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Gray Construction Joins Forces with SPEC Engineering to Bolster Food & Beverage Sector

Gray Construction, a leading design-build firm recognized for its engineering, architecture and construction expertise, is excited to announce it has completed the first step of a long-term collaboration with SPEC Engineering, a specialty process engineering and equipment fabrication company located in Plainfield, Illinois. SPEC is becoming affiliated with the Gray, Inc. family of companies through an initial equity investment and other capital support by Gray, with the equity stake expected to grow substantially over time.

As demand for engineering, equipment and construction services in the food and beverage sector continues to grow, Gray and SPEC’s expertise and comprehensive service offerings complement each other and elevate their presence in the market.


“Gray is excited to invest in SPEC,” said Stephen Gray, president and CEO of Gray Construction. “Together, we provide a uniquely strong solution set to meet the growing food and beverage market’s needs.”


SPEC will be celebrating 40 years of expertise in the food and beverage, bakery, nutritionals, chemical, and energy markets in 2019. Their specialized capabilities are with dry material handling systems. Past projects include: Popcorn Kitchen Improvements, Sugar Load-Out and Tote System, Fondant and Icing Kitchen, Powdered Sugar Transfer, Cellulose Processing, and Paper Fiber System Design Improvement. With a large range of capabilities and past projects, SPEC is a sought-after name among food and beverage processors.


“SPEC is excited and extremely confident that the partnership with Gray will allow us to offer significant and expanded ‘best in class’ services, which our customers know and trust,” said Brian Bernard, president of SPEC Engineering. “Gray and SPEC share a culture of collaboration, quality, innovation and attention to detail that drives a passion for our customers’ continued success.”


About Gray Construction


Gray Construction is a nationally ranked engineering, architecture and construction firm with nearly 60 years of experience in food and beverage, manufacturing, automotive, distribution and retail facility construction. Currently, Gray has several large projects that are under way or recently completed including: custom-fitted NorthStar® Kitchens for Champion in Alberta, Canada; a fresh pork processing facility in Coldwater, Mich., for Clemens Food Group, recognized as a Manufacturing Innovation award winner by ProFood World Magazine; a state-of-the-art facility for Kraft Heinz in Davenport, Iowa, named Food Engineering Magazine’s 2018 Plant of the Year; an award-winning bakery for Mondelēz International’s Enjoy Life Foods in Jeffersonville, Ind.; and a snack food manufacturing facility for More Than A Bakery in Versailles, Ky.


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About SPEC Engineering


Located in Plainfield, Illinois, USA, SPEC Engineering is a full-service process engineering firm, providing the latest in technology. SPEC provides custom process skid systems, upgrades and expands line components, and offers complete plant design and implementation. Since 1979, SPEC has been serving the bulk material processing and handling needs of customers in the food and specialty chemical industries by offering complete turnkey solutions. Starting with the engineering department, all systems are first designed with 3D drawings, then the assembly department fully assembles system in-house first for FAT testing, lastly the implementation department provides installation and start-up support services on-site at our customer’s location.


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"Gray and SPEC share a culture of collaboration, quality, innovation and attention to detail that drives a passion for our customers’ continued success."
Brian Bernard, President

Spec Engineering

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