Expansion draws interest from Belgian giant
By 2014, news of Boulevard’s success drew the attention of a Belgian icon of John’s -- Duvel Moortgat. It was a proud moment when the legendary company invited Boulevard to join the Duvel Moortgat family.
Brewing more beer meant another expansion, and a need for more steam. Given the problems with the last boiler, this time the plant engineer took a tip from Duvel, who had exceptional experience with Clayton’s line of steam generators.
“We won round two – and once customers understand the Clayton advantages, they keep coming back,” Mark said
He explained: “Boulevard chose our SEG504-1, a 500 BHP design that has one third the footprint of their previous 400 BHP boiler. Clayton’s steam generators are a once through, forced water flow design that combines a steel helical coil heat exchanger, a positive displacement feedwater pump and a mechanical steam separator to produce steam on demand. It takes very little time to heat just the water you’re going to use – typically 15 minutes maximum, so it’s a rapid start up, and far more fuel efficient, too. And it’s safe – there’s no chance of a steam explosion.”
Dali worked with an outside brewery equipment manufacturer on Boulevard’s first expansion, which earned him an invitation to join the company the following year. During the second expansion he was on the team that brought the new Clayton online.
“My old boss decided we would give Clayton a shot. From purchase order to installation took 16 weeks. Once we installed it; it came on, no issues,” said Dali. “It’s a good team, Clayton. They didn’t just make the sale and move on. They’re responsive. ‘You’re our priority,’ they told us, and we were. That really matters.” That promise was tested. “After startup we developed a strange issue,” Dali said. “That’s when we got a call from Mr. John Clayton – the owner of the company! He worked with us to diagnose the problem, we implemented his changes and now everything works perfectly. We loved the customer service, of course,” he said. “It was fantastic!”