"Brian Hill and the Palcon team have been a partner of Texas Harvest for over 5 years now. Brian's work has helped us design and grow our business to a level we never thought was possible. Brians focus and attention to detail are second to none, from process flow to efficiencies, negotiations with vendors and most importantly food-safety we would not be where we are at without his company. I take pleasure in calling Brian/Palcon a true partner and team member of Texas Harvest."
Tony Stachurski, President, Texas Harvest
"My company, Primo Produce, started working with Palcon Systems in 2018 to develop a new fresh cut fruits and vegetables shop. Primo has been in the produce distribution industry since 1990, and when we decided to take the next step into the fresh-cut business, Palcon Systems was there from day one with creative and cost-effective solutions. From engineering design to assistance with our existing warehouse as well as our new expansion, they have truly gone above and beyond. Designing this project could have been a very stressful experience, but with Palcon Systems’ guidance, the entire process has been smooth. Owner Brian Hill’s expertise and ability to think outside the box have been an incredible benefit to me and my company. It has been a tremendous pleasure working with Brian and the Palcon Systems team. We look forward to seeing this project through with them, and to collaborating on other projects in the future."
George Paxos, Owner, Primo Produce
"We have worked with Brian on several expansion and line layout projects over the last 4 years. Brian has been there for us during periods of tremendous growth and has consistently helped deliver solutions that have increased operational efficiency, quality, food safety, and profitability. Brian has become an invaluable member of our team who consistently delivers solutions."
Kevin Whitehurst & Austin Fleming, Owners, Royal Fresh Cuts
"I met Brian 18 months ago as part of a project to develop a new “Fresh Cut Produce” processing facility in western part of New York State. It was my job to work as the New York liaison for Brian introducing him to the various different stakeholders involved in the project which included government officials, economic development agencies, produce farmers, food distributors and Cornell Cooperative Extension field agents. I was extremely impressed with Brian’s technical knowledge of the fresh-cut processing industry and his strong communication and engineering skills. I recently recommended Brian to Challenge Industries from Ithaca, New York who has hired Brian to design and oversee a new produce processing facility for a new “Food Hub” project in Groton, New York. I highly recommend Brian and Palcon Systems, Inc. to anyone needing expertise in this arena." Marty Broccoli, Agriculture Economic Development Specialist, Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension
"I could not have done this project without Brian's assistance. The savings Brian provided paid for his fees two fold, maybe more. The expertise provided cannot be valued monetarily. Anyone thinking of starting a food processing facility needs to work with Palcon, period. Brian walked us through every step of the way, navigating through tight budgets and aggressive timelines while delivering state of the arts results."
Steve Holzbaur, General Manager, Finger Lakes Fresh Food Hub
"While we are very happy with every member of that vast team that helped us in the construction and design of our new state-of-the-art facility, we are especially happy with the performance of Brian Hill. Brian’s help was instrumental in improving the functionality and flow in all areas of our building. His extensive knowledge of quality food processing equipment (and vendors) saved us time and money and greatly simplified our decision making process. Brian’s professionalism and vast experience makes him the perfect choice for anyone looking to rennovate, upgrade or expand in the food industry." Jorge Vazquez, CEO/Owner, Latin Specialties Produce, Inc.
“Brian is one of the most creative Operations/Production leaders I have worked with. He is a problem solver. He uses his knowledge to drive change. He works with his team members to understand yield and efficiency loss and then drive a solution to completion. His people skills are excellent. In multiple plant facilities with over 600 personnel under his direction, he knew who people were and what they did in his plants. I watched him build an incredible fresh cut vegetable facility with quality in mind each step of the way. I would highly recommend Brian for any project.”
Linda Frelka, Director Food Safety, Coca Cola Refreshments-Odwalla
"Brian was hired to create a packaging system that was unavailable in today’s marketplace. We knew what we wanted to accomplish, and Brian was able to take the project from concept to reality. What he brought to us was definitely not an “off the shelf” product. Brian’s creative ability along with his expertise in the packaging arena led us to a brilliant solution that has positively changed the course of our business." David Klein, President, Spring-Fill Industries, Inc.
“Brian played a key role in the growth and success of Redi-Cut Foods. He’s a leader that gets things done…doesn’t just talk about it. His hands-on approach and problem solving skills make him a guy you want on your team. I would highly recommend him and I will continue to use his services.” Carey Cooper, President, Danaco Solutions LLC (formerly President, Redi-Cut Foods, Inc.)
“For the past 16 years, I have worked with Brian Hill on various projects in fresh produce where he was the project manager. In all cases, the projects were completed on time and within budget. Brian brings a unique perspective to each undertaking. He has an excellent grasp of product flow, line design, layout and process integration. From incoming raw to processing, packaging and shipping, Brian has developed processes that maximize yield and improve efficiency. I always look forward to working with Brian on a project because I know I will always be satisfied with the results.” Lawford Baxter, Ph. D., President, Cut Fruit Express
“Brian has an extensive background in plant operations, from initial plant layout and conception to actual plant operations. I consider Brian to be an excellent mentor as well. Brian has helped to guide me through a number of positions, from Plant Manager to Director of Operations. I find his opinions on all aspects of Plant Layout and Operations to always be spot on.” Michael Anthony, Vice President of Manufacturing, MM 365 Food Solutions
“I have enjoyed working with Brian Hill, both as a customer and a business partner. As a customer, his extensive processing knowledge and professional demeanor made it a pleasure to work with him. After Brian started his own consulting business, I have had the privilege of working with him on various installations. Brian is innovative and thorough. Every project he oversees displays a common thread; it is very functional, works as designed, is easy to maintain, and makes good intuitive sense. I am always happy when Brian includes our equipment in his design, because I know the customer will be satisfied.” John Clement, Division Manager, North Star Engineered Products
“From my personal experience working with Brian, he offers his customers a complete understanding of the process from packaging back to the raw product infeed. He works the vendors to get the most for the customers’ money on the equipment. He runs the installs to make sure everything goes smoothly and is on-site for start up and training. He made these projects a positive experience for everyone involved.” Alan Heinzen, President, Heinzen Manufacturing
"I have had the pleasure of working with Brian Hill on numerous projects since 1990. These projects have ranged from complete new building design/installations to new line equipment implementations. In all the years we've worked together, he demonstrates extreme knowledge and the needed capability to bring the project in on time and within budget. I would highly recommend Brian to any one of our customers." Mike Meehan, President, Quality Storage Products, Inc.
“Brian is an excellent leader of people and an innovator. Having these two strengths in one person is rare. Brian through his many innovations in the pre-cut produce business improved the flow and nature of work in a difficult work environment. He was able to introduce innovative changes by being present on the floor, observing, and carefully listening to the people performing the work. Beyond his eye for innovation, Brian built trust with his managers and employees. People loved working for Brian and seeing the results of their hard work. I would highly recommend Brian.” Bill Doucette, VP of Human Resources, NES Rentals Holdings
"I worked with Brian Hill as Project Manager on three "Commercial Build-outs" for Garrett Popcorn Shops. All three of these stores were in downtown Chicago at high profile locations…Merchandise Mart, Navy Pier and 625 North Michigan Ave. All stores were opened on time and within budget. The dedication, professionalism and attention to detail that Brian brought with him to these projects is second to none!" Chuck Stull, Superintendent, Scott General Contracting
“As a client of Mr. Hill, I would like to take this opportunity to communicate the value of his services. Brian began with my company at a transitional point, whereby we were moving out of our current facility and building out a new fresh-cut processing plant. Brian came on board in the beginning stages and helped with plant design, line layout, equipment purchases and various other technical support. After the initial setup, I retained Brian for ongoing improvements to plant and line configuration. His knowledge and experience proved invaluable to my business.” Vance Jackson, President, Vegetable Fresh
“We are entrepreneurs with a plan for success in the food business. We have had several challenges taking the foods we were making by-hand and converting the process into an automated production while keeping taste and quality as our top priority. Regarding Brian Hill…he is an amazing equipment engineer and automation line producer. He is the only engineer who understood our desire to “do it ourselves and grow the dream”. Brian has gone out of his way to make sure our equipment needs are covered, but not over-covered. He has helped us make the goal real. There is no downside for someone to talk with Brian about their company growth and equipment needs. Brian gets the job done and saves us time, stress and money. If you haven’t asked Brian into your facility to help you grow your company, then you’re probably spending too much money and wasting a lot of time and effort!” Danny & Marie Lena, Owners, Papa Lena’s Healthy Foods Inc.
“Brian is and outstanding leader, mentor, and loyal person. When it comes to thinking outside the box and coming up with creative and cost effective solutions to our daily manufacturing problems, he fulfilled every need and all expectations. I learned a tremendous amount about the packaging and manufacturing industry while working directly with him.” Brian Baranski, Director of Operations, Sandwich SC dba Jimmy Johns
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