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Rebuild Sonoma County Job Fair

Blentech participated in the Rebuild Sonoma County Job Fair last week to help those in our community who were so severely affected by the devastating fires last month find new employment.

 

Blentech was one of over 170 employers who attended looking to recruit candidates from all over the county.  It was our honor to meet a great number of you who stopped by to see what Blentech is all about.  If you missed us at the job fair, check our career section of our website where we post our current openings.

Come be a part of the Blentech Team.

 

 

 

Girl Scouts Visit Blentech

Recently, we had the honor to host a local Girl Scout troop to come tour our corporate offices and factory to study its energy efficiency.  Our Applications Engineer, Erin Whelan, a Girl Scout herself, answered all kinds of questions about the building and its history.  Our building was built in 1991 and updated in 1994.

 

 

 

Blentech is now a 100% solar power operated facility.

 

All of our operations are powered by harnessing the energy of the sun through 580 LG solar panels and repurposing the energy that is not used, thereby driving down our operating costs.

 

Our solar is so efficient we actually send the excess energy back to PG&E to use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were questions about how the facility’s hot water is heated (it uses electricity) and to what temperature it is heated (120 degrees) and if the walls were insulated (they are) and if the facility is cooled (the offices, yes but the factory, no).

The girls also had questions about our equipment and how they worked and what types of foods they processed.  A dad of two of the girls was especially equipped to explain how this particular machine makes A LOT macaroni and cheese (exactly 609.92 gallons).

Just another great day at Blentech.  Contact us today to schedule your tour!

 

 

 

 

Blentech Office Potluck Lunch

Our Blentech Applications Engineering, R&D and Marketing Departments had an office potluck lunch today.  Members of our team brought to the table not only beautiful, delicious food but good cheer.  A lucky benefit for us having food scientists as a part of our team.

It was a special time for our Blentech family to come together and share stories of the week, discuss current projects and brain storm some new unique applications for our Blentech technology.

A lot of smart and innovative minds in this room.  Contact us today and let us help you with your project.  Or schedule time for a trial on your application in the Blentech Innovation Center.

And plan to stay for lunch.

 

 

 

 

Rain

 

Rain showers my spirit and waters my soul. –Emily Logan Decens

As the rain falls on the hills around Sonoma County, our Blentech family and the community is starting to heal from the events of the last 10 days.  We appreciate all the calls and emails to check in our Blentech family.  We are here, and have been here, not only for each other but our customers as well.  The rain today is bringing our community a sense of renewal. Our infrastructure is intact and our team is back together, more together than ever before.

Contact us today and let us know how Blentech can serve you.  And bring an umbrella.

Sonoma County Strong

 

The smoke is beginning to clear but there are still fires burning. With so many of our friends and families affected, Blentech is doing it’s best to stand with it’s employees and the community.  We’ve donated the edible inventory (rice, pasta and tomato sauce) from our test and innovation center to the local shelters and evacuation centers.

Even when the fires are out, there will be years of reconstruction. Supporting community charities as well as local businesses will be more important than ever and our Blentech family will be there for our community and each other, every step of the way.

#SonomaCountyStrong

CookerCloud – People’s Choice Award Winner

This week, Blentech attended the Process Expo in Chicago where we launched our newest technology, the CookerCloud, into the Innovations Showcase.  We are excited to announce that the Blentech CookerCloud was awarded the People’s Choice Award as the most innovated product!

“Blentech is both surprised and excited that our CookerCloud technology has been selected by the Process Expo attendees for the People’s Choice Innovation Award at the 2017 Process Expo.  We at Blentech believe that access to process data from the plant floor shouldn’t be limited to only the largest of processors and this award shows us that our customers agree!” said Daniel Voit our CEO.

Although winning this award was the most exciting event at the Process Expo, there were many other events of the week that where highlights for our team:

Matthew Hartman, P.E., gave an exciting and informative presentation about automation.

Dr. Zhengjun “Jerry” Xue interacted with attendees during his discussion about sanitary design on the Feed the Hopper stage.

We had First Timers Tours come by our booth each day to interact with different members of the Blentech team.

Our demos of the CookerCloud on the booth were a must see daily event.

Members of our Team Orange were easy to spot around the show floor, downtown or running around Chicago.

We thank you for coming by to see Team Orange – if you’d like to know more about the People’s Choice Award Winning CookerCloud, please contact us today.

 

 

Process Expo with Ned Connelly

One of our esteemed colleagues, Ned Connelly, joined our Team Orange at the Process Expo for opening day held at McCormick Place in Chicago on Blentech’s booth #2020.  Ned is our regional sales manager based in our East Coast office located in Wilmington, North Carolina that provides superior sales and service to our valued North American customers from Florida to the Midwest USA to Ontario & Quebec, Canada.

Ned brings over thirty years of food processing experience to the table and is the expert on all things Blentech.  Today, he greeted the “First Timers” tour to our booth where he talked about our Innovation Center in northern California, our new technology the CookerCloud and answered a variety of questions about the solutions that Blentech provides their customers.

Blentech is lucky to have Ned as a part of our team and our customers agree; he provides unparalleled value from initial contact to commissioning.  Stop by Booth #2020 if you’re at the show and meet Ned and the rest of our Team Orange from Blentech.

Matt Hartman and Ned Connelly

Team Tangerine: Blentech’s Mechanical Engineering Department

Greetings from Team Tangerine!

Joel Meyn, Daniel Erdman, Jimmy Zertuche, Chris Kelly, Drew Moug, David Ellis

This handsome group of men comprise the mechanical engineering team at Blentech. Recently we’ve been designing a system that will end up being the largest school lunch program in the country, producing up to 20,000 lbs of food per hour. The system is incredibly versatile.  It uses multiple BlenTherms to cook mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, various chilis, sauces, burrito filling… the list goes on.

When we aren’t working on massive systems, we’re creating solutions to problems our customers have not been able to solve before, such as our new, revolutionary sliding cover.  One of our customers realized their ceilings were too low for our traditional opening cover.  Through the use of our Engineering Services we were able to develop a new solution with them and design for them a cover that not only gave them a unique edge but it also reduced their overhead opening height.

 

When we’re not working hard in the office, we’re playing hard. Three of our engineers play on the company softball team, the Agitators. Get it? Great name for a Blentech team!  Chris and Jimmy roam the outfield looking for fly balls and Drew is our short stop. In one of our games, Chris managed to hit two towering home runs to seal a victory. When we’re not playing softball, at the end of the day we gather in the burgeoning local beer scene. Luckily for us, the newly opened Blentech Innovation Center is located right next to Henhouse Brewery.

 

Our team has proven time and again there is no problem the Blentech staff can’t solve. And while our sales team will be off at the Process Expo next week as Team Orange at booth #2020, trust that Team Tangerine will be holding down the fort here coming up with new solutions for your food processing ideas.  Contact us today to discuss your project!

Drew Moug, Blentech Assistant Engineering Manager

Join Blentech at the 2017 Process Expo in Chicago

Orange you glad we are back at the Process Expo?

Blentech is exhibiting at the PROCESS EXPO, September 19-22, 2017, in Chicago, IL and we invite you to join us! You can take part in insightful education sessions and review cost-saving technology demonstrations.  Get connected with 15,000+ food processing experts from around the world—all in one place and one time. It only happens once every two years so don’t miss it!

Two of our esteemed Blentech professionals will be speaking at the show:

 

 

 

Matthew Hartman, P.E., Senior Automation Sales Engineer, is speaking on Thursday, September 21st at 12:30 pm in Theater 2 about “The Coming of Age of Industrial Automation in the Food Processing World.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Zhengjun “Jerry” Xue, Ph.D., Senior Applications Engineer, is speaking on Thursday, September 21st at 2:00 pm at the Feeding the Hopper Educational Booth #3816 on “Design Principles of Sanitary Food Processing Equipment.”

 

 

 

 

 

The Blentech CookerCloud is also a finalist is the Innovations Showcase. Our CEO Daniel Voit and our Director of Applications, Keith Weerts, will be presenting the CookerCloud in the Innovations Showcase Theater on Wednesday, September 20th at 11:10 am.  The CookerCloud will also be presented on our booth #2020 daily at 11 am and 2 pm.  Blentech fidget spinners will be given away to all demo attendees – you know you want one!

 

 

Register today at myprocessexpo.com using our complimentary code! Team Orange is on our way – we hope to see you at the show!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food for Frank and Fifi, Blentech’s Experience with Pet Food

Nancy Corriveau, Director of Operations and Oakley

Did you know that a dog’s sense of smell can be up to a million times stronger than their owners?

Animals are very particular, even more particular than humans, when it comes to their food. This means that the precision and quality of these products are as important, if not more, than human food.

Lumos, Jax and Camo

Blentech believes that better mixing and precision temperature controls goes hand in hand with quality.

It’s what our customers demand and we strive to provide in our technologies. This is especially important for high quality pet food. Blentech follows the same manufacturing precision on pet food cookers that we do in manufacturing human food cookers. Animals are also sensitive to food impurities and pathogens so the quality and sanitation of the equipment processing pet food products must always be at the same level as our human food cookers.

At Blentech, our passion for high quality food never falters, no matter who our end customers are, particularly when it’s our pets.

 

Since the inception of Blentech in 1986, pet food processors have recognized the heavy duty design, reliability and durability of Blentech jacketed blenders and direct steam injected cookers. We’ve run many tests on different pet food applications and it’s been found that Blentech’s horizontal twin agitator system gave the pet processor a much better mixing system than agitated hemispherical kettles. Like our human applications, when it comes to quality pet food, you should not settle for a kettle!

Floyd and Daniel Voit, CEO

 

Blentech has their technologies processing pet food all over the country.

From the production of dog bones on the East Coast to cereal based pet food in the Midwest to meat based moist pet food in Southern California, Blentech cookers are considered the best in the industry. Our Blentech engineers always enjoy visiting a pet food producer because there are often animals in the offices of these processors. In many facilities the management allows the employees to bring their dogs and cats to work with them.

Lumos and Shannon McLarty, Equipment Applications Specialist and Mouse with the glasses.

Here at Blentech, pets are important to us too.

Come talk to our experts at the Process Expo, booth #2020 about your pet food application. Or, find out more about how Blentech’s technologies can make the best food for your best friend HERE.

We have found the Blentech cooker to be more versatile than our standard cooking kettles. Our yields and product quality are excellent with the Blentech technology and the cycle times exceeded our expectations! The robust construction of Blentech equipment is unparalleled..

Bruce Cihonski
of Tyson Foods

Blentech Gets Published!

Blentech is published in "Thermal Processing of Ready-to-Eat Meat Products."

By: Darrell Horn and Daniel Voit