Bottling Line Moves to Parkesburg

Bottling line relocated to new state-of-the-art facility.

On December 11, our brewery team began the complicated but critical task of carefully disconnecting and moving our bottling line from our Downingtown brewery, to our Parkesburg brewery. Bottling line photos for cover story2

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.”

Bottling line photos for cover story

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.”

9 Responses to Bottling Line Moves to Parkesburg

  1. PFM January 28, 2014 at 4:07 PM #

    Does this mean we may see that elusive Dirt Wolf soon?

    • Victory Brewing Company January 29, 2014 at 8:53 AM #

      Precisely.

  2. Dianne February 11, 2014 at 6:05 PM #

    Will you also have a Resturant in Parkesburg?

  3. Chris February 19, 2014 at 11:46 AM #

    Hey guys, new facility looks great. Just wanted to let you know that Universal Packaging does make customer made Ultra speed filling valves and other parts for the beverage industry, we might be able to help you make up for some of that down time by speeding up you fill, plus save you money too. Shoot me an Email and we can see just how much we can help ya out. And congrats on the stellar new facility.

  4. The Duke March 4, 2014 at 10:26 AM #

    With the expansion and the bottling line move, will we be getting St. Boisterous back in bottles anytime soon?!?! The hiatus has gone on long enough! Please for the love of beer bring it back…..PLEASE!

    • Victory Brewing Company March 4, 2014 at 11:03 AM #

      It’s definitely a possibility!

  5. Greg T March 8, 2014 at 11:13 AM #

    Is the brewpub in Parkesburg open?

  6. Nick April 30, 2014 at 9:39 PM #

    I thought Hop Devil was my favorite beer until DIRT WOLF came along. DIRT WOLF is hands down one of the best beers on the market! KEEP IT COMING!

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