Seiberling - process engineering - automation

H.P. Hood - New ESL Fluid Milk Facility


Winchester, Virginia

Description of Project

This new extended shelf life plant was built to provide 60-day shelf life milk products and 90-day shelf life non-dairy products to the East Coast market. This new plant consists of: five bay milk receiving, HTST with separation, Cream HTST, three 2-tank batching systems, 2-tank non-dairy batching systems, three VTIS UHT systems, four aseptic tanks, two extended shelf life plastic fillers and three extended shelf life gable top fillers. Seiberling Associates’ involvement in this project was to provide Process/CIP Engineering and Design services from the receipt of raw ingredients to the supply of batch product to the VTIS balance tanks.


  • Design and build a highly automated plant
  • Eliminate physical connections and potential contamination areas
  • Install a system that is easy to maintain and troubleshoot
  • Coordinate communication between all process control systems into one system and not standalone control systems
  • High degree of interlocking to eliminate product losses or contamination
  • Reduce waste going down the drain
  • Reduce water and chemical utilization during CIP but maintain the highest degree of sanitation
  • Install a system that is repeatable and provides reports that confirm the repeatability
  • Reduce labor costs through automation
  • Control sanitary equipment and installation costs through complete bid package specifications


  • 2001 – 265,000 sq. ft.
  • 2014 – 441,000 sq. ft.


Food & Beverage


  • Conceptual Design
  • Process Design
  • Electrical Design
  • Programming Development
  • Start-up and Commissioning

Project Start Date

July 1999

Project Completion Date


Seiberling Contact

Robert Price
Senior Project Manager