February 02, 2017

See how McClure's produces over 2,000 pickle jars per day

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McClure's orders cucumbers by the truckload direct from farmers who grow crops specifically for the company. Each week, Joe McClure buys 12 boxes, or "totes," that each hold 2,000 pounds of cucumbers. Yes, that's a whole lot of cucumbers.
Tom Perkins
McClure's orders cucumbers by the truckload direct from farmers who grow crops specifically for the company. Each week, Joe McClure buys 12 boxes, or "totes," that each hold 2,000 pounds of cucumbers. Yes, that's a whole lot of cucumbers.
The cucumbers' journey begins with a hoist on the forklift.
Tom Perkins
The cucumbers' journey begins with a hoist on the forklift.
Cucumbers are pulled out of the box and placed onto the conveyor belt.
Tom Perkins
Cucumbers are pulled out of the box and placed onto the conveyor belt.
Then hit the showers.
Tom Perkins
Then hit the showers.
They receive a thorough rinsing.
Tom Perkins
They receive a thorough rinsing.
And a good scrubbin' from spinning brushes that rapidly spin the cucumbers.
Tom Perkins
And a good scrubbin' from spinning brushes that rapidly spin the cucumbers.
After a short trip down a conveyor, an employee collects the cucumbers in tubs.
Tom Perkins
After a short trip down a conveyor, an employee collects the cucumbers in tubs.
He then drops them in the slicing machine, a roughly 20-foot piece of equipment that sucks cucumbers out of the troth with spinning belts. The produce shoots through a slicer, a long tube, and ....
Tom Perkins
He then drops them in the slicing machine, a roughly 20-foot piece of equipment that sucks cucumbers out of the troth with spinning belts. The produce shoots through a slicer, a long tube, and ....
.... into a tub sitting around 30 feet away.
Tom Perkins
.... into a tub sitting around 30 feet away.
At the same time, an employee loads jars into a corral where the glass is automatically pulled into the production line. McClure's brought in a consultant who works in auto plants to help improve the pickle line's flow and efficiency.
Tom Perkins
At the same time, an employee loads jars into a corral where the glass is automatically pulled into the production line. McClure's brought in a consultant who works in auto plants to help improve the pickle line's flow and efficiency.