Bottling line relocated to new state-of-the-art facility.
Led by Engineering Manager, Steve Galliera, and Packaging Manager, Jared Adkins, Victory’s packaging and maintenance team, as well as contract vendors, worked nearly round-the-clock, racking up 1,000 man-hours, to ensure that every part, wire and connector in the 600 foot bottling line was labeled and diagrammed before being skillfully taken apart.
“Surprisingly, one of the most difficult decisions of the project was setting a date to stop bottling and begin the dis-assembly,” explained Galliera. “We were in the midst of releasing three new brands, in addition to running the line overtime to ensure our customers had enough inventory to last them until the line is back up and running again in Parkesburg. And with spring releases just around the corner, we had to get it right.”
Ultimately, it was decided that moving the line over the holidays would have the least impact on our supply chain. Now, with the reassembly well underway in Parkesburg, more than 85% of the parts assembly has been completed and half of the wiring has been reconnected.
But there is still much to be done, including the most important step: turning it back on.
“It’s too early to say for sure, but properly integrating the new and old control mechanisms so that they to communicate with each other is going to be the next challenging and critical phase of this project,” Galliera continued. “With approximately 45,000 feet of wire to run and reconnect before we can fire the line back up and start bottling, there is still a lot to be done and tested before I’ll sleep well again.”
Although the bottling line has moved, Downingtown will continue to operate as a production brewery as well, in addition to housing the Victory’s kegging line.
And despite the pressure of an impending deadline with spring brands launching in February, Galliera concluded: “We’ll get it done and get it done right. If there is any team that can, it’s our team.”