LEXINGTON, Ky. — Gray Construction, a leading design-build firm recognized for its engineering, architecture and construction expertise, has announced it has completed the first step of a long-term collaboration with SPEC Engineering, a specialty process engineering and equipment fabrication company located in Plainfield, Ill.
SPEC will become affiliated with the Gray Inc. family of companies through an initial equity investment and other capital support by Gray, with the equity stake expected to grow substantially over time.
As demand for engineering, equipment and construction services in the food and beverage sector continues to grow, Gray and SPEC’s expertise and comprehensive service offerings complement each other and elevate their presence in the market.
“Gray is excited to invest in SPEC,” said Stephen Gray, president and CEO of Gray Construction. “Together, we provide a uniquely strong solution set to meet the growing food and beverage market’s needs.”
SPEC will be celebrating 40 years of expertise in the food and beverage, bakery, nutritionals, chemical, and energy markets in 2019. Their specialized capabilities are with dry material handling systems. Past projects include: Popcorn Kitchen Improvements, Sugar Load-Out and Tote System, Fondant and Icing Kitchen, Powdered Sugar Transfer, Cellulose Processing and Paper Fiber System Design Improvement. With a large range of capabilities and past projects, SPEC is a sought-after name among food and beverage processors.
“SPEC is excited and extremely confident that the partnership with Gray will allow us to offer significant and expanded ‘best in class’ services, which our customers know and trust,” said Brian Bernard, president of SPEC Engineering. “Gray and SPEC share a culture of collaboration, quality, innovation and attention to detail that drives a passion for our customers’ continued success.”