Sun King Brewing Company, an Indiana craft beer brewery, plans a $8.8 million expansion of its brewery operations center in Fishers, Indiana, creating up to 55 new jobs by 2019.
Established in 2009, Sun King Brewery brews and distributes handcrafted house, seasonal and specialty beers that are available on tap and in cans at hundreds of locations in central Indiana. The state’s second largest beer brewer will to construct and equip a 40,000 square-foot facility located at Kincaid Drive in Fishers. The facility will house the firm’s second brewery, as well as a tasting room, to allow Sun King Brewery to increase beer production in order to meet demand.
“Sun King has experienced tremendous growth in Indiana over the past five years, and it’s important to us to be able to continue to make enough beer to serve the entire state,” said Omar Robinson, President of Sun King Brewery. "Sun King sells more craft beer in Indiana than any other Indiana brewery, and this new brewery will allow us to continue to meet the demand for our beer and to make that fresh local beer in a state that is business-friendly.”
In early 2013, the brewery announced plans to invest $3 million to expand its Indianapolis operations and increase beer production, adding up to 32 new jobs by the end of 2016. Sun King Brewery will hire tasting room, production and delivery positions on an ongoing basis, creating up to 20 new jobs at its new Fishers location within its first year of operation.
"We are excited that once again Sun King Brewery has chosen Indiana as a fixture in its long-term business plans,” said Eric Doden, President of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “We have worked hard to create an environment that promotes growth and creates more opportunities for Hoosiers, and we look forward to continuing to watch them expand here in the future."
As an incentive, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Sun King Brewing Company up to $450,000 from the state’s Industrial Development Grant Fund to the town of Fishers and in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The town of Fishers will consider additional incentives.
“Sun King embodies the vibrant, entrepreneurial spirit that Fishers fosters throughout the community,” said Scott Fadness, Town Manager of Fishers. “The expansion into Fishers not only creates a new destination for our community, but aligns with our mission to create an environment in which high-growth, high-potential companies compete and thrive.”