(Submitted by Mick Whitt, Manufacturing Business Development Specialist, Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Center, OSU South Centers)
On May 18, the Ohio State University South Centers Small Business Development Center (SBDC) was present for the first day of bottling production at Patter Fam Sauces in Wheelersburg, Ohio.
The day began with a homemade style breakfast, including biscuits, eggs, and bacon, prepared by owner Sam Peters. What a wonderful way to start any work day!
After receiving final inspection and approval from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Sam invited members of the SBDC business team to act as the production crew for the day. Team members Ryan Mapes, Chris Smalley, and Mick Whitt were involved with the entire process that all employees will perform, such as, calibrating equipment, cleaning and sterilization, preparing ingredients, stirring (a lot of stirring), and filling, capping, sealing, and boxing the finished product.
The benefit of the SBDC team taking part in this day was helping Sam better evaluate exactly how many employees it will take to complete the needed tasks in the allowable time, as well as, going through all the process and work instructions step-by-step to ensure they are clear, easily followed, and include all necessary duties. These precise and detailed work instructions will help reduce new employee training time and uninformed mistakes, thus increasing production and quality.
Patter Fam Sauces is now bottling for a variety of companies as well as maintaining production supplies for their own line of products.
One last detail…
The team was also treated to a delicious meal from Patter Fam’s kitchen for lunch. Sam apparently has not yet learned that if you keep feeding the OSU Business Team…they will keep coming back.
To find out more about information about Patter Fam Sauces or their bottling capabilities, please visit: http://www.patterfamsauces.com/