Drainage Matters – Ultimate Ultimate Hygienic Design & Drainage Solutions

Food, Food Manufacturing & Supply Chain, Food Safety & Regulation,
  • Wednesday, May 25, 2016

It’s time to raise the standard of drainage performance by putting HygieneFirst! Drainage systems are easily underestimated as it is often out of sight and out of mind. Understanding the critical role drainage plays in commercial food preparation, clean rooms and other sanitary areas where hygiene is vital, is essential in protecting the processing environment which directly impacts the company’s brand and reputation. Poor, ineffective or non-hygienic drainage systems can lead to costly ongoing maintenance or worse, contamination and drastic measures and costs to rectify and eliminate areas of risk.

Future success of the food industry requires the continued development and limitation of risk from poor hygiene. Drainage plays a critical role in this development, yet, in many instances is one the elements most neglected, therefore posing a serious risk to future success and the mitigation of risk. Guidance is  available through global organizations such as EHEDG, NSF and 3A, and this is leading to the development of better solutions for operators both in terms of drainage design and operational cleaning and maintenance activities. Join us to look at some of these key areas and the new guidance that provides a backdrop of the new opportunities available to operators.

ACO offers integrated drainage solutions designed to exceed hygienic principles and standards usually reserved for food contact surfaces and equipment. We bring the highest quality stainless steel drainage solutions and 25+ years of global experience serving the food and beverage, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Drainage matters and ACO is raising the standards of drainage performance by putting HygieneFirst!


Mark Haydon, Strategic Manager, Building Drainage, ACO Polymer Products, Inc. USA

Mark Haydon has over 25 years’ sales and marketing experience with the ACO portfolio of products. After designing and selling stainless steel drainage solutions in England, he moved to ACO USA as Technical Manager in the late 1990’s running the technical support center and helping to develop new civil engineering products. From there, Mark moved on to selling and managing civil projects in the Great Lakes region and then moved to Arizona to head up ACO USA’s west coast sales operations. Most recently, he established and ran the new southeast sales operation and warehouse out of Charlotte, NC and is now excited to be bringing all of his prior knowledge and expertise to launch the ACO Building Drainage product portfolio in the USA.

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Brett Ira, Head of International Key Account Management, Commercial Kitchens, ACO Industries, k.s. Prague, Czech Republic

With more than 10 years’ experience in the commercial kitchen market, Brett has an in-depth understanding of the needs of the foodservice sector. He is an active supporter of EHEDG (the European Hygienic Design & Engineering Group) and, as a key member of the ACO team, is fully conversant with the principles of hygienic engineering and design.

Born in Colorado, and a graduate of Fort Lewis College, Brett is now based in Prague in the Czech Republic. He leads a team of Global Key Account Managers which specialize in the commercial kitchen, and food and drink manufacturing sectors, and is focused on developing strong relationships with key organizations within the global foodservice community and in raising the profile of hygienically designed drainage.

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Who Should Attend?

  • Design Engineers
  • Plumbing Engineers
  • Quality Engineers
  • Facility Designers
  • Process Engineer
  • Food Safety Professionals
  • Design Managers
  • Plumbing Managers
  • Quality Managers
  • Facility Managers
  • Process Managers
  • VP/Director/Managers of Food Safety, Food Security, Regulatory Compliance, Quality

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ACO is the established leader in providing drainage systems for the food service industry. More than 60 years of drainage experience make ACO the world-class supplier of drainage systems

ACO offers sustainable, integrated drainage systems, designed to protect your business and the environment. Our aim is to constantly improve every aspect of safety, hygienic and functional performance. We believe our systems and services are truly unique, delivering unparalleled benefit to everyone involved in project delivery of subsequent operation.

The stainless steel drainage products in the Building Drainage division are designed for the ultimate hygienic performance, ensuring the health & safety of workers, customers and products, while still allowing clean-in-place functionality.

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