Australia’s largest air-conditioning manufacturer, Seeley International, will play a key role in the delivery of one of the Nation’s most state-of-the-art food manufacturing facilities.
The South Australian based manufacturer will commission the building HVAC system for Thomas Foods International’s Murray Bridge meat-processing facility with its Climate Wizard (IEC) indirect evaporative cooling technology.
The project, touted as a ‘global showcase of advanced food manufacturing’, will have a significant cooling and ventilation demand, with an initial beef processing capacity of up to 600 head per day and a range of associated packaging, storage, and administrative facilities.
Seeley’s Group Managing Director, Jon Seeley, said that the project would be a strong case study for Seeley’s growing credentials in the food and beverage manufacturing sector.
“We are exceptionally proud to be partnering with Thomas Foods, which has very strong sustainability and health mandates – these are really what our technology espouses”, said Mr Seeley.
“Particularly in the commercial world, we are seeing the convergence of sustainability and health, with the growing challenge for buildings being the efficient delivery of fresh, outside air”.
Seeley’s Climate Wizard technology has been a global disruptor of conventional cooling, with thousands of units deployed globally across the food and wine, manufacturing, retail, health, and education sectors.
The Thomas Foods International contract is an important milestone for the company, demonstrating the capacity of its technology to meet the stringent efficiency, health and air-flow requirements needed to deliver premium food produce.
Thomas Foods International CEO, Darren Thomas, said that he was pleased to have another South Australian manufacturer onboard.
“Our facility will incorporate the best food-manufacturing technology in the world, and I am thrilled to have a fellow South Australian company which shares a similar vision for sustainability and health,” said Mr Thomas.
“We are excited to deliver a facility which will continue to supply premium produce to the world and in which our employees can thrive. Fresh air will certainly be a big part of that picture”.
Seeley will partner with other highly reputed South Australian companies, such as BADGE Constructions and Ahrens Steel to deliver the project, of which the first stage is set to be complete by late 2022.
BADGE Executive Chairman Jim Whiting has expressed his delight about banding together with other South Australian companies to deliver a premier project of significant economic benefit to the State, both throughout construction and beyond.
“We are passionate about delivering maximum economic benefit to South Australia through our contracts”, said Mr Whiting.
“Seeley International is a great South Australian, family-owned business and it is encouraging to have the capacity to deliver world-leading HVAC technology from within the State.