Berks Plant Design & Maintenance, Inc. Completes Packaging Plant Liquidation and Remediation Project in Pennsylvania

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Berks Plant Design and Maintenance, Inc has completed the total liquidation and restoration of a 380,000 square foot bottling plant. Power Packaging, Inc had been leasing the warehouse for 20 years and had to return the property to its original condition.

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Plant before and after

The project went very smoothly and without any conflict between the many parties involved in this effort.

Berks Plant Design & Maintenance, Inc. has completed the liquidation of assets and remediation of the Power Packaging, Inc. Hot Fill Bottling Plant. Located in Reading, PA, this 380,000 square foot beverage manufacturing facility signed BPDM to complete liquidation of all machinery and equipment in their hot fill packaging plant, as well as a complete restoration to the plant’s original condition from 20 years prior.

This specific project required extensive planning and investigation. The plant liquidation project included auctioning off an extensive array of equipment including reverse osmosis and water treatment systems, pasteurization systems, depalletizers, tray formers, multipackers and labelers and had a strict deadline of 120 days.
"We approached the project as a whole, very cautiously from the beginning. Our early planning and analysis was a key factor in achieving the goal for our customer,” said Edward F Leh, President of Berks Plant Design and Maintenance, Inc. “By monitoring each aspect of the project very closely based on our planning, we were able to shift manpower and focus on the areas that seemed to be falling behind.”
After the planning and investigation, Berks Plant Design and Maintenance, Inc. submitted their bid with a scope of work to be completed. Notable details of their services included their 11% Buyer’s Premium (which undercuts the bulk of auctioneers by 2%-5%, saving the client money) and their extensive knowledge of the actual equipment which leads to proper cataloging, listing and advertising the items. Payment was then submitted and BPDM immediately began working on the project.

Details of the liquidation project included an inspection of the machinery and equipment, purchasing the contents of the facility under contract, liquidating the machinery that was not taken into stock, and then rigging out the equipment. The scope of work that was provided to them was completed in a timely manner, making the liquidation a complete success.
“In the end, we were able to complete the largest hot fill liquidation in history- 27 days ahead of schedule,” said Leh.

Dave Lovell, Senior Director of Engineering at Power Packaging Inc., expressed his satisfaction of the job, saying “The project went very smoothly and without any conflict between the many parties involved in this effort. This, I believe, is largely because of the extensive investigation and planning done by BPDM prior to the commencement of any physical work in the facility, and the positive attitude exemplified by Edward F. Leh and Ken Graver.”

Since 1981, Berks Plant Design & Maintenance's mission has been to provide customers with the highest value in new and used packaging machinery and process equipment available on the market. They have the experience and the tools to assist in selecting the right machinery for the application, as well as facilitating the overall project goals — all while maximizing your budget. For more information about the company, visit their website at

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