Burns-Ricker, Inc., a Division of B & G Foods, in Dayton, New Jersey was established in 1985 and employs up to 100 people. The bagel chip manufacturer has between 20 and 30 million dollars in annual sales.
The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc. (NJMEP) contacted Burns-Ricker, Inc. to assist them in checking to make sure that their mission critical manufacturing equipment was Y2K compliant. Burns-Ricker, Inc. decided that their production processing line was their most critical system, because it was the largest line, the most technologically advanced system and had the greatest risk. The system is comprised of many types of controls that are computerized, such as speed controls. NJMEP had to check approximately 40 items.
NJMEP investigated all of the items submitted, all but one of the items were not a suspect for having Y2K malfunctions. The manufacturer was contacted, for the one piece of equipment that was unknown, and they verified that it was compliant.
” The largest impact from this project was that we were unscathed because of Y2K and did not have to build up inventory for safety stock, stated John Tracy, Plant Manager at Burns-Ricker, Inc. If they had to manufacturer safety stock, this would be an extra $600,000 – $700,000 of inventory, which would be above and beyond what they typically have on hand.