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In the past century, the food and beverage industry has significantly taken off. What first started as a collection of privately owned mom-and-pop eateries has expanded to include some of the biggest names in retail and hundreds of franchises. Farming, processing, distribution and other subsets of the industry make up the food and beverage market as well. The main concentration for the food and beverage industry is increasing global demand and steadily raising food prices. Before, only developed nations could indulge in this industry. Today, though, economic growth has let countries including Brazil, China, India and Vietnam get involved in the market as well. Having more consumers in the global food and beverage market means a fast rise in inflation.

The farming portion of the food and beverage industry includes businesses that handle production and the collection of raw commodities, like soybeans, rice, wheat and corn. The processing sector of the industry turns raw materials into foods that are to be distributed to consumers. This includes some of the most recognizable brand names, like the Kellogg Company and the Campbell Soup Company. Distribution companies make sure that finished food products reach the consumer either through grocery stores and supermarkets or restaurants. While some restaurants prepare foods in-house, others serve a large percentage of already-prepared foods.

As ethanol and bio-diesels have seen rising energy prices, the topic of food inflation has become even more prevalent. While some markets, like farming and agriculture, benefit from higher prices, other markets like huge corporations do not. Instead of seeing positive outcomes, these large businesses often find that the cost of doing more and more business actually takes away from their profit. Plus, the more people have to spend on individual products, the less money they’re going to be willing to spend overall.

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CCI provides on-going support for a major transmission plant in the Midwest on a scheduled and on-call basis.  This work is performed in conjunction and coordination with the plant’s operations and maintenance team in order to insure continued, high quality operation of key components.  CCI responds to in-plant emergencies to restore plant operations as quickly as possible.  CCI’s participation in the management of this facility assists in providing quality products for the plant’s customers.

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CCI has provided fluid removals, equipment cleaning, and residuals management services for equipment and related piping systems in advance of the removal (strip-out) of the equipment at a former automotive plant in Ohio.  Also, depending on project scope, CCI provides cleaning of pits and trenches as necessary in advance of, or during, equipment removal.   In execution of this work, CCI operates in close coordination with the Owner’s site, engineering, and environmental representatives.  Effective strip-out preparation provided by CCI helps reduce equipment demolition timing and helps maintain project cost and schedule.

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To support Owner developed demolition specifications, and regulatory requirements, CCI addressed the universal wastes, residual chemicals, and surface cleaning of a former auto plant in Michigan.  The objective of this pre-demolition cleaning is to remove hazardous materials so that the demolition can occur without impacting other media.  This pre-demolition cleaning also maximizes recovery and recycling efforts by reducing surface contamination and avoiding the disposal of valuable construction materials.

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In support of rehabilitation of an abandoned auto plant in Michigan, CCI provided post-demolition cleaning of concrete surfaces; including slabs, pits, and trenches. This effort not only provided a safer work environment, it also facilitated backfilling and other rehabilitation activities.

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