April 5, 2022
Viscofan, the world leader in the development and manufacturer of artificial casings, invested in an existing manufacturing plant in Danville, Illinois with a goal of increasing capacity, productivity, automation and flexibility. Epstein is currently working with Viscofan to add their newest generation cellulose extrusion line to this plant.
What makes this assignment especially interesting is this Danville plant is a previous Epstein designed, engineered and constructed project for a company called Tee-Pak, now known as ViskoTeepak, another casing and packing material manufacturer. In 1958, Epstein completed construction for the then-multi-million dollar plant to provide fully automated production lines producing artificial sausage casings, much like the current product of Viscofan.
As part of this expansion, Epstein is providing DesignBuild services for a newly constructed 105-foot tall steel tower with insulated metal paneling. The tower includes seven levels that provide access for maintenance and exhaust fans and hoods at the top to catch vapors from the nearby ductwork. In total, the tower amasses approximately 7,000 gross square feet, and is 25 feet by 40 feet.