation Project Engineer for Gorton's, has chosen NEPSI for nearly every mechanical repair the company has had. So when it came to the remodel, Sinico trusted Sweet at NEPSI when he suggested using Viega ProPress Stainless.
NEPSI installed 10,000 feet of Viega ProPress for 304 stainless fittings with piping in sizes ½" to 3" for applications including compressed air, hot and cold water, and a water/glycol mix. NEPSI chose stainless knowing it would stand up to the chemicals used for cleaning the Seafood Center. Everything that can be – even the floor drains – are stainless steel. They also used Viega's 3-piece ball valves for shutoffs throughout the Center.
"Almost all of our machines and equipment are stainless steel," Sinico said. "Because we are in food production, it has to be highly sanitary and easy to wash and clean. We use corrosive chemicals to do that, and the stainless holds up. When they wash, they wash floor to ceiling, so wherever the pipes are, they're going to get hit."
According to Sinico, NEPSI also chose stainless because it was better suited to the application.
"Once you go stainless," Sinico said, "you should never have to repair or replace that again. So it might cost more upfront, but in the long run we knew we'd never have to touch it again."
Gorton's went the extra mile and even installed a fire protection system utilizing Viega ProPress Stainless, which exceeds the company's Current Good Manufacturing Practice standards. Along with exceeding the requirements, the project was completed in four months and was worth the upgrade for America's best seafood brand.