Rare Breed Distilling



  • 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.




Project Highlights

Dennis Group has a long-standing history working with Diageo in a variety of capacities. This project included:

    • Miscellaneous interior renovations to the existing facility
    • Raw material receipt – upgrade of existing rail car unloading and relocation of tanker truck unloading
    • Raw material storage – addition of two 10,000 gallon storage tanks
    • Vodka processing system – 32 gallons per minute, 11-charcoal tank filtration system, automatic batch blending system
    • New gin and flavored vodka processing systems
    • Finished spirits distribution system
    • Water treatment (RO) system
    • Compressed air system relocation and extension
    • Utility support for upgraded bottling lines as well as a new bottling line


Ocean Spray



  • 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.



Fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, juices, bottled water, carbonated drinks, ready-to-drink teas and coffee, beer, wine, spirits – the variety of beverages continues to proliferate and grow. And beverage producers must provide a consistent quality product, all while maintaining profit margins.

Our clients have grown – one longtime craft brewing partner recently topped 4.1 million barrels per year – and we’ve grown with them, developing the infrastructure and equipment they need to meet burgeoning and changing demand.

Some of our work has included:

  • Raw materials receipt and bulk storage
  • Malting, milling, mashing, fermentation, chillproofing, filtration, pasteurization
  • Blending / batch processing
  • Fruit extraction and concentration
  • Aseptic filling
  • Clean in Place (CIP) systems
  • Refrigeration
  • Storage vats and tanks
  • Automation and controls
  • Material handling /  palletizing
  • Packaging
  • Bottle making / blow molding / injection molding