Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits brewing up $48 Million operation, 178 jobs in Botetourt County

DALEVILLE, Va. — Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits, the 11th largest craft brewer in the United States in 2015, will invest about $48 million to establish an East Coast brewing operation in Botetourt County. The company has agreed to purchase the 259,040 sq. ft. Lawrence Companies building located on International Parkway in Botetourt Center at Greenfield where it plans to create 178 jobs in manufacturing and retail operations.

PHOTO: The Roanoke Regional Partnership worked with Virginia officials to help Ballast Point establish an East Coast operation in Botetourt County. From left: Todd Haymore, secretary of Agriculture and Forestry; Ann Blair Miller, Roanoke Regional Partnership director of project management; Jen White and Jack White, Ballast Point founder; Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe; Jim Buechler, BP president and CEO; Julie Buechler, BP general council; Earl Kight, BP chief commercial officer; and Dan Gunderson, VEDP interim president and CEO. (Credit: VEDP; photo taken at Craft Brewers Conference, Philadelphia, May 2016).

San Diego-based Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits was started in 1996 by a small group of home brewers. Today, the company is one of the fastest growing craft beer companies in the United States and a recognized innovator in craft brewing and spirits. Ballast Point employs more than 500 at four facilities in the San Diego, CA area and sells its beer in more than 30 states. It operates as a stand-alone company after its acquisition in 2015 by Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B).

“In our quest to provide the best quality, freshest beer to all of our customers, an East Coast brewery started to make a lot of sense to us,” said Ballast Point founder Jack White. “We are excited by the opportunity we see in Botetourt County, and we’re looking forward to getting to know the local community as we get established there.”

“We are able to welcome Ballast Point to Botetourt County because of the decision by the Board of Supervisors in 2015 to join the Western Virginia Water Authority. Without that partnership, we would not have been able to provide the quantity and quality of water demanded by this project,” said Botetourt County Board of Supervisors Chair Jack Leffel. “This is another example of bold decisions, such as the development of Greenfield, that pay long-term dividends to the county and its residents.”

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