SIKA AT WORK: LEF FARMS
SIKAFLOOR HELPS GROW PRODUCE BUSINESS
Giving New Englanders fresh produce within 24 hours of harvest - instead of greens that have spent days in a truck being shipped across country - is the goal of Léf (pronounced leaf) Farms of Loudon, New Hampshire. Léf Farms recently built a hydroponic greenhouse with fully automated processing, and they were committed to using the highest quality materials that were also durable and exceeded food safety regulations, including the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). With all of these requirements on Léf's shopping list, it's no surprise they chose the Sikafloor PurCem polyurethane flooring system.
FDA Food Code 2009 specifies that food establishments must have floors that are "smooth, durable, and easily cleanable". Sikafloor PurCem is an ultra-heavy duty performance flooring system that easily meets this code and complies with new FSMA rules. PurCem also provides slip resistant textures for wet surfaces, which in this case was important because the facility has a lot of equipment that must be washed down at the end of each shift to maintain a hygienic food-processing environment.
A FRESH APPROACH TO HIGH STANDARDS
The installation took place in July 2016. Wells states that Léf Farms "was a joy to work with. They gave us free access to the facility without another soul in our way. They did it the right way."
Wells Restoration used polyurethane cement technology because it is less sensitive to temperature changes. "This floor was going into an area that was basically a big cooler with a temperature of 35°F, so I knew the urethane cement would meet these environmental conditions the best." Wells said.
A CLEAN FLOOR WITH NO SLIP UPS
Léf Farms couldn't be more pleased with the floor. DJ Grandmaison, sales and marketing manager at Léf Farms said, "The fact that the floor is so easy to clean means we can save time, water, energy and resources. It is holding up extremely well, even though there has been a lot of traffic."
INVESTING IN FUTURE GROWTH
Léf Farms hope to invest in Sikafloor PurCem floor systems again as the business expands. "The floor is an easy place for people to skimp on, but we went the other way." LaDue stated. "It is a step above our competitors and we are very proud of it. We hope to expand in the future, and I assume we would continue on with this flooring system."
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