Rare Breed Distilling

RARE BREED DISTILLING

Overview

  • After Campari Group purchased Wild Turkey the decided to invest $100 MM in the Lawrenceburg, KY facility in order to bring all bottling and packaging in-house once again.

Project Highlights

  • Dennis Group was responsible for the design and construction of a grassroots bottling plant for Wild Turkey at its distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. The facility was designed to produce Skyy vodka, flavored vodkas, Wild Turkey bourbon, American Honey and various specialty bourbons and featured three high-speed bottling lines with room for a future fourth line.
  • The building was constructed on a very hilly site with an excess of 25 feet elevation difference in the original topography resulting in a massive cut and fill operation; a considerable amount of blasting was needed to remove ledge.
  • The project features an outdoor tank farm for incoming spirits, capable of holding up to 300,000 gallons of product, a 15,000 SF blending room with 400,000 gallons of blending and bottling tanks and a 40,000 SF bottling hall.
  • The upstairs office core was designed with a viewing mezzanine to allow Wild Turkey to conduct visitor tours of their operation and the facility has become an important stop on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail.

 

Taylor Farms

TAYLOR FARMS

Overview

  • Taylor Farm purchased a former jams and jellies plant, which in turn had to be converted into a high-grade USDA retail processing facility.

Project Highlights

  • The project included complete demolition of an existing facility with the exception of three exterior building walls, as well as construction of a state-of-the-art refrigerated facility for the production of prepared salads and cut vegetables.
  • This design-build project was completed on a fast-track schedule in less than 9 months in spite of challenging existing site conditions which included several adjacent properties that were located in close proximity.

 

Stonewall Kitchen

STONEWALL KITCHEN

Overview

  • What started as a jams and jellies line sold at farmers markets blossomed into more than 2,000 products for specialty food purveyor Stonewall Kitchen, who needed a new facility and corporate headquarters.

Project Highlights

  • This project involved development of an historically significant 8-acre greenfield site, as well as the fast-track development of a 50,000 SF facility for the processing and packaging of gourmet foods, a distribution center, corporate headquarters and a flagship retail store.
  • Major accomplishments of the project included the fact that site was challenged by wetlands restrictions, and is located in an historic district. The 50,000 SF facility had to be designed in such a way that it appears much smaller in scale than it actually is, and reminiscent of a New England family farm rather than an industrial production facility.

 

 

 

Kellogg’s

KELLOGG’S

Overview

  • Kellogg’s Ontario facility that produced the Mini-Wheats branded cereal made a $43 MM investment to add a new cereal production line that made use of advanced food manufacturing technologies.

Project Highlights

  • Dennis Group provided complete site, facility, and process design for this expansion project at the Belleville, Ontario, Canada facility. The project included the renovation of approximately 76,000 SF of existing building shell (fit up of slabs, UG plumbing, walls, etc) to facilitate the installation of a new 30MM pound/year DX cereal line.
  • Major accomplishments include going from KAR approval  to saleable product in 11 months, all while working in an existing operating facility.
  • The project also required the removal and replacement of a 5,000 SF section of the existing buildings roof and replacement with a 100psf blast resistant roof to house the new mix room.

 

 

 

Imperial Sugar

IMPERIAL SUGAR

Overview

  • Dennis Group was brought in shortly after a catastrophic series of explosions destroyed much of Imperial Sugar’s refinery & packaging facilities. Following investigations conducted by OSHA and the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), Dennis Group was released to begin management of site/facility demolition while simultaneously planning for the design-build reconstruction of the site and facilities with “world class” vision.

Project Highlights

  • 11 months following project release and commencement of construction, key operations for Imperial Sugar were back on line.
  • Scope included 185,000 SF of new building construction plus 40,000 SF of damaged facility renovations and new production and packaging equipment.
  • 300 tons/hour of sugar was distributed via dense phase systems (with dilute phase systems for powder & starch conveyance), three large storage silos constructed & fit up, truck and rail load out reconstructed with updated technologies, and eleven high volume packaging lines (granulated, brown and powder) all with the most current NFPA, OSHA and CSB recommendations, guidelines & requirements. Extensive wet and dry dust collection systems were incorporated into the design.
  • Maintaining schedule and cost while incorporating design innovations and working around existing site constraints were major challenges overcome during this fast-track project. Once key elements of production were on line construction of facilities and installation of process equipment were performed without interruption to ongoing operations. This required close coordination with plant personnel, 24 hour per day construction activities and managing over 600 contractors per day during peak installation & commissioning periods.

 

 

Ocean Spray

OCEAN SPRAY

Overview

  • When global demand for Ocean Spray dried cranberries doubled within three years and was projected to double once again, the company made its largest capital investment in a manufacturing facility to date with a 130,000 SF expansion that doubled the plant’s size to 440,000 SF. The plant produces both sweetened dried cranberries and cranberry juice concentrates.

Project Highlights

  • The facility incorporated some of the latest technologies in energy and environmental efficiency, including a wastewater  treatment facility, energy-efficient lighting, and an expansion of a system that converts methane from the Veolia Cranberry Creek Landfill into clean energy to power the plant.
  • A new fully-racked warehouse for both ingredients and finished goods increased storage capacity. The expansion enabled the plant to produce more than 30 million pounds of sweetened dried cranberries per year.
  • Major accomplishments of the project included design and implementation of 5S standards in creating state-of-the-art maintenance shop and quality control lab spaces.

 

Ahold

AHOLD

LEED New Construction v3 Certified

Overview

  • Project involved the development of a greenfield regional meat processing and packaging facility for Ahold USA/Vantage Foods. Ahold is the parent company of Stop and Shop and Giant supermarket stores and the new facility provides fresh, case ready, meat products to these store chains through New England, Pennsylvania, and Northern Maryland.

Project Highlights

  • Dennis Group provided LEED administrative services for the project which included project credit submission, tracking, start up and commissioning, and final submission to the United States Green Building Council. Upon completion of this effort, the facility received LEED Certified status.
  • Specific technical features of the project procured, managed, and constructed by The Dennis Group include a 24,000 lbs ammonia refrigeration system with 5 compressors, approximately 65,000 SF of refrigerated meat processing space, a multi-bay receiving and shipping dock, complete ESFR sprinkler system with a fire pump, and diesel back up generator.
  • The facility also boasts a complete onsite waste water treatment facility with two lift stations.
  • Site work development included grading, storm water management, parking, and secured access, and a two story employee service area, with locker rooms, cafeteria, and office space.
  • The project is currently producing in excess of 1 million pounds of packaged meat weekly. In addition, the project team was able to pass a rigorous USDA inspection of the facility on the first attempt, which speaks to the quality of construction and attention to sanitary detail.

 

 

 
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Daisy Brand

DAISY BRAND

Overview

  • Daisy Brand is the premier manufacturer of sour cream in the United States, producing a fresh product without preservatives which is consistently voted the “best in class”. Demand for the company’s products has outstripped the capacity of their sole facility in Garland, Texas and a decision was made to construct a second manufacturing plant.

Project Highlights

  • Casa Grande, Arizona was chosen as the site of the new facility, owing to its proximity to several major dairy farms, as well as increased and for the company’s products in the southwestern U.S.
  • The new facility was constructed on a 36 acre site, formerly used to grow cotton. The building encompasses 200,000 SF (150,000 SF footprint). Provisions were made for a future addition of 20,000 SF for production of the company’s newest product, cottage cheese.

 

Folgers

FOLGERS

Overview

  • Folgers consolidated their coffee operations from Kansas City, KS and Sherman, TX to New Orleans, LA to defray shipping costs.

Project Highlights

  • This project was a consolidation and included the relocation and installation of 12 coffee roasters, 4 packaging lines and blending and grinding equipment from their Kansas City facility as well as coffee silos from a facility in Sherman, TX.
  • Areas of the existing facility were renovated to create a new plant entrance, amenities and better GMP controlled access to the operation.
  • An existing section of the facility was removed and a 140 foot tall 50,000 square foot processing tower was constructed.
  • This project included the addition of utility infrastructure (aspiration, compressed air, tower water, chilled water, and fire quenching systems), as well as a separate flavor storage building with automated delivery and cleaning systems to support the production lines.
  • Construction and installation was executed without impact to the plant’s existing operation, and the shutdown, relocation and startup of assets from the Kansas City facility was completed without impact to the supply of product to customers.

 

The J.M. Smucker Company

THE J.M. SMUCKER COMPANY

Overview

  • A new greenfield facility was built on a 35-acre site to produce The J.M. Smucker Company’s very popular thaw and serve peanut butter and jelly sandwich line.

Project Highlights

  • Speed-to-market was key to meet growing consumer demand, and this fast-track project which included a 188,000 SF bread bakery, automated sandwich assembly and packaging line, went from site design to commissioning in under 12 months.
  • The campus encompassed a 20,000 SF finished goods storage freezer, refrigerated shipping docks and 18,000 SF of office space.
  • Future expansion needs played a role in both the building design and the utility system sizing, and subsequent projects executed by Dennis Group have enlarged the footprint to 320,000 SF.