Detroit, MI

Wolverine Packing Company


Shambaugh & Son, L.P.


Wolverine Packing Company

Services Provided

  • Ammonia Refrigeration
  • BIM
  • Prefabrication

General Contractor

Tippmann Innovation

Value Delivered

Shambaugh provided the expertise and manpower needed to successfully deliver this massive ammonia refrigeration system. The system serves a 20,000-square-foot process room, a 5,000-square-foot quick freeze room, an 80,000-square-foot storage freezer, raw storage room, and refrigerated dock areas.

Shambaugh’s use of 3D BIM modeling helped the team identify and correct potential design problems, interferences, or pipe routing issues prior to installation. By producing components in-house at our 120,000-square-foot prefabrication facility, we helped reduce on-site installation time, ultimately delivering the project on-schedule.

Client Objectives

Wolverine Packing Company needed to build a new facility that would allow them to process and package larger volumes of product with increased efficiency. The project included construction of a cold storage freezer warehouse to accommodate Wolverine’s new production line and to receive product from existing facilities.

Scope of Services

Shambaugh installed:

  • Two critical process air (CPA) units
  • Four screw compressors
  • 14 ceiling-hung evaporators
  • Three penthouse evaporators
  • Three liquid recirculation packages
  • Two evaporative condensers
  • 1.2 miles of ammonia piping

Our design team made mechanical accessibility and serviceability focal points of the refrigeration system. The system’s piping installations maintain clear walkways on the roof, providing unfettered accessibility to the valve stations and vessel isolation valves.

Shambaugh installed pump-out valves for easier future service. The process area is outfitted with two CPA units, which allow for an easy wash-down cleaning of the process area. Both units provide humidity control so process rooms can quickly return to production after cleanup. Screw compressors with economizer ports and crossover valves were installed for system redundancy and efficiency.

Client Background

Wolverine Packing Company has been in the meat business in the Detroit area for over 100 years.