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The future belongs to the leaders.

Thomas W. Pietrocini President and CEO Bally Engineered Structures, Inc.

This year, while our friend Saul Beck celebrates his 30th anniversary as a key communicator to the frozen food industry, Bally is lighting a few candles of its own. As a company, we turn 60 in 1993, and it's our great pleasure to share the anniversary with Frozen Food Digest. Just as this magazine and its predecessor, Quick Frozen Foods, have been leaders in keeping the industry informed, Bally has been a leader in advancing the industry's refrigeration technology.

Like Saul's, our leadership goes back a long way. In 1962, we introduced the first walk-in coolers and freezers insulated with poured-foam urethane. This change revolutionized methods of building and insulating refrigerated structures. Food processors and warehousemen benefited from shorter construction time; sturdy, lightweight structural components; and reduced energy costs. But it was only the first of many innovations we would bring to the industry.

In 1969, Bally became the first manufacturer to receive Underwriters Laboratories listing for a foam-insulated construction panel. Our company was the first to earn the Factory Mutual Class I rating for any refrigeration panel. Responding to concerns about ozone depletion, Bally was the first company to produce a reduced-CFC panel and the first to receive fire listings for that panel. We've consistently been years ahead in helping our customers with safety and environmental protection.

But true pioneers can't be satisfied with past achievement. Without new ideas yesterday's leaders move to the back of the pack and may disappear entirely. So we're continuing to come up with innovative ways to keep food cold.

Recently we were proud to announce that Bally's new HCFC foam panels had earned FM Class I and UL listings, the first entirely CFC-free system to be so recognized. This system, developed by Bally in cooperation with Miles Inc. of Pittsburgh, is called the Baytherm 846 foam system. It uses HCFC 141B, which rates an ozone depletion number of only .1-just one-tenth that of R11 and R12, the CFCs previously used. Yet it exceeds all strength, durability and dimensional stability standards, and does it all without compromising insulation value.

We also have paid close attention to growing concerns worldwide about food quality and purity. To make it easier for frozen food processors to maintain hospital-sterile conditions in their operations, we pioneered the Bally welded seam panel.

Food processors can now use our gas-tight, water-tight welded-seam panel enclosures. These structures, assembled using an exclusive, patented process, can be cleaned daily with live steam or pressurized hot water. Because the seams between panels are sealed, there's no danger that moisture can be forced into the joints. (Water in the joints can freeze and force the panels apart. It can also seriously aggravate sanitation problems.) Sealed-seam technology meets the toughest requirements for cleanliness, even when processed frozen food passes through every day.

Finally, we at Bally are aware that leadership goes beyond superior products and leading-edge technology. We have always worked hard to be the quality leader, and those efforts have paid off for us and our customers. But we know that quality is a journey, not a destination.

In order to make sure that continuous improvement remains a part of our way of doing business, we began last year to train our workforce in Total Quality Management. TQM puts a series of clearly understandable, highly functional tools in the hands of the workforce. It organizes the employees in a team approach to problem solving. As we practice it, TQM promotes the volunteer spirit that is so important to progress in any business. It also shows the way for development among our management, as they learn to share responsibility and encourage the empowerment of all employees. And when the ideas of an empowered workforce bear fruit in better products, service and delivery, all our customers benefit.

In each of these areas, our growth parallels the excellence we see in every issue of Frozen Food Digest. As we move into the future, we wish the Digest many more years of successful publication.
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Title Annotation:top refrigeration machinery company Bally Engineered Structures, Inc.
Author:Pietrocini, Thomas W.
Publication:Frozen Food Digest
Date:Apr 1, 1993
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