Operations manager for Wayne Farms LLC, Juan DeVillena provided an overview of the areas he considers to be part of “A Plant Manager’s Dashboard” during his presentation at USPOULTRY’s 2015 Poultry Processor Workshop, held in Atlanta, GA. DeVillena discussed sanitation, human resources and labor considerations, safety, regulatory aspects, production, yield and environmental aspects. “All of these areas are what goes through my mind and must be addressed daily,” remarked DeVillena.

In her presentation on “Sanitation…Lessons Learned,” Melissa Raybon, plant manager, Fieldale Farms Corporation, reviewed how the company controls Listeria monocytogenes in its processing plants. Raybon observed that the cleaning of equipment is essential and reviewed some of Fieldale Farms’ sanitation procedures. She described the zone cleaning system that the company has implemented and stressed the importance of verifying zone cleaning and freezer integrity on a monthly basis.


Tom Sammon, project manager, Georgia Tech Manufacturing Extension Partnership, gave a presentation on “Team Member Safety” that focused on a safety-integrated process improvement approach. He observed that for most businesses, safety and health programs are competing with the operational functions of the organization and resources. Sammon reflected that a solution to this problem would be to integrate safety and health problem solving into the continuous improvement process.

Other topics included: Customer Expectations; Building a Case for Management Buy-In for Emerging Technology; Stormwater / Wastewater Compliance for Plant Managers; Regulatory Update; Parts Intervention Strategies Update; Condensation…The Real Costs; and a series of roundtable discussions on sanitary design, challenges of big bird meat block management and robotics in the plant.