New Belgium Brewing begins Asheville Brewery construction
“We’re excited to resume site work this November on our Asheville brewery along the French Broad River in preparation for ground-breaking and building to begin next spring.”
Contractors will focus on flood plain mitigation, erosion control and concrete removal through the end of the year. Starting in January and running through spring, operations will shift to soil mitigation, where we’ll continue to work closely with NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources following their process and regulations around brownfield remediation. Earth moving subcontractors will be hired in November and will begin trucking in dirt by early 2014 for flood plain mitigation.
Current schedule projections show the site as “pad-ready” in late spring 2014 at which time building construction will commence. It is estimated that the Asheville brewery will be ready for production in late 2015.
New Belgium anticipates hiring 50 positions prior to opening the doors in 2015 and expects to create 140 jobs at full build out between the brewery and distribution center. Many of these job openings will begin posting in mid 2015. New Belgium made its first Asheville hire this fall, bringing on board Asheville resident and engineer, Gabe Quesinberry, formerly with Mattern + Craig who will serve as Operations Support Manager.
The brewery will ultimately produce 500,000 barrels of beer per year and will feature production and packaging operations as well as a touring and tasting facility. Negotiations are moving forward to secure a second site for the distribution center as well. The distribution center will be built at the same time as the brewery. New Belgium is finalizing negotiations with the seller and will announce the site location upon completion. The distribution center will be the hub for distributing product to the east coast and will be located in an industrial area.
Updates to the community will be provided at these channels: www.NewBelgium.com/AshevilleBrewery (you’re here!) or 888-598-9552
via New Belgium Blog