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Chicago Craft Bottling To Establish Bottling-Packaging Plant In Michigan City, Indiana

09/17/2014
Chicago Craft Bottling plans to locate its first Indiana bottling facility in Michigan City, Indiana, creating up to 35 new jobs by 2017. The Chicago, Illinois-based company will invest $910,000 to construct and equip a new 10,000 square-foot bottling and packaging plant.

The new facility, which is expected to be operational by the end of the year, will allow the company to provide bottling and co-packing services to craft and innovative beverages, including its anchor client, Crafthouse Cocktails. Chicago Craft Bottling plans to hire for approximately 10 new positions in Indiana by early November.

“Chicago Craft Bottling found the business environment in Indiana, and more specifically Michigan City, to be very receptive and conducive to the growth of our company,” said Patrick Jean-Baptiste, Managing Partner at Chicago Craft Bottling. “Additionally, the fact that Michigan City is only an hour away from Chicago makes the location as ideal as any Chicago suburb.”

Chicago Craft Bottling will produce a line of prepared cocktails, as well as lines of non-alcoholic products. Its first product and client, Crafthouse Cocktails, was founded by Charles Joly, the champion of the 2014 United States Bartender Guild World Class completion. The company uses fresh, all-natural ingredients, mimicking the best cocktails in top bars around the country. Its cocktails are sold in a number of retail locations, such as Whole Foods, Meijer and Kroger.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Chicago Craft Bottling, LLC up to $295,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company's job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. Michigan City approved additional tax abatement at the request of the Economic Development Corporation Michigan City.

“Companies like Chicago Craft Bottling save money in Indiana, from our lower tax burdens to our more affordable cost of doing business,” said Eric Doden, President of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “Those savings earn companies a competitive advantage, allowing them to reinvest in their operations. That keeps Indiana businesses growing, expanding our economy and creating more jobs for Hoosiers.”

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