From May through to September it’s no secret that consumers in Western Europe whole-heartedly invest in BBQ season. For food manufacturers, this window of opportunity is perfect to capitalise on new product lines to add extra value to raw material. However, this can often lead to a juggling act where manufacturers need to be increasingly flexible, firstly to ensure they remain labour efficient and secondly to continue achieving optimum yield.
As well as maintaining existing production lines, the requirement for shorter production runs of BBQ related product lines fluctuates greatly (depending on the all-important weather conditions). Without flexibility, producers are often faced with frequent product changeovers which take time to set up as well as increased labour requirement during clean down times.
Being able to quickly respond to short production runs doesn’t have to be time-consuming and expensive. Production lines that are multi-functional and machinery that can quickly adapt to rapid product changeovers ease the pressures of these seasonal peaks and troughs.
We have put together some examples of machinery and processing lines that can offer impressive efficiency, greater yield and save valuable set up and clean down times.
Our core values at SF are, professional, competitive and flexible and as a company, we endeavour to reflect these values at every opportunity, whether we are liaising directly with our customers or manufacturing solutions on the shop floor.
Each year we call on our teams to nominate a fellow co-worker, from each manufacturing site, who consistently exceeds job expectations and in their own way, upholds SF Core values. Colleagues who have made significant contributions in areas related to the improvement of quality, performance, growth of the business and customer satisfaction. The member of staff with the most votes is then awarded the coveted ‘Employee of the Year Award’.
Every year we are overwhelmed with the wonderful comments and praise our employees have for their fellow co-workers and we are pleased to announced the winners are:
SF Ireland – Employee of the year – Patrick McGowan
Patrick received the following comments from his co-workers: Paddy has shown commitment to getting projects over the line, he is very good at problem solving on site. He has put in lots of hard work, effort, late nights to get all his projects over the line. He has shown patience & determination to get large and complex projects through.
Runners up for Ireland were:
Mariusz Kolek – Always stays positive, and has the company’s interest at heart.
David Lynch – A real problem solver, is hard-working and willing to help and support everyone.
Patsy Dunleavy – One of the hardest working people in SF, has boundless energy and enthusiasm for his work.
SF UK – Employee of the year – Paul Gilham
Paul received the following comments from his co-workers: Paul is a master of Solidworks, always a perfectionist, perfect example of a professional, always willing to help, knowledge of design is second to none and has SF’s best interest at heart.
Runners up for the UK were:
Steve Fossey – Always calm despite being under pressure, passionate about his department and always helpful.
Cora Kitchen – Great company person, always works to a high standard and gives 100%.
Tomas Bulovas – Knows what he is doing and what to do when something is wrong, will always help others.
The award ceremony would not be complete without recognising long-serving member of staff. Retention of staff and employee satisfaction is hugely important at SF and it’s great to celebrate an individual’s dedicated service within the business.
Collecting an incredible 20 Year Service Award from CEO Seamus Farrell was James Dunleavy, Followed by 10 Year Service Awards for Paul Cassidy, Pauric Lang, Pauric McGowan, Keith Thomas & Richard Smith.
We were honoured to be awarded the coveted 2019 Medium-Sized Exporter of the Year at the recent Irish Export Industry Awards, following a year of strong international growth for the company.
Over 500 export industry professionals, local and international dignitaries were in attendance at the Irish Exporters Association’s Export Industry Awards in Dublin on 8th November. The black-tie gala event, held at the National Convention Centre and now in its 19th year, recognises the achievements of Irish Exporters across 12 categories. With award entries from Innovators and Small & Emerging exporters to the Multinationals, from Life Sciences and Food & Drink Exporters to the Services and Technology Exporters.
In a year that saw one of the most competitive processes in the Awards’ history, we were delighted to be shortlisted for 2 awards, Medium-Sized Exporter of the Year and Private Irish Business of the Year.
Each category was presided over by a prestigious judging panel who took into account a number of key factors including product innovation, long-term sustainability, and the company’s strategic plan. Up against some tough competition from Hanley Energy, Hovione, Turmec Teoranta and William Grant & Sons Irish Brands, we were honoured to take home the award.
Joined by members of the team on the evening, it was Owner and CEO, Seamus Farrell who took to the stage to collect the award from category sponsor DHL.
“SF Engineering has experienced continued growth over the last year despite tough trading conditions. Through strong partnerships with leading food manufacturers, we have continued to design and develop process innovations that position the company strongly within this competitive industry. We would like to thank the Irish Exporters Association and Enterprise Ireland for their support.” Seamus Farrell.
Congratulations are extended to East Coast Bakehouse who was crowned overall 2019 Exporter of the Year on the night following their win of Small & Emerging Exporter of the Year in an earlier category.
Now in their fourth year, the SF Employee of the Year Awards are a great way for staff to recognise the contributions of fellow work colleagues. Colleagues who have made significant contributions in areas related to the improvement of quality, performance, growth of the business and customer satisfaction. Each year we call on our teams to nominate a fellow coworker who consistently exceeds job expectations and in their own way, upholds SF Core values of being: Professional, Competitive and Flexible.
This year the winner at our SF UK site was Jonny Browne, Proposal Engineer, followed closely behind by Steve Fossey. Jonny, who has been with the company for 2 years received the following praise from his colleagues:
Jonny has a very polite telephone manner, he is always willing to help others with extra work and nothing is too much trouble. Jonny’s standard of work is consistently high, this is reflected in the quality of proposals/drawings sent to customers. He takes great pride in his work and is exceptionally approachable and always willing to help/train other team members. Jonny is a great communicator with a positive attitude who always goes the extra mile.
Also, collecting their 10 Year Service Awards from CEO Seamus Farrell was Jim Meade, Design Engineer and Steve Fossey, Senior Designer. Retention of staff and employee satisfaction is important at SF and it’s great to celebrate an individual’s dedicated service within the business.
It was an outstanding triple win for the SF UK site at the Hunts Post Business Awards last night.
We are so proud of Martyn Rose, whose hard work, dedication and mentoring skills earnt him the Employee of the Year Award.
It was our commitment to the ongoing progression of our team that earnt us the Training & Development Award.
And to top the evening off we were credited with the Overall Business of the Year Award which we are truly honoured to receive. Well done team and congratulations to all the other winners and finalists, what a great night.