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Key Strategies to a Successful Vertical Start-up

Monday, March 2 2:10 PM - 2:45 PM

Taking a manufacturing plant from construction completion to commercial operation is an exciting step for any plant operator. In order to maximize efficiency from the get-go, you want your new plant to achieve full performance from the start. But achieving successful vertical start-up is no easy task, and it requires an upfront investment of resources — financial and otherwise.  Owners often focus on keeping capital costs low, and rightfully so. But a 1% loss in efficiency can cost more in cost-of-goods sold than spending a little bit extra on capital — an objective that commonly gets overlooked. In the food industry, where first-to-market is important and churn is heavy, the frequency at which start-ups occur is likely the highest in any industry. After working on the development and implementation of a number of plans, we’ve witnessed just how effective a good plan can be in achieving vertical start-up.

Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • Identify key components of vertical start-up success
  • Better understand the cost of inefficiency
  • Establish a start-up plan

Rob Rainbolt, Burns & McDonnell

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