Passed in 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) gave the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sweeping new powers to oversee and regulate the production of food within the United States.  This was in direct response to a rising number of cases involving tainted food, traced back to its processing plants of origin.

In short, the FSMA holds food producers directly responsible for maintaining clean facilities and deploying best scientific practices to reduce the chances of foodborne illnesses.  Along with new regulations on production, the FDA also received enhanced powers to directly inspect facilities and test the products being created. 

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Finding the right flooring solution for a brewery or brewpub is no easy task.  The rigors of brewing make a lot of demanding requirements on the floor, and a poor choice in flooring can severely hamper operations.  It’s vital to find a floor that will be reliable for years, without compromising the product.

These are the most important factors to look for:

Strength: When your brite tanks can easily weight a ton or more when filled, you need a floor capable of holding up that weight without buckling or cracking.  Few flooring materials have that strength.

Resistance to temperature fluctuation: A brewery’s floors don’t only have to deal with room temperatures – the nature of the product means they could be in hot or cold environments, or even deal with rapid temperature shifts due to spills.

Easy cleaning: Small spills are a part of life in the brewing business, and cleaning up minor messes shouldn’t disrupt production.  A great brewery floor should need the least possible cleaning effort, without compromising safety.

Resistance to contamination: Many flooring types, as well as those that are older or cracked, provide havens for microorganisms to breed and thrive.  This could, of course, be ruinous to a brewing operation.  Your floor must do everything possible to prevent contaminants from breeding.

Slip resistance: If there was a spill, would your workers still be able to maintain their footing even on a wet floor?  Slip-resistant flooring can help prevent costly accidents!

Longevity: No floor will last forever, but you should get plenty of years from your investment.  Then, when the floor does start to take damage, it should be easy to repair without major disruption to your operation.

Black Bear, The Trusted Partner for Brewery Flooring

Talk to Black Bear about designing and installing a cost-effective, durable surface for your brewery floor spaces. Fill out the online form or, please call 978-405-0017. To learn more about industrial flooring for the brewery industry, check out our guide to choosing the right flooring for breweries, taverns, and pubs.

Nobody worries about money, right? Wrong. It’s all about the bottom line for companies. And in this tight economy, budgets are being stretched to their limits.

Cost matters when you’re building or renovating a new place of business, and every aspect of the construction needs to be considered in terms of its cost/benefit.  When it comes to your flooring, you need a commercial or industrial floor solution that is both affordable to install and a reliable work surface for years to come. Sometimes however, those two things are in conflict and you need to understand why paying more up front will end up saving your money down the line.

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There are numerous reasons to choose epoxy-coated concrete for the flooring of your commercial or industrial business.  Epoxy is exceptionally strong, long-lasting, easy to clean, and can even come in numerous eye-pleasing colors. However, one of the less obvious benefits of epoxy flooring is that the epoxy blend can be tailored to your needs.  This means your flooring contractor can formulate the coatings for added protection against the elements of the space.

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When designing and building a facility for producing foods or beverages, every element must be considered in terms of its ability to help you create safe products for the market – and that includes the floor beneath your feet.  The right flooring solution can do a lot to ensure the success of your endeavor, safeguarding the integrity of your products and your workers alike. An epoxy coating is ideal for many of these environments, which is why it’s become a popular floor solution of choice for manufacturers of perishables.

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Yes, there really is a difference between epoxy and self-leveling epoxy.

While both are ideal for performance in commercial and industrial spaces, the formulation and application process is slightly different. Self-leveling epoxy is a coating applied to a slab of concrete and, as the name suggests, it’s easy to apply because it self-levels and spreads out across the flooring surface.  It quickly creates a single seamless surface across the floor. While general epoxy coatings can also create a seamless floor, self-leveling epoxy leaves nothing to chance. Rather than use rollers to apply the epoxy compound onto a floor that could cause and inconsistencies, self-leveling epoxy is specially formulated for an application to balance out and give you a truly smooth and even surface.

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When choosing between types of commercial flooring it’s easy to focus entirely on your immediate needs. However, that may be a mistake considering the long-term costs.  Different types of flooring require various levels of maintenance, and some will ultimately have a much higher TCO than others.  In most cases, your best choice will likely be the one that’s more affordable to maintain, yet durable and compliant. There are many factors which affect long-term maintenance costs. We have provided some of the more pertinent considerations when budgeting for future floor repairs.

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There are plenty of factors to consider when building or renovating a grocery store, supermarket, deli, or similar business. You have a lot of compliance regulations to adhere to, plus you have to create a space that’s safe and attractive for visitors.  In these situations, it’s easy to overlook matters like flooring – but you shouldn’t.

Too often we see grocers who have made the wrong decision in flooring simply because they “thought” it was the more cost-effective system – using vinyl tiles that started becoming damaged within a matter of months.  Repairing the flooring in an active store ends up costing more for the store owners in repairs and downtime and, in extreme situations, can result in lawsuits from patrons who have fallen or become injured due to a broken floor.

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Often overlooked yet fairly prominent in the manufacturing space, casket production facilities adhere to strict compliance when it comes to industrial flooring. There are several different areas within a casket manufacturing plant including receiving bays for lumber and materials, production spaces, shipping areas, and the typical lavatories, lockers, break rooms and office spaces. And with so much of the labor requiring employees to be on their feet most of the day, it’s important that an industrial floor system provides a safe working environment to avoid any on-site incidents.

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Flooring in any retail space will need to stand up to a lot of abuse, but the flooring in a liquor store has unique stressors that can take its toll on the integrity of the floor.  A liquor store owner needs flooring which is not only budget friendly but will also be able to last for many years with minimal maintenance – no matter what the products or the customers might do to it.

For many liquor store owners, the solution is simple: concrete topped with a resinous coating, such as epoxy.  Epoxy resin can stand up to all the demands of a liquor store, while providing a flooring surface with the potential to last decades.

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