FRANKSVILLE, WI — W.M. Sprinkman Corporation (Sprinkman) and Wabash National Corporation’s (NYSE: WNC) Walker Engineered Products 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. During that same period, the number of craft breweries grew from 2,863 to 3,418 for a 19 percent increase.
Sprinkman and Wabash National 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.
“The demands for our equipment and services to the craft beer segment have 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.”
Wabash National’s Walker Engineered Products has on occasion 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.