Tulip Fleischwaren - Oldenburg, Germany - Sausage and bacon factory

Tulip Fleischwaren Oldenburg, Germany - Sausage and bacon factory 
 Photo: COWI.
In 2004, Tulip acquired a food company in Oldenburg close to the city of Bremen in order to redesign the factory and relocate its production from three meat processing plants in Denmark.

Part of the plant in Oldenburg was in operation by Danish Crown, Tulip’s owner, and in connection with the acquisition, Danish Crown decided that some of its plant facilities had to be redesigned for packaging of fresh meat products.

Redesign of plant facilitiesTulip’s portion of plant facilities was redesigned for the production of bacon, sausages and sliced cold cuts. Immediately after the acquisition, COWI became responsible for the site management of the plant facilities, including contract negotiations with contractors, inspection duties of redesigned facilities and financial control of the project. COWI worked for Tulip and Danish Crown simultaneously throughout the project.

The project involved extensive redesign of two thirds of the plant facilities, which called for coordination in relation to Tulip’s plan to relocate its production. To ensure the ongoing and hygienic production of bacon during the redesign of the sausage production facilities as well as Danish Crown’s packing zone in another area of the plant, the project management daily had dust guards set up and planned alternative routes for transporting construction materials.

In 2006, the redesign was completed and the plant was fully operational.

Reconstruction after fireOn 23 May 2008, 4,500 m2 of the plant facilities, or about 20% of the entire production, were damaged by a fire. Immediately after the fire, a project manager and other specialists were assigned to the task by COWI to prepare the damage assessment and ensure that operations were resumed as fast as possible. Because a substantial part of the production equipment was damaged by the fire, Tulip was forced to acquire replacement equipment. After targeted, coordinated efforts, a significant part of the facilities was in operation only 4 weeks after the fire.

After the fire, Tulip decided to take the opportunity to redesign the packing area to improve the flow of products and to optimize the location of packing machines. The redesign of the packing area involved preparation of the conceptual design for the entire reconstruction and redesign of the adjacent plant areas.

As was the case with the first rebuilding project, an onsite project manager was assigned to the project by COWI throughout the project to attend to procurement, inspection, planning and financial control.

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