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Gund Brewing Company Bottling Works (G. Tipler photo, 2008)

Gund Brewing Company Bottling Works (G. Tipler photo, 2008)

Gund Brewing Company Bottling Works (G. Tipler photo, 2008)

Gund Brewing Company Bottling Works (G. Tipler photo, 2008)

Gund Brewing Company Bottling Works
2130 South Avenue, La Crosse, La Crosse County
Architect: Louis Lehle
Date of construction: 1903

The Gund Brewing Company Bottling Works was at the forefront of modernization of the beer bottling industry. Designed by Louis Lehle, one of the nation's leading brewery architects, the facility had a high level of order and organization of equipment in the bottling line that was based on production standards permitted by electrification. Earlier systems of operation were limited by organization around a central steam-driven, belt-driven power source. Substantially increased mechanization of the bottling process was the result of the development of machinery that replaced the handwork that was labor intensive and imperfect.

Machinery installed in the Gund Bottling Works included the National bottle soaker, the first such installation manufactured by the Barry-Wehmiller Machinery Company of St. Louis. It was one of the principal machines that ensured perfectly clean bottles. This, along with pasteurizing machines, ensured a high quality product and shelf life. The Gund Bottling Works operation was ahead of its peers, and in league with the giants in the industry. The modern bottling line enabled Gund to become a leader in producing and maintaining high-quality beer that had a dependable shelf life for broad distribution to markets internationally.

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