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Brewery planning new facility
A brewery in the area is planning an expansion project.
Cedar Springs Brewing Company has proposed building a new facility in Cedar Springs and creating 30 jobs, according to federal grant application documents.
The facility would be constructed on a portion of 55 acres of undeveloped land at 725 and 730 West St.
The company would spend $1.5 million for the construction project and $1.5 million for new equipment.
The company and its plans are listed among the beneficiaries of a recent federal grant of $872,220 to the city — for $1.7 million in infrastructure improvements to make the 55 acres accessible.
The brewery says it will be out of manufacturing and packaging space in the next six months and is unable to grow in its current location, at 95 N. Main — and there are no other sites with city water that are appropriate for the additional facility.
The 55 acres were formerly used as the city’s wastewater treatment lagoon from 1965 to 1999, when the lagoons were closed, according to Cedar Springs City Manager Mike Womack.
No projects on the 55 acres are officially planned through the city, Womack said.
"We know this will take some time, and while we don't have specific plans at this time, we're extremely pleased that the city was awarded this EDA grant," said David Ringler, director of happiness, Cedar Springs Brewing Company.
"We hope that we can eventually be a part of this development as we seek future growth opportunities. Cedar Springs is a great community and our long-range plans would preferably include an investment in a production facility here where we can build upon our great staff."