BW Container Systems Travels to the Edge of the World

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When you work with a BW Packaging S​ystems company, you can bet they’ll go to the ends of the earth to solve your packaging challenges. Literally.

That’s exactly what BW Container Systems did to provide Trident Sea Foods, located in Alaska’s remote Aleutian Islands, with three robotic rotary palletizing systems.

After a 30-hourlong journey that carried him over snow-capped mountaintops, green foothills and bright blue waters, Scott Smith, Director of Global Business Development for BW Container Systems, had one thing to say as he stepped off the helicopter in Akutan, Alaskahe: “Wow.”

“The Aleutian Islands are just this amazing, beautiful part of the country that seems almost mythical,” Smith said. “It feels like it’s on the edge of civilization; well, because I guess it is.”

Smith was there to visit a valued client of BW Container Systems, Trident SeaFoods. BW Container Systems is an industry-leading supplier of end-of-line packaging automation machinery and conveyance. Trident is one of the largest seafood companies in the U.S.

More specifically, Smith was there to visit Trident’s Akutan shore plant, located 750 miles SW of Anchorage in Alaska’s Aleutian Chain. Though, as Trident’s website says, the Akutan plant is remote and entirely self-reliant, its proximity to the Bering Sea fishing grounds has helped it become the largest seafood production facility in North America.

“With more than 1,400 company-housed employees during peak seasons, Akutan sustains a year-round, multi-species frozen seafood operation capable of processing more than 3 million pounds of raw fish per day. Wild Alaska Pollock—the Bering Sea’s most abundant whitefish— is the primary focus of the Akutan operation, and the plant also processes significant volumes of Pacific cod, Alaska king & snow crab, halibut and other important species.”

Trident purchased three robotic rotary palletizing systems from BW Container Systems. Instead of hand- palletizing boxes of frozen fish, these robotic palletizers enable Trident to use that labor elsewhere in their plant. Most importantly, though, it limits their team members’ exposure to frozen temperatures.

“At Trident SeaFoods, safety and providing a work-safe environment is the number one priority,” said Travis Heine, Trident’s Akutan plant manager.

Heine said Trident chose BW Container Systems because of their reputation for service.

“This is the thing with BW Container Systems, as well as companies associated with all of the BW Packaging S​ystems companies, we have the capability to install and service our client’s machines anywhere in the world,” Smith said. “And through our combined capabilities, we can offer a variety of solutions for your company, from machines to integrated systems. Frozen foods is just one of any number of industries in which we have decades of experience, and in which we provide world-class machinery, outstanding service and innovative, integrated solutions.”

Watch the video below to see Scott’s visit to the edge of world, tour the Aleutian Islands and Trident SeaFoods, and learn more about BW Container Systems: