Wabash National Corporation and W.M. Sprinkman Corporation Building Equipment for the Craft Beer Market
Two leading stainless steel processing equipment manufacturers collaborate to serve a growing number of craft brewers
LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Feb. 23, 2016 — Wabash National Corporation’s (NYSE: WNC) Walker Engineered Products and W.M. Sprinkman Corporation are combining their expertise in stainless steel processing equipment to collaborate on building equipment for craft brewers, a growing segment in the U.S. beer market.
According to the Brewers Association, a trade group for craft brewers, the craft beer segment grew 18 percent by sales volume from 2013 to 2014, and craft brewers made up 11 percent of U.S. beer market sales in 2014.
Wabash National and Sprinkman entered into an agreement in February 2016 to serve a wide variety of craft brewers and allow Sprinkman to meet the growing nationwide demand for their custom brewing systems.
“We’re excited to work with W.M. Sprinkman as they expand their focus on designing brewing equipment for customers in the craft beer market,” said Dave Nick, vice president and general manager of Wabash National’s Process Systems business. “With manufacturing facilities in New Lisbon and Elroy, Wisconsin, as well as other locations worldwide, we have the capacity to help other manufacturers serve customers in growing markets.”
Wabash National’s Walker Engineered Products has occasionally built stainless steel vessels for Sprinkman for more than 20 years, including fermenters, silos, water tanks, cold storage tanks, and others for dairy, food and beverage, which includes the brewing industry.
“The demand for our equipment and services to the craft beer segment has increased faster than we can increase capacity,” said Brian Sprinkman, president of W.M. Sprinkman Corporation. “This partnership with Walker Engineered Products allows us to increase our capabilities and capacity immediately. Their proximity to our location allows us to collaborate and sustain the quality that our customers have come to expect. It’s really a great opportunity for both organizations.”
Walker Engineered Products provides a full range of high value, high-quality stainless steel process tanks, storage vessels, silo tanks, and stainless steel custom fabrications for the food, beverage, dairy, pharmaceutical, fine chemicals and personal care industries.
W.M. Sprinkman is a family-owned company providing high-quality stainless steel process systems and tanks to the sanitary food and beverage markets. It specializes in engineering, building, installing, and servicing the total process systems for customers in the dairy processing, food and beverage processing, and craft brewing markets.
For more information about Wabash National’s Walker Engineered Products stainless steel vessels, please visit walkerep.com. For more about W.M. Sprinkman Corporation, please visit sprinkman.com.
About Wabash National Corporation
Headquartered in Lafayette, Indiana, Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC) is a diversified industrial manufacturer and North America’s leading producer of semi-trailers and liquid transportation systems. Established in 1985, the company manufactures a diverse range of products including: dry freight and refrigerated trailers, platform trailers, bulk tank trailers, dry and refrigerated truck bodies, truck-mounted tanks, intermodal equipment, aircraft refueling equipment, structural composite panels and products, trailer aerodynamic solutions, and specialty food grade and pharmaceutical equipment. Its innovative products are sold under the following brand names: Wabash National®, Beall®, Benson®, Brenner® Tank, Bulk Tank International, DuraPlate®, Extract Technology®, Garsite, Progress Tank, Transcraft®, Walker Barrier Systems, Walker Engineered Products, and Walker Transport. Visit www.wabashnational.com to learn more.
About W.M. Sprinkman Corporation
W.M. Sprinkman Corporation was founded by Walter Mendenhall Sprinkman in 1929 and is headquartered near Milwaukee in Franksville, Wisconsin, with a manufacturing facility in Elroy, Wisconsin. Sprinkman specializes in stainless steel sanitary process system engineering, manufacturing and field services for Food and Beverage Processing, Dairy Processing and Craft Brewing (Sprinkman Brewing Systems). W.M. Sprinkman is a proud member of the Food Industry Suppliers Association (FISA), Midwest Food Processors Association (MWFPA) and The Brewers Association. For more information, visit www.sprinkman.com or contact W.M. Sprinkman Corporation at 414-325-2100.