We deliver innovative solutions for the most demanding food and beverage environments in the world

Regularly sought out by large, multinational clients, our team of multi-disciplinary industry experts provides complete design services from concept, planning and justification, through start-up and commissioning.

Salas O’Brien’s projects range in scope from small capital improvements to major capital expansions and greenfield projects. We have developed a reputation for engineering excellence, hands-on technical experience, sustainability, and constructability.

We also offer design-build or turn-key project delivery if desired, providing a single point-of-contact for your project with a higher level of internal coordination. We’ll reduce your internal project management burden and schedule duration.

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Sustainability in Food and Beverage Manufacturing

Valerie Lafreniere, Dennis Romak, John Murphy, Tim Burnham, and John Glenski share the challenges F&B manufacturers face and how sustainable practices can reduce costs and impact ESG.

What we can offer

Salas O’Brien provides a wide variety of engineering and technical services to meet the demands of this high-performance sector.

Process engineering

Salas O’Brien’s process teams specialize in the equipment, systems and methods that transform raw materials into finished products. We solve complex problems and deliver solutions.

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Digital and automation

Salas O’Brien enables the implementation of your project, from design to completion; from the main power supply of your plant to the control of your processes and production lines; from a simple operator interface to the acquisition and management system of revenue and inventory.

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Hygienic design

Salas O’Brien offers comprehensive solutions that prioritize cleanliness, safety, and efficiency. Our facility designs are meticulously crafted, encompassing walls, ceilings, floors, and doors, all tailored to meet stringent hygienic standards. We specialize in creating environments that adhere to strict standards, ensuring optimal air quality and temperature control. Our team is adept at addressing Environmental Product Control requirements and implementing systems that minimize contamination risks and enhance product safety.  Learn more

Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection

Salas O’Brien’s mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection design team delivers common-sense, integrated design solutions that are cost-effective, reliable, and energy efficient.

Bulk material handling

Salas O’Brien’s expertise in bulk material handling is centered around delivering robust, efficient, and sustainable solutions. Our services are designed to address the full spectrum of challenges associated with the handling of bulk materials.

  • Systems design and equipment selection: We specialize in the strategic design of bulk material handling systems and the careful selection of equipment. Our designs are tailored to meet your specific operational requirements, ensuring seamless integration and optimal performance.
  • Feasibility studies and preliminary engineering: Our approach begins with comprehensive feasibility studies and preliminary engineering assessments. This critical phase ensures that every aspect of your bulk material handling system is viable, practical, and designed for efficiency.
  • Dust control and mitigation systems: Recognizing the importance of environmental and workplace safety, we implement advanced dust control and mitigation systems. These solutions are essential for maintaining air quality and complying with health and safety regulations.
  • Operations and maintenance improvements and inspection: We focus on enhancing the operations and maintenance of your handling systems. Through detailed inspections and improvement recommendations, we aim to maximize the longevity and reliability of your equipment.
  • Start-up and commissioning: Our team is committed to ensuring a smooth start-up and commissioning process. We provide comprehensive support to ensure that your systems operate as intended right from the onset.
  • Procurement and structural design: We offer full-service procurement assistance and structural design expertise, ensuring that every component of your bulk material handling system is of the highest quality and designed for durability.

Salas O’Brien understands that efficient and reliable bulk material handling is crucial for your operational success. Our tailored solutions are designed to meet the unique challenges of your industry, ensuring that your materials are handled safely, efficiently, and sustainably.

Packaging systems

Salas O’Brien optimizes all of your packaging operations in terms of productivity, quality, and safety. Our specialists have experience in all types of food packaging, pharmaceutical packaging, and product packaging, which guarantees the quality and diversity of our services.

One of our key services, in collaboration with the packaging team, is the packaging line audit. The recommendations that follow these audits allow our clients to have a fresh and clear view of the operation of their line, to identify areas of optimization that can quickly gain efficiency points and to establish the actions to be taken for the increase of production, whether in programming, equipment modification or optimization of methods related to the change of format or procedures.

This service will allow you to quickly define a concrete action plan to increase production efficiency and identify investment needs in defining CAPEX based on sales forecasts.

Operations and maintenance

Salas O’Brien offers a range of services to help you optimize your operations, from developing maintenance plans to implementing predictive maintenance solutions. We have extensive experience working with a variety of industries, and we can tailor our solutions to meet your specific needs and challenges.


Salas O’Brien delivers effective noise and vibration control to help you meet OSHA standards and create a safer, more productive work environment.

Building envelope consulting and testing

Salas O’Brien covers all aspects of building envelope consulting, from design collaboration for new construction to installation oversight during construction. On existing buildings, our expertise also includes in-depth forensic analysis to pinpoint envelope failures, then offering detailed repair and remediation guidance.

Our field-testing services use cutting-edge tools to assess air and water tightness, thermal efficiency, and structural soundness. We have an ISO 17025 accredited lab and are capable of conducting a variety of both lab and field testing procedures following FGIA/AAMA, ASTM and other industry standards. Our team also specializes in energy modeling to boost efficiency and hazardous material sampling for safety. Our comprehensive building envelope commissioning ensures optimal performance of your building’s envelope, enhancing the functionality of both new and existing structures.

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