Buffalo Trace Distillery
State-of-the-Art Distribution Facility.
Buffalo Trace Distillery has been making whiskey for more than 200 years, earning it the reputation of being the oldest continuously operating distillery in America. Sazerac, the parent company of Buffalo Trace, and Gray have partnered on multiple projects including the Buffalo Trace Distillery Bottling Facility & Warehouse and Buffalo Trace Distillery Mash House. This project for the partners involved the design and build of a new 84,267 s.f. distribution facility for Buffalo Trace Distillery.
- LocationFrankfort, KY
- Square Footage84,267 s.f.
- Operational12 months
The new warehouse features a state-of-the-art automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) that uses satellite technology to store pallets in multiple deep storage lanes. The Sazerac Company is the first spirits supplier in the U.S. to use AS/RS technology on this project and the Glenmore Distillery, another Gray project.
Due to the distillery’s status as a National Historic Landmark, the company invested additional funds to ensure the new architectural features would appropriately match the 224-year-old appearance.
Process & Packaging Systems Engineering
Automation & Controls
Custom equipment Ovens & cookers Process skids Batching equipment Clean-in-place systems Bioreactors Extruders Distributed products Mixers & blenders
The mash house is the heart of the bourbon process; the place where the cooking of the grains takes place and the “bourbon” begins to take shape. After nearly 75 years since it was built, Buffalo Trace Distillery determined its original mash house needed a renovation.
Buffalo Trace Distillery has been making whiskey for more than 200 years, making it the oldest continuously operating distillery in America. Sazerac, the parent company of Buffalo Trace, and Gray have partnered on multiple projects including a new distribution warehouse facility for Buffalo Trace Distillery and Buffalo Trace Distillery Mash House. In order to accommodate more visitors and future growth in the company, Buffalo Trace selected Gray to expand and relocate the existing bottling hall to another area on its campus.