Los angeles, CA

Novelty Ice Cream Plant Expansion


Shambaugh & Son, L.P.


Humboldt Creamery

Services Provided

  • Automation Engineering
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Process Controls
  • Refrigeration
Close up view of equipment installed at an ice cream plant expansion

Value Delivered

The existing cup line and the rotary gram line (pops) were refurbished. A rotary gram line (bars), a cup line and a neo sandwich line were relocated from the Seattle plants and refurbished. Shambaugh relocated or moved nine of the continuous freezers and replaced all of the process piping.

The existing HTST pasteurizer and batching system was replaced with higher capacity relocated equipment and completely re-piped with new valves. A complete new control and batching system with upgraded motor control centers was provided. Refrigeration, mechanical and electrical systems were upgraded as required. Existing conveyors were modified and new ones provided where necessary.

All work was done in 3½ months while keeping the plant in production without interruption. The project was completed on time and under budget.

Client Objectives

Humboldt Creamery needed to incorporate the novelty ice cream production volumes from two Seattle plants into their existing Los Angeles plant. Two bulk lines and a specialty sandwich line needed to be removed from the Los Angeles plant to make room for the expansion.

Scope of Services

  • Single use CIP systems (new raw unit and refurbished pasteurized unit)
  • Product valves upgraded from 50% plug to all air actuated.
  • All new sanitary pipe and support work
  • New touch screen controls
  • Multiple formula automated batching control system
  • New motor controls and VFD’s
  • Automatic line CIP
  • Automated mix routing
  • Multiple mix paths with break connections to accommodate allergen products
  • Alternate freezer and flavor vat combinations for multiple products
  • Liquefiers for recycling product
  • Proximity actuated hand switches for ice cream sampling valves