Middle West Spirits a fast-growing distillery known for its unique artisan spirits has announced a $3.1 million investment to expand spirits production after a continual increase in demand for its OYO lines of whiskey, vodka and bourbon. The expansion will help the company meet increasing demands domestically and keep pace with the growing popularity of American craft spirits in international markets.
The investment includes expansion of its production facility, the opening of a 23,000-square-foot warehouse and the addition of 25 employees to its current five-person roster. The 25 new jobs, including production, warehouse, sales, marketing and support staff, will be added over the next three years. Hiring for some positions will begin immediately.
“Columbus and Ohio have played a tremendous role in our growth, and we’re thankful to keep growing here,” said Brady Konya, GM and co-founder, Middle West Spirits. “We’re proud of our Ohio roots and continue to invest in its future as a center of innovation for craft spirits.”
The investment includes the addition of new distillation equipment and the expansion of the Middle West production along with building improvements to the company’s second warehouse. In addition the company will add a full-service tasting room, and has plans to announce additional investments in the coming weeks.
“We are excited about the opportunities the build out creates for our company,” said Ryan Lang, cofounder and head distiller, Middle West Spirits. “The new facility affords us the capacity to improve and innovate products to a level we could have only dreamt of in the past.”
Middle West Spirits was founded in 2008 by Co-founders Brady Konya and Ryan Lang and they opened the distillery for commercial production in 2010. The two say they are proud to practice the time-honored craft of producing spirits from grain to bottle, and honored to support the farms, craftsmen, trade partners, and retail customers who desire an authentic expression of world-class, American-made craft spirits.