CANAL WINCHESTER, Ohio (WCMH) The City of Canal Winchester formally announced that Scottish craft brewery BrewDog will build its North American headquarters on Gender Road, according to a press release.
BrewDog’s investment in the brewing facility in the Columbus Region will total $30.4million, including the construction of a 100,000 square foot facility in Canal Winchester, to be completed by August 2016.
The project will initially create 115 new living wage jobs, the release states. Noting the site’s existing utility offerings and location, BrewDog plans the Canal Winchester facility to be the main brewing site for all BrewDog USA beer production and will offer a restaurant, taproom and visitor center on-site.
The brewery, after revealing preliminary plans for its U.S. expansion earlier this month, received unprecedented response.
“The people of Ohio have absolutely bowled us over with their enthusiasm, passion for beer and warm welcome! Their reaction has been incredible, and confirms we have made the right choice with where we’ll lay the foundations for our American home,” said James Watt, cofounder of BrewDog.
Canal Winchester Mayor Michael Ebert said residents have been excited about the plans.
“We look forward to working with them and are very happy they chose Canal Winchester as their U.S. headquarters and their first production facility in the U.S.,” he said. “This project is not only a great manufacturing project for our community, but also will prove to be a major draw for tourism that will benefit the entire region.”
The City of Canal Winchester will support the project with a 15 year, 100 percent property tax exemption on the value of the building improvements, an incentive worth an estimated $2,700,000 over the 15 year term. Canal Winchester will also waive more than $325,000 in utility capacity and building permit fees to support this significant job creation and investment in the community.
Economic development partners in the project include City of Canal Winchester, Columbus 2020, and JobsOhio. The launch of BrewDog USA will initially serve the U.S. market with potential to export to other countries, producing more than 85,200 barrels in its first year of production, and increasing capacity in coming years to reach 852,000 barrels. Hiring for the brewery’s USA site will begin in 2016 and will include positions in production, sales and management.
BrewDog has become the UK’s fastest-growing food & drinks brand, opening 28 bars worldwide since 2010, now exporting to 55 countries and employing more than 365 staff. It announced its sixth consecutive year of record growth earlier this year, having increased its annual turnover by a whopping 63 percent.