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Full Steam Ahead: Harry’s Fresh Foods

December 07, 2017

• 2017 Eagle Award and Award of Excellence from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
• Client: Harry’s Fresh Foods

Back in 1977, the recipe that Rod Harris used for clam chowder at his Portland, Oregon, restaurant was so good, other restaurants wanted it. Harris launched Harry’s Famous Original Clam Chowder Company – and quickly discovered that his soup recipes brought in more revenue than his restaurants. Today, operating as Harry’s Fresh Foods, the company is one of North America’s leading producers of chef-inspired refrigerated food products.

The expanding success of the company created a logistical challenge. While Harry’s Portland facilities could serve the Western states, a more centralized location was needed for other deliveries. And what better place than Nashville?

Harry’s selected a 200,000 square-foot facility for renovation, and chose Lee Company as its design-build partner – confident that our innovative professionals could develop the complex mechanical infrastructure required to support 19 kettle production lines.

To meet FDA regulations and Harry’s expectations, this new infrastructure had to include a hot ingredient water system for each kettle, four steam pressure reducing stations, and a new exhaust system. Lee Company moved full steam ahead, using our state-of-the-art fabrication shop and an elaborate, time-saving, on-site logistical plan to safely and successfully hit the project deadline.

How’d we celebrate? With a big bowl of clam chowder!

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