Reiser, a food processing and packaging equipment company, has begun construction on an expansion to its Canton, Massachusetts headquarters, where pet food product development can be performed. The construction will add 46,000 square feet of space, increasing the size of the facility by approximately 70 percent. Construction began earlier this year and is targeted to be completed in 2017.
“The expansion of our Canton facility reflects the continued growth of Reiser and the many services we provide to our customers,” said John McIsaac, vice president of strategic business development at Reiser, in a press release.
The expansion will double the size of the Reiser Customer Center, which can function as a pet food product development facility. The Reiser Customer Center features customizable processing rooms with space to run individual machines or fully automated lines, and a full test kitchen for preparing, cooking and sampling finished product.
The human and pet food facility allows processors to test and develop new products and processes under the same conditions found in most food plants. Reiser’s full line of processing and packaging equipment can be tested at the Customer Center. The Center also includes modern conference rooms for meetings and training, as well as comfortable workstations for visitors.
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