Snack Food Product Manufacturer Craves Tankless

In this 2-part mini-blog series we’re going to talk about snack food manufacturer’s tankless water heater installation.

The Snak King Corporation, located in the City of Industry, Calif., and  one of the largest snack food manufacturers on the West Coast, has been remodeling and reorganizing and upgrading their 177,000 sq. ft. Kosher & Organic  certified manufacturing plant  since  2004.

The Snak King Corporation has an industry reputation for being an innovative manufacturer and marketer of unique and creative snack food products, and has received many industry awards, including the 2006 Snack Manufacturer of the Year. Its line of products includes tortilla chips, extruded snacks, corn snacks, popcorn, caramel corn, nuts and pork rinds.  Its brands include: El Sabroso, Granny Goose, Jensen’s Orchard and private label.

In what is to be the largest tankless water heater installation in the United States to date, Snak King recently leveraged its  innovative spirit  in  the implementation of a new hot  water system for production processing. The system used two banks of tankless water heaters to replace its previous system. Here is Snak King’s story and the background to their hot water innovation.

Water Tankless Unit

Collapsed Roof Spurs Change

In October 2004, after two weeks of torrential rains swept through Southern California, the company’s manufacturing plant was crippled for three weeks after a 12,000-sq.ft section of the roof collapsed directly over the heart of the plant. Though the roof collapse disrupted operation, it did not crush the spirit of this gritty, entrepreneurial company lead by chairman and CEO Barry Levin.

As soon as Levin and his team were sure the company was  going to  survive the tragedy, they decided to take the  opportunity to rebuild the plant for the better and invested in a new roof, a new floor and new equipment. Their main goal for the  rebuild project was to enhance efficiency, consistency and  capacity of the manufacturing plant  with an eye on  meeting ever-increasing consumer demand.

During the progression of the Snak King’s rebuilding project, process engineers evaluated the capacity of its existing hot water system. They found the system would not be adequate to handle any capacity increases, so they explored options for replacing the system.

They contacted Richard Ponce, a veteran in the tankless water heater industry, who has been involved in many commercial and residential projects over the years. Ponce owns GPW Sales LLC (www.tanklesssolutions.com), a manufacturer’s representative agency and consultant who specializes in tankless systems.

Stay tuned to find out more about the proposal for Snak King’s hot water system on Part 2: Snack Food Product Manufacturer Craves Tankless.