Serpe & Sons Bakery
After a serious fire in December 2015 the bakery had to rebuild the roof structure, as well as the entire utility supply infrastructure (water, gas, steam and electricity) along with replacing several pieces of equipment that were damaged. Reopening took place in late 2016 after being renovated on the same footprint. In the past Serpe’s Bakery was operating with two old steam boilers that were manually operated. One of them was damaged beyond repair during the fire. The second boiler has been retained as a backup to the CERTUSS equipment. The bakery is in operation 7 days a week for 16 hours a day. The steam serves mainly the bread proofing and baking operations with the option for cleaning/sanitizing applications in the future.
Serpe & Sons Bakery produces Italian savory breads, rye and rolls; custom cakes for all occasions, cookies, donuts, muffins, pies, Italian and Greek pastries.
1 Junior TC 400 natural gas with 26 BHP along with a CERTUSS Supply Unit CVE (ready provided for a further expansion with a second Junior TC 400 with 26 BHP).
In August 2016 CERTUSS America were invited to tender for a project supplied through their local Sales & Service Partner J. Lorber Company Inc.
The details of the scope of supply and commissioning concerned the replacement of the two old steam boilers, manually operated, one of which was completely damaged at the fire which had hit the bakery in December 2015 and had to be replaced after rebuilding of roof and utility supply infrastructure. Reopening was planned for late 2016 on the same footprint.
The equipment, of natural gas fuel supply and with a steam production requirement of 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, serves mainly the bread proofing and baking operations. The complete equipment is in a line, with space allotted for the second generator, to be installed in the future allowing expansion of applications (cleaning/sterilizing) as well as of the production capacity.
CERTUSS supported not only their local partner J.Lorber Company Inc with offering the right features and options for the application and the future plans of Serpe, but also the Plumbing, Heating, Electrical and Boiler Contractors Charles S. Reskovitz who, with their long experience and know-how, have been responsible for the installation and remain the primary repair company of Serpe in the future.
As Mr. Joe Simeone, Quality Assurance Consultant of Serpe’s explains, “We like the automated features of the system as there is very little manual intervention required. The old boiler was operated manually and that caused inconsistencies with our final product. We are also grateful that you provided a transformer to step down the 480V standard configuration to a 240V configuration. The automation features were a selling point along with the warranty and your training of Charles S Reskovitz as our primary repair company. The ability for you to remotely monitor operation from your headquarters was also a key selling point. The fact that we eliminated all repair work to the existing steam boiler will offset some of the capital costs of purchasing a new system.”.
Does the result pay off for their decision? The first feedback of Mr. Simeone was, “The exterior surface of the bread is very consistent and the crust is better than with the old steam boiler.” You may check it for yourselves – 7 days a week, fresh baked each and every day, with the old well-known and much beloved traditional Serpe’s recipes and the high-quality, consistent, reliable CERTUSS steam.
Serpe & Sons Bakery was established in 1952 in Wilmington Delaware by Domenico and Lucille Serpe. The small bakery started producing bread and rolls and later added cakes, cinnamon buns, and tomato pie with all family helping with baking and delivering to local restaurants with its single truck.
By 1964, the bakery had outgrown its location on Madison Street and moved to their current location at 1411 Kirkwood Highway. The move made it possible to use more advanced equipment and offer an increased variety of products. After Domenico and Lucille passed away, the business was passed down to four of their sons.
The fire that hit the bakery on Dec 24, 2015, right after the bakery closed for the holiday, damaged the roof and most of the equipment, closed the entire business and put 46 people out of work. After 10 months of construction the bakery reopened, featuring not only the old beloved products and recipes, but also new utility supply infrastructure, modern automatic equipment and sale concepts.
Today, Serpe & Sons Bakery has 3 ovens that run nonstop and 5 trucks that deliver all over New Castle County and on into some parts of Pennsylvania and Maryland. The Serpe family is proud to have been in business for 65 years, and to have had the support that the entire community has given them.