Gray and T. Marzetti Celebrate Groundbreaking on Manufacturing Expansion
Gray, a fully integrated, global solutions provider for the food & beverage market, and T. Marzetti, a Lancaster Colony Company, broke ground today on a 184,500 s.f. manufacturing expansion in Horse Cave, KY. After Gray completed the design-build of T. Marzetti’s initial manufacturing operation sixteen years ago followed by an expansion and original build of Sister Schubert’s dinner roll bakery facility, the company called on Gray to deliver robust service offerings.
The T. Marzetti operation in Horse Cave manufactures salad dressings, sauces and other foods for retail and food service markets. The expansion will provide additional manufacturing space and include new equipment to increase dressing and sauce production, new processing kitchens, and several packaging lines to meet growing customer demand.
“It’s a true honor to partner with T. Marzetti as they grow their operations,” says Stephen Gray, president & CEO of Gray, Inc., the guiding company for all Gray companies. “After working with T. Marzetti for nearly 20 years, it’s rewarding to play a role in their advancement and also bring process & packaging engineering through InLine Engineers, a Gray company.”
InLine Engineers integrated a wide range of equipment and process services for the operation, including four ingredient tanks, multiple pump skids, five high-shear kitchens, one cook kitchen, two bottle fillers capable of handling up to 400 bottles per minute, a clean-in-place (CIP) system, and new capabilities for labeling, case packing, and robotic palletizing.
“It’s exciting to see T. Marzetti continuing to advance the local economy as well as food & beverage industry,” adds Brian Jones, president & CEO of Gray Construction.
“Gray has been our local design and construction partner for many years, and we’re excited to again work with their team on this expansion which represents our company’s largest capital investment to date and will create hundreds of local jobs,” said Dave Nagle, Chief Supply Chain Officer, T. Marzetti Company.
The groundbreaking ceremony included an official “turning of the dirt” on site with speakers including Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear; David Nagle, chief supply chain officer at T. Marzetti; Lisa Rathburn, vice president of engineering at T. Marzetti; Tyler Cundiff, president of Gray, Inc. Food & Beverage Group; Mayor Randall Curry, city of Horse Cave; and Joe Choate, judge executive of Hart County. Guests consisted of local government officials, partners, associates, and friends.
The expansion is expected to be complete in the summer of 2022 and will create over 200 jobs for the region.
Gray is a fully integrated, international service provider deeply rooted in engineering, design, construction, smart manufacturing, and equipment manufacturing services. Consistently ranked among the top industrial contractors in the U.S., we focus on the following markets for domestic and international customers: Food & Beverage, Manufacturing, Automotive, Distribution, Mission Critical, and Commercial.
Founded in 1960, Gray has grown to encompass a complementary family of brands designed to augment and enhance each other’s specialized capabilities without gaps or redundancies. Our robust offering—which includes strategy, operational improvements, construction, extensive engineering, automation & controls, and equipment manufacturing—enables us to create one-of-a-kind solutions at the highest levels of customization, delivering unmatched precision and partnership to some of the world’s most sophisticated organizations.
About T. Marzetti (A Lancaster Colony Company)
T. Marzetti Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lancaster Colony Corporation (NASDAQ: LANC), is a manufacturer and marketer of specialty food products for the retail and foodservice markets. Our retail brands include Marzetti®, New York Bakery™, Sister Schubert’s®, Reames®, Flatout®, Angelic Bakehouse®, and Bantam Bagels®, in addition to exclusive license agreements for Olive Garden® dressings, Chick-fil-A® sauces and Buffalo Wild Wings® sauces. Our foodservice business supplies many of the top restaurant chains in the United States.
At T. Marzetti, our mission is to be The Better Food Company: Better people, that make better products, in a better corporate culture, that work in unison to make the world a better place. Led by our purpose, To Nourish Growth with All that We Do, our more than 3,000 team members are dedicated to innovative and quality products as well as superior service and value for our customers.