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M A N U FA C T U R I N G & E N G I N E E R I N G m +e // Before Travis Drew became plant manager of Lucerne’s Abbotsford facility, he spent several years working in crop science. Grown Experience > LU C E R N E F O O D S Down on the Farm Before reaching his current position as plant manager five years ago, Drew spent three years as a plant superintendent for Lucerne. Before that, he spent several years working in crop science, performing research in the fields. It was there that Drew says he developed one of the most important attributes needed for his job. “A big part of it is LUCERNE FOODS PLANT MANAGER TRAVIS DREW SAYS LEARNING THE AGRICULTURAL SIDE OF THE BUSINESS HAS HELPED HIM GROW AS A MANAGER. BY C H R I S P E T E R S E N The Abbotsford plant processes frozen fruits and vegetables for Lucerne, which is owned by Safeway and provides private-label products for the grocery store chain. Supplied by growers throughout lower British Columbia, Drew says the 100,000-square-foot plant processes and freezes about 250,000 pounds of produce each day for retail and foodservice. “We’re fully integrated right from the field to the store shelf,” he says. the agriculture side, understanding agriculture and being able to relate to our > -----------------------------------------------[ P R O F I L E ] Lucerne Foods 2009 sales: $40 million Location: Abbotsford, British Columbia Specialty: Food manufacturing Employees: 200 -------------------------------------------------------------- Farm fields might not be the first place one would think of receiving an education in management, but Travis Drew says his experience there has served him well. As a plant manager for Lucerne Foods in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Drew says he’s applied the lessons he learned in the fields to his plant’s modern manufacturing, while also continuing to drive improvements in the facility. 52 MANAGEMENTTODAY-MAGAZINE.COM WINTER 2011 http://www.MANAGEMENTTODAY-MAGAZINE.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Management Today - Winter 2011

Management Today - Winter 2011
Millionaire Mega Toys
Management Playbook
Taking Action
Branding Concerns
La Curacao
Prosper Inc.
Meridian Credit Union
Ozarks Federal Savings and Loan
Mona Pearl
MaMa Rosa’s Pizza
L’Oreal USA Consumers Products Division
ABI Ltd.
CHIRON America
Lucerne Foods
Bud’s Best Cookies
Crest Foam Industries
Hozishaki America
The Knapheide Manufacturing Co.
Lavi Industries
S. Freedman & Sons Inc.
Val-Fab Inc.
History vs. Reality
Grupo Roble
Sabal Homes
Grupo Marhnos
Novak Construction
McAlpine Ltd. – Cayman Islands Government Administration Building
Ram Power Corp.
CMH Architects
Golden State Framers
Russell Redi-Mix Concrete
Roger Electric
Supply Chain
Triad Systems
Schildwachter Oil
Star Transport
Canadian Focus
Airline Hotels & Resorts Inc.
Northgate Industries
Winnipeg Airports Authority
PKS Equipment & Engineering Inc.
The Hazelton Hotel
Leeds Transit
PCL Constructors – Durham Consolidated Courthouse
Build Toronto
Handling Specialty
Parker Hannifin Canada
Stevens Resource Group Inc.

Management Today - Winter 2011