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Franklin, Ky.
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When German-owned Fritz Winter North America LP needed a new headquarters in the United States, the company called on Gray Construction to design and build its facility. Featuring a foundry and mechanical machining building, the 340,713 s.f. facility manufactures disc brake rotors for leading automakers in the Midwest and Southwest. Fritz Winter is one of the leading companies in the production of cast iron engine blocks and heads, brake rotors and drums, flywheels and hydraulic housings. Some of the largest tilt wall concrete panels in the region were installed in the high bay area, standing 70 feet tall and weighing more than 175,000 lbs.

Project Facts

  • Total area: 340,713 s.f.
    • Foundry: 215,991 s.f.
    • Mechanical Machining Building: 124,722 s.f. 
  • Building features:
    • Floor construction in the foundry consists of 6", 10", 12", 16" concrete reinforced slabs with a double mat of #4, 5 and 6 steel reinforced bars; the machining building features 8" and 10" slabs with #4 steel reinforcing bars.
    • Wall construction features single skin metal wall panels with insulation on one wall of the machine building; 10"-14" tilt up concrete wall panels.
    • Notable building installations within the foundry include pouring and melting furnace pits, cooling conveying system and tunnel, sand tower system and overhead cranes. 
  • The decision to build in Kentucky was made due to the state's close proximity to Fritz Winter customers, availability of highly-skilled workers and onsite infrastructure. 
  • Phase 1 of the facility represents an investment of more than $100 million and created over 200 jobs in the area. 
  • 12-month schedule
  • Facility produces more than 60,000 metric tons of ferrous parts annually


Services Provided by Gray:

  • Site Selection
  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Permit Procurement
  • Structural Engineering