Heavy-duty wash and wear helps shine the bottom line

Feb 24, 2009 | 05:57 AM |

Despite the intrinsically anti-bacterial nature of stainless steel, cleaning crews at food-processing companies take their jobs seriously. And that's a good thing for the stainless steel market.

Rick Spiak, vice president of sales and marketing at Wirebelt Co. of America, a Londonderry, N.H.-based company that makes stainless conveyor belts for the food processing industry, said his company's replacement business is slightly larger than its original equipment business thanks to those rough sanitary squads.

"Cleanliness is next to Godliness at a food plant, so the cleanup crews have to be aggressive," he said. "Eventually the equipment would wear out. But it's rare it actually wears out; it's usually torn up."....

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