Facility Tours

Two sets of guided facility tours give attendees the chance to get up close and personal with membrane equipment and processes. Each tour will have its own bus and unique facility stops.



University of Minnesota
Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition
St. Paul, MN


The Joseph J. Warthesen Food Processing Center (pilot plant), provides the University of Minnesota with excellent food product research and teaching facilities. The primary goal of the center is to provide a teaching and research infrastructure for the department, and to provide our students with the ability to work and conduct research in an operating production facility. The facility is available to industry to provide process and product development support. Additionally, it can provide a vital resource for food companies that are just starting up, or are evaluating new process and product lines. The use of the facility by industry partners provides opportunities for our students, as well as much needed revenue for maintenance and acquisition of equipment. The facility is inspected by the State of Minnesota and is certified as a Grade B dairy plant and food production facility. The Center includes specialized equipment in the areas of dairy and cheese processing, twin-screw extrusion, aseptic/ESL processing, and various concentration operations (membrane processing, spray and fluidized-bed drying, centrifugation).

GEA North America
Hudson, WI


During the facility tour, participants will rotate through three stations which will include:

  • Introduction to GEA
    Participants will be provided with an overview of the GEA Group including business areas, company structure, key technologies, and core competencies.
  • Workshop Facility
    Participants will see industrial process plants in various stages of manufacturing and assembly. Plants may include large scale assemblies and complete skid assembled unit operations, such as spray dryers, fluid bed dryers, evaporators, membrane filtration plants and breweries.
  • Pilot Plant Test Area
    Participants will see a variety of membrane filtration pilot plants of various scales and membrane configurations and will be provided an introduction and short demonstration to pilot testing and commercial process scale-up and design.


Ecolab Schuman Research & Development Center
Eagan, MN


Ecolab Schuman Research & Development Center is located in Eagan, MN. This campus also serves as Center-Of-Excellence (COE) for Clean-in-Place (CIP) technologies focusing on cutting edge innovation in the field of CIP. In addition to Research and Development, the Schuman Center also offers in-house capabilities for analytical and microbiology testing, and customer training.

During the tour, participants will have an opportunity to walk through Ecolab’s membrane lab and get an early peek at some of Ecolab’s newest membrane innovations. Ecolab experts will accompany you throughout the tour to further discuss insights into membranes and supporting technical services.

SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions
Minnetonka, MN

SUEZ Water Technologies

SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions’ Minnetonka facility manufactures a wide range of technologies and equipment for dairy, food, and beverage customers, as well as products that serve other markets such as power, mining, municipal, and general industrial. The tour will focus on production of membrane elements, with stops showcasing our membrane casting and element finishing capabilities. The tour will also highlight our equipment fabrication, including a tour stop overlooking one of the industries’ largest membrane equipment production areas.


*Tour space is limited and additional fees apply. You must be a paid registrant to attend facility tours. No cross stops are allowed. If you are a direct competitor with one of the three companies on a particular tour, please do not sign up for that tour as each facility will have the opportunity to view the tour attendee list in advance and you may be asked to not attend.