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facturers in North America, according to Hamilton.
The second processing capability addition found Red
Collar " trying to thread the needle " to meet all its customers'
current and future needs.
" When we did the assessment of our assets relative to
the needs of our customers, the big capability that we
upgraded coast-to-coast was meat-first capability, " said
Brad Ball, senior vice president of sales and product
development.
What Red Collar determined was needed was a national
network that could make every type of dry kibble
its customers would demand, ideally at scale because,
according to Hamilton, scale likes scale.
" We wanted to make sure our network stayed in
Adding the ability
to offer a welded
seal for woven
polypropylene bags
was a small technical
change that has
had a big impact for
some of Red Collar's
customers.
scale so the capabilities end-to-end on a national
footprint could make grain-first, grain-free, meatfirst
or fresh-meat formulas, and get them efficiently
and cost-effectively to our customer. We didn't want
to upgrade one factory and not the others so, right
out of the gate, we upgraded our Clinton facility, then
Orangeburg and we finished with San Bernardino.
That has given us a national, coast-to-coast network
with the capability to make everything from a mainstream
value all the way to a super-premium, meatfirst
dry pet food. "
For Red Collar, meat-first meant adding fresh meat
slurry capabilities to those three sites.
" We found that the supply chain of slurries and the
handling of slurries inside the plant is a lot more cost
effective and efficient for us than to use [frozen] blocks, "
Wolking explained. " It requires a little more responsive
inbound supply chain, but it gives us better capability at
each of the sites. "
Handling fresh-meat slurries required infrastructure
additions for the separate meat rooms that provided
temperature-controlled unloading, dosing as well as
handling capabilities.
" The fresh meat systems that we added gave us the capability
across the network to do things that we couldn't
do before and was driven by our customers, " Wolking
said. " We needed this capability, so we did it very
quickly. "
Adding higher meat capabilities to three locations was
an important improvement.
" In the old days, we might have had one site that could
do that, now we have that capability coast to coast, " Ball
said. " Being able to replicate and duplicate that capability
nationally has not only opened new avenues of production
for us for something we couldn't do before, but it's made it a
point of difference and competitive advantage for us. "
Embracing complexity
Adapting to a changing customer-base required another
culture shift for Red Collar.
" One thing that we had to adjust our associates to has
been the customer requirements, " Wolking said. " And that
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