COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Company (CSBC), the #1 producer of exclusive beer and craft beer brands for major retailers throughout the world, is pleased to recognize Brian Topp, Maintenance Planner for 13 years of outstanding work in maintenance at CSBC facilities.
Topp began working as a Line Maintenance Technician for CSBC in 2004, after graduating from Alexandria Technical College and working for Douglas Machine in Alexandria. Topp’s background in automation in a production environment has made him a valuable addition to CSBC’s team. As Maintenance Planner, Topp wears many hats. He coordinates work for the maintenance staff, handles quotes for work and equipment and keeps CSBC running as smoothly as possible.
“My goal every day is to eliminate production downtime. I like to keep everything running smoothly,” said Topp. “Our facility runs 24 hours a day, 5 days a week. Our operations are highly efficient, and we’re always improving.” Topp has extensive experience working directly with production equipment, and he enjoys teaching, coaching and sharing his knowledge with the rest of the maintenance team. They’re a tight-knit group of hard working craft beer enthusiasts. “We all enjoy taste testing new brews when we’re off the clock! Keeping up with the industry is a fun part of working at CSBC.”
The role of Maintenance Planner for a large-scale production facility is never dull. Between scheduled downtime for preventative maintenance and unexpected events, Topp’s team keeps busy. Quick power outages can wreak havoc on processing equipment, and with the extremely windy conditions experienced by most of Minnesota in March, it was a busy month for Topp. “My top priority is to keep our equipment running without ever having unscheduled breakdowns,” said Topp.
Last year, CSBC produced over 26 million cases of product, and is positioned to increase output in 2017. With a 300,000-square-foot expansion in the works, a maintenance planner’s job never ends. “The expansion will certainly increase our workload, which is exciting. We’ll install state-of-the-art equipment to maximize efficiency in the new facility,” continued Topp. “There are a lot of opportunities to increase automation. We’re looking forward to producing more than ever before.”
CSBC is a state-of-the-art brewery and beverage product developer and producer that includes Third Street Brewhouse and Monarch Custom Beverages.
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