New Belgium Brewing Co. debuts its new Asheville distribution center this week. The facility, located in Enka Center, is 141,000 square feet — including a massive 88,000 square feet of refrigerated space. In practical terms, it will hold a total of 12 million bottles and cans, 50,000 kegs of beer, 45,000 empty kegs and 300 tons of cardboard for raw materials, according to New Belgium.
The distribution center will be used for shipping and receiving both raw materials and packaged beer to and from the brewery to locations on the East Coast. New Belgium expects to hire 40 people to work at the location with an average hourly rate of $13-$18, plus benefits. Hiring for select positions has already begun, and openings will be posted on the New Belgium website.
The project has created more than 100 construction jobs and has cost $13.6 million. New Belgium is pursuing U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification for the site, as it was designed to use 25 percent less energy than a traditional building of its size and purpose.
This press release from New Belgium has more details:
Asheville, NC, May 12, 2015 – Reaching another key milestone in bringing their east coast brewery online, New Belgium Brewing’s Asheville Distribution Center construction is complete. The company will begin shipping beer from the Asheville Distribution Center by the end of 2015. The distribution center will serve the eastern United States and will support the company’s national expansion.
“The right partners and the right place; we’re thrilled to be here in Enka-Candler,” said Mark Fischer, New Belgium Senior Plant Engineer. “Our plan is to ship product by the end of 2015 and until then, we’ll be preparing the space for use, refining shipping and receiving practices, and storing raw materials to support the brewery start up later this year.”
Built in partnership with ARCO National Construction – Beverage Group and Finkle Williams Architecture, the 141,000 SF warehouse includes 88,000 SF of refrigerated space, enough to hold 12,000,000 bottles and cans, 50,000 full kegs of beer and 9,000 SF of outside covered storage area, enough to hold 45,000 empty kegs. There’s 44,000 SF of storage for 300 tons of cardboard and raw materials. Forty of New Belgium’s 140 projected Asheville coworkers will be working at the distribution center.
“Our team is quickly expanding and now includes our distribution center manager,” said Philip Pollick, Asheville Packaging Manager. “Come late summer, we’ll be bringing on more coworkers, making this all come alive.”
The New Belgium distribution center is primarily a cold storage warehouse facility, with warehousing and office space. While refrigerated warehouses are not typically known for their environmental sustainability, keeping in step with the company’s commitment to sustainability, New Belgium is pursuing LEED certification. The building is designed to use 25% less energy than a traditional building and the LED lighting uses 20% less energy than conventional lighting system. In the building process, 84% percent of materials were manufactured within 500 miles, while 82% of onsite construction waste was diverted from landfills.
The distribution center comes online prior to the more complex brewery, packaging hall and tasting room being built along the French Broad River, just east of the distribution center, where they will eventually brew 500,000 barrels annually. Hiring began in early 2015 and continues at www.newbelgium.com.