Union door increases chicken production for Benson Park

April 26, 2016 by Peter MacLeod
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Union door increases chicken production for Benson Park

Industrial rapid roll door manufacturer Union Industries has helped specialist cooked chicken manufacturer Benson Park with its recent chill store extension, which includes new-state-of-the-art cooking processes.

Benson Park was recently acquired by the Cranswick Group, and the project at the Hull site is its first venture in to the cooked chicken sector. The new extension has increased capacity by 30% due to quicker stock intake and has also created new jobs. Capacity has also been increased with a new cooking process, which is far more efficient and incorporates new cooking techniques.

Union Industries, the Leeds-based company, which designs, manufactures, installs and maintains its own range of fast-acting doors, has fitted two Matadoors to help Benson Park to meet its strict temperature control and hygiene standards.



Benson Park is a specialist manufacturer of cooked poultry products for the food industry. It operates from a purpose-built factory that has been designed to produce high quality cooked meat products efficiently and to the best possible safety standards. It supplies well known food-to-go manufacturers with chicken in its various forms including cooked, sliced, diced and shredded.

The Matadoor is ideally suited for internal openings with high volume traffic, whether for fork lift trucks, pallet trucks or personnel with trolleys and carts. Its fast opening and closing operating cycle ensures that as little of the cold as possible escapes when gaining access, meaning energy savings and cost reductions in refrigeration.

In common with the other doors in the range, the Matadoor features Union’s highly-regarded ‘Crash-Out’ damage protection facility which ensures that they remain operable if the bottom beam is hit by a speeding vehicle. This proven system, which has been a central attribute of Union’s doors for more than 25 years, drastically reduces repair costs and guarantees minimal down-time if the door is impacted by traffic such as fork lift trucks.

Paul Chable, Senior Technical Sales Engineer at Union Industries, said: “The Matadoor has gained an excellent reputation in the chilled food production and storage industry. Its durability and speed make it the perfect door for busy areas that require a consistent temperature to be maintained."

Jason Key, Operations Director at Benson Park, said: “We are delighted with the functionality of the Matadoor, in particular the Crash-Out system that ensures that operations will continue to run smoothly in the event of a collision with the doors.”


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