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Monday, November 29, 2021

California Canned Cocktail Maker Looking for Mountain City for Distribution Center

A California distiller and brewer is considering Montrose for a new canning and distribution center, something that economic development officials have said will cost employees when Russell Stover Chocolates closed its plant in the summer of 2020. It might help to leave behind.

The Colorado Economic Development Commission awarded $292,763 in job growth incentive tax credits to the unnamed company known as Project Chapter, providing 40 net new jobs that pay a median annual salary of $53,076, That’s 128% of the median annual salary in Montrose County. , Reno, Nev., is also under consideration.

About half the jobs will involve production work, while the remainder will be in sales and distribution. The distiller also plans to add a tasting room and several additional retail jobs to staff the restaurant, but the state did not encourage those low-paying positions. The company, which currently has 26 employees, manufactures canned cocktails, which are growing in popularity, as well as canned beer and distilled spirits.

Commissioner Wendell Prior said there was no shortage of brewers and distillers in the state and questioned why others should be encouraged, but voted with other commissioners to approve the project.

Sandy Head, executive director of Montrose Economic Development Corp., said the company would be an excellent addition to the city’s Colorado Outdoor Industrial Park and provide the jobs needed to replace some of the 289 positions lost when Russell Stover closed his plant.

“We are taking names and have 90 individuals who are eager to get back into food production,” she said.

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Elsmere Education, a Denver-based education technology company that received $1.7 million in state tax credits under the Project Norman name in September, has chosen Denver over Houston for 138 new jobs, which represents a median annual salary of $84.490. pays, announced the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

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