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Bobs Red Mill was founded by Bob and Charlee Moore Their passion for whole-grain health foods prompted the decision to use only slow-turning granite and quartz milling stones allowing the nutritional integrity of grains to be retained The key to BRMs success lies within the dietary trends of health conscious consumers The Moores great achievements in production and sales have enabled the addition of three partners to oversee growth increased the plant size to a total of 82000 square feet prompted the need to employ 75 production employees to work three shifts and have ballooned the operation into a global exporter with revenues in the multi-million dollar range BRM receives its grain by tractor-trailer delivery Augers are used to empty it into storage tanks The grain is piped into the production facility through a network of pipes The grain is piped into hoppers which gravity feed the grain into the grinding mills Once ground and mixed the grain is stored in 2000 pound bags and placed on a pallet Eight packaging lines will soon receive the bags which are hung above the packaging machines and gravity fed into hoppers These 40000 pound hoppers empty directly in bagging machines Quality control is performed at the packaging stage The product is probed for moisture and metal content The packages are also weighed A mechanical device rejects any packages not meeting specified criteria Packages satisfying all quality conditions proceed to be placed in cardboard boxes The boxes are arranged on a pallet by human input and later shrink wrapped for transport to the distribution facility Potential problems in the BRM operation have been observed in the following areas delivery of grain packaging line material handling personnel and security Drivers are only allowed to make deliveries during normal business hours In addition the parking lot is not conducive to tractor-trailer combinations especially with multiple trailers It is also troublesome for drivers to navigate their rigs in a lot that
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