Bev-Hub, a Wichita-based manufacturer, is investing more than $28 million to renovate a former brewery in Manhattan, Kansas. The project is expected to create 37 new jobs.
Last October, Manhattan city commissioners approved an economic development package for the business, including a performance grant worth up to $240,500 for 37 jobs and a 10-year tax abatement on the facility expansion. The company will continue to pay taxes on the existing building.
“Initially we specialized in cold brew coffees and lattes,” said Dan McDonald, Founder and CEO of Bev-Hub. “But we quickly learned we could apply many of the same processing techniques towards other beverage categories such as teas, energy drinks, and even cocktail mixers, opening up many new opportunities.”
Bev-Hub assists beverage manufacturers through the co-packing process. Services include processing and testing beverages, canning, labeling, shipping, and storage. Products handled include nitro cold brew, still cold brew, nitro cold brew lattes, cold brew lattes, tea, and water.
“Bev-Hub is an example of what Kansas ingenuity and market awareness can accomplish,” Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland said. “I’m proud that our state has the sort of entrepreneurial ecosystem that makes announcements like this possible. Congratulations on this impressive expansion, and thank you for continuing to do business in Kansas.”
According to the company, the talent pipeline resulting from Kansas State University’s strengths in food science and safety was a key component in Manhattan’s selection.
“In addition to creating great jobs and investing millions of dollars, Bev-Hub is a tremendous example of the Kansas entrepreneurial spirit,” said Jason Smith, president and chief executive officer of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce.