Southern Tier Brewing Expands At Industrial Park

Southern Tier Brewing Company Inc., in the Stoneman Industrial Park in the town of Busti, is again expanding their facilities.

The company is erecting a 45,000-square-foot butler building for warehouse space for packaging materials that will also include office space, lab and six loading docks. Their growth in current and projected sales prompted this expansion project. The new addition will bring a total of approximately 83,000 square feet of new construction in the town of Busti, since they began their operations in 2003.

The County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency board of directors approved assistance for the company with a PILOT/Tax Lease Agreement for this project. This will include sales and use tax incentives, along with property tax incentives.

“Success in the food and beverage industries comes from having outstanding products, and Southern Tier Brewing continues to have great success with their superior products. It is exciting for the CCIDA to have assisted in what they have accomplished, and we will stand ready to help as they move ahead,” said Bill Daly, administrative director/CEO of the CCIDA.

“It is my pleasure to once again compliment Southern Tier Brewing on an expansion project at their facility in the Stoneman Industrial Park. The success of their products is widely known, and they have become a tourist destination with thousands of annual visitors to the brewery,” said County Executive Greg Edwards. “We hope this growth will continue long into the future.”

Southern Tier Brewing Company currently has 36 full-time employees, and six part-time employees. This addition and projected growth in sales will add five new employees in a two-year period. Southern Tier Brewing Company produces 30 different craft beers for distribution in 31 U.S. states, and exports internationally. This Chautauqua County company has recently been ranked No. 15 among the Top 50 “Overall U.S. Brewing Companies,” according to the U.S. Brewers Association’s 2012 production statistics for the industry. Owners of the company are Phineas DeMink, president, and Sara DeMink, vice president.