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“As in most industries, people working with food processing have a constant focus on ways to increase efficiency and reduce costs. With food, you have to be acutely aware of the risks to safety and quality that any change can bring. Finding improvements that are also safe is a major challenge and one that my team and I embrace. We focus exclusively on solutions for our clients, every day on every project.”

Jeff Matis was the CRB project manager for a Mars Chocolate North America (MCNA) greenfield confectionery manufacturing facility project in Topeka, Kansas. The $270 million, 500,000-square-foot facility was the first MCNA site built in North America in 35 years.

Together with MCNA, Matis and his team designed an innovative facility that met sustainability goals and achieved LEED® Gold certification. The plant was honored as the Plant of the Year by Food Engineering in 2015.

His expertise in lean manufacturing principles allows him to provide critical guidance through the complete project life cycle with a focus on safety, quality and sustainability as well as cost minimization.

Matis is a veteran project manager and process engineer with 40 years of diverse industrial experience. He applies his extensive knowledge of clean design principles and effective project management to client projects across many food + beverage submarkets. He has managed or participated in all phases of design and construction—from concept through construction and commissioning. His project responsibilities regularly involve direction and coordination of all engineering disciplines, integration of multiple team operations and construction support in the field.

Matis has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Bucknell University. His certifications include Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and British Retail Consortium (BRC). He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences.

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