Just south of Piedras Negras in northern Mexico is one of the largest breweries in the world. Recently acquired by Constellation Brands, the Piedras Negras brewery is a fully automated warehouse and distillery with state-of-the-art systems that is now undergoing a major expansion. To bring the project to completion is the Liebherr 1000 EC-H, the highest capacity tower crane in its class. Deployed on a job site for the first time in North America, the 1000 EC-H has a maximum capacity of 88,200 pounds (40,000kg) and a jib length of 262 feet (80m).
Contractor Ziemann International opted for the new 1000 EC-H to handle the large loads in the construction of the breweries additional tanks and warehouses. Production will increase from 10 million hectolitres to 20mhl making this brewery one of the largest. Among brands produced at the plant are Corona, Corona Light, Negra Modelo and Modelo Especial.
The automated warehouse was built by System Logistics with Sidel providing the line conveyors and robotics for packaging. Ziemann International was responsible for the design of the plant and equipment. Constellation Brands is an S&P 500 Index and Fortune 1000 company with more than 100 brands in their portfolio, sales in approximately 100 countries and operations in approximately 40 facilities.