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2023 Region VII CRC Technical Session
Bourbon Engineered: Engineering The Rabbit Hole Distillery 
Three aspects of engineering the Rabbit Hole Distillery
Friday – July 28, 2023 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Seelbach Hilton in Louisville, KY
Grand Ballroom East
(Updated May 9, 2023)

PRESIDENT and CEO of ECT Services


Temperature and Humidity Controls for a Distillery Showplace


While the plan and spec world looks to provide a common set of requirements for a given project at the lowest price, the customer/owner wants to deliver a world class experience at the best value.  In this presentation we explore the unique challenges of delivering an excellent solution for a world class location in a high humidity, open environment.

Jeff Murphy is the President and CEO of ECT Services, Inc. a building technology firm which provides the integration of climate control, security, intrusion, fire, intercom and active shooter detection systems for commercial buildings.  The company’s focus is to increase revenue and decrease costs for Customers by making buildings sustainable, maintainable, energy efficient and safe through design, development, installation, integration and service.

Through the controls division of ECT Services and related products, Mr. Murphy and his Team have been involved in a magnitude of client engagements, which are impacted by unique applications requiring cooperation and coordination with owners, engineers, architects, and various contractors.  One such challenging application was the Rabbit Hole Distillery.  The owner wanted to provide a unique, up close and intimate experience for the visitors to feel the inner workings of their distillery by utilizing glass and an open environment, creating a problematic controls environment.

Mr. Murphy brings a unique combination of technical and business knowledge expertise as a strategic, competitive, dynamic leader and speaker.  He is extremely Customer and Team Member focused and provides tremendous energy to solve business problems.  He enjoys helping Customers and Team Members achieve their desires with a passion for strategic planning and setting a vision for the future.  He has enjoyed over thirty (35) years of experience in leadership, sales, training, process control, building controls, and security systems related to industry markets such as K-12, Higher Education, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Logistics, Industrial and Government.

Outside Sales at Blackmore and Glunt Inc. 


Applications for Hot Water & Steam Boilers in Distilleries


Discuss the differences between Condensing Hot Water Boilers and Steam Boilers.  Dive into Materials of Construction, Design, and Applications for each.  Discuss the layout and design of the hot water plant in Rabbit Hole Distillery.

Kyle joined Blackmore and Glunt in 2005 as an outside salesperson. Kyle earned his degree in 2005 in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri – Rolla (now Missouri S&T), and is a past president of the Louisville Chapter of ASHRAE. Kyle is currently covering central Kentucky including Louisville, Elizabethtown and Bowling Green. Kyle also has accounts in the Cincinnati & Dayton market.  Blackmore and Glunt helped Luckett & Farley with the design of the hot plant, including boilers, pumps and other hydronics.

Mechanical Engineer at Luckett & Farley 




A presentation on the code, process, and safety implications of distillery design. Examples from Rabbit Hole and other distilleries will be presented.


David is a 2009 graduate (M.Eng.) of the University of Louisville. He joined Luckett & Farley in 2014 after spending 5 years in the renewable energy industry and works in their Distilled Spirits Design Studio. David is also a past president of the Louisville ASHRAE chapter.

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