Piedras Negras Brewery

Piedras Negras Brewery


Ziemann International GmbH


Liebherr 1000 EC-H 40


Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico

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.

Fab D1X Expansion



Liebherr 630 EC-H 20 Litronic
Liebherr 316 EC-H 12 Litronic
Liebherr 100 LC
Alimak FC 7100-12D


Hillsboro, Oregon, USA

With hyper-demand for mobile devices increasing daily, the world’s leading manufacturer of microchips has embarked on an estimated $6 billion expansion of their Hillsboro campus. This expansion centers around the D1X research factory which will house the state-of-the-art equipment used in the manufacturing of ever smaller chips in mobile computing. To meet their 2015 production start date, several Portland-area construction contractors turned to Morrow to handle both phases of development.

Hoffman Construction Company worked with Morrow Engineer, Daryl Hicks, to help coordinate placement of their five Liebherr 630 EC-H 20 Litronic cranes. With these five Morrow-supplied cranes, Hoffman was uniquely challenged with application and deployment of their equipment.

Morrow Engineering Project Manager, Daryl Hicks collaborated with Hoffman Construction on the project.

“The hardest challenge was finding configurations that would allow all of the cranes to clear the buildings as well as provide adequate crane to crane clearance,” explains Daryl. “Hoffman required a 20 foot minimum vertical clearance between cranes. Application planning took a number of iterations before project requirements were satisfied.”

Howard S. Wright Constructors used a 630 EC-H 20 Litronic along with a 316 EC-H 12 Litronic to complete their area of the site. These cranes, together with an Alimak FC 7100-12D construction hoist, provided an efficient means to deliver materials and personnel. Turner Construction will also employ this strategy of coordinated crane and hoist delivery vectors. Together with a Liebherr 100 LC, used by Ness & Campbell Crane, will make for a concerted effort unprecedented in scale for private industry in the Pacific Northwest.