Derek Bickerton
Derek Bickerton
General Manager

Derek has over eight years experience in the construction field. His responsibilities include construction and design scheduling and coordination, material procurement, project estimation, subcontractor hiring and ensuring that construction quality, safety and progress proceed according to the owner’s requirements.  He has worked on international projects for Heinz in Shanghai, China, and numerous projects in the United Arab Emirates including Jebel Ali, Jumeirah Lake Towers, and Limitless Modular Chiller Plant.


4 Ways Site Location Can Affect Construction Costs

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Building anything right now can be daunting and expensive, much less a large industrial facility. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the cost of construction materials has skyrocketed, labor is scarce and demand is surging. But that doesn’t mean the food supply chain can stop.

Food manufacturers and distributors still have customers to serve — and, for some, that still means investing in a new facility. At a time when construction costs are high, a company might make up for it in savings by reconsidering where the facility is built.


Four Things You Need to Know About the Permitting Process in China

Doing Business in China Series

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Construction Workers Original -permitSuccessful U.S. businesses in China know one thing: building relationships with Chinese officials is the key to effectively establishing, running and managing a business. Especially when obtaining the necessary permits and approvals for a new food processing plant – which can be a lengthy and frustrating process – it’s imperative to play by a few key rules to ensure a smoother permitting process.