Romania's Largest Spirit Producer to Establish First U.S. Distillery and Create 102 New Jobs
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Alexandrion Group, Romania's largest spirits producer, will establish its first United States distillery in the Mid-Hudson Valley. The Alexandrion Group will invest more than $40 million to renovate the new distillery in Putnam County, creating 102 new jobs over five years. Upon completion in 2020, the new distillery will produce premium spirits tailored for the U.S. market such as whiskey, bourbon, gin, brandy and vodka.
"The Mid-Hudson Valley's vibrant economy has attracted businesses and residents from across the world, and with the addition of the Alexandrion Group's first U.S. distillery, this region will continue to flourish," Governor Cuomo said. "The company's investment is proof-positive that New York is a premier destination for food and drink enthusiasts, and we look forward to Alexandrion Group's continued success in the Empire State."
In July 2017, Alexandrion Group announced its intention to invest in its first U.S. distillery. Empire State Development, New York's chief economic development agency, worked closely with the Alexandrion Group to bring the project to New York, offering the company up to $2.7 million in performance-based tax credits through the Excelsior Jobs Program. The Alexandrion Group will create 102 new jobs and invest more than $40 million in the construction and renovation of its new 120,000-square-foot distillery and tasting room located at 39 Seminary Hill in Carmel, Putnam County, subject to local approvals.
ESD President, CEO, and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "The Hudson Valley is quickly growing into a national capital for beverage and spirit production, with all the right ingredients to support producers of all sizes - including abundant natural resources, an unbeatable workforce, and visitors from around the world. We're excited to welcome the Alexandrion Group to the Hudson Valley to establish their first U.S. distillery and look forward to their growth here."
State Liquor Authority Chairman Vincent Bradley said, "Under Governor Cuomo New York has worked hand in hand with the industry to remove regulatory and legislative obstacles that impeded growth, encouraging both large manufacturers and new entrepreneurs to open and expand. The Alexandrion Group's decision to establish its first United States distillery in the Mid-Hudson region is testament to this approach and a win for the State, as another major producer joins the growing ranks of New York's distilleries, creating jobs and economic development in the process."
Chairman of Alexandrion Group Nawaf Salameh said, "We are delighted to work together with the local authorities in a large project that will introduce Alexandrion Group to the American market. It is an opportunity to share from our expertise in order to develop new products tailored for the U.S. customers. Investing in the local economy is a strategic move that will allow us to be present in the United States and use this base as a starting point for exports in the rest of the world. We are convinced that this partnership will be successful, with great benefits for both Alexandrion Group and the local community."
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said, "Putnam County is thrilled to welcome this exiting project to the Mid-Hudson region. The Alexandrion Group's first U.S. distillery will generate new jobs, new investment, and new growth for our local economy and add to the momentum we're seeing across Putnam County."
Town of Carmel Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt said, "I along with the Carmel community are extremely pleased and excited that the Alexandrion Group has selected the Town of Carmel to establish and operate their first U.S. Distillery. the new distillery will create jobs and have an enormous positive effect on the local economy. This type of commercial business is the 'shot in the arm' that this community and region has been seeking for many years. Our local merchants and eateries will see an increase in customers as a result of the newly created jobs. The distillery will be a destination for many visitors and tourists adding to a huge boost in our local economy. The Town of Carmel will continue to work with the Alexandrion Group's professionals and consultants as this project moves forward."
Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York continues to implement legislative and policy changes to capitalize on the soaring consumer demand for locally produced craft beverages and to make it easier to open and run a craft manufacturing business. These improvements include lowering taxes and fees, providing support for research, creating new licenses for farm breweries and cideries, rolling back restrictive regulations, cutting the time it takes to obtain a license in half, and overhauling the state's antiquated Alcoholic Beverage Control law. Since Governor Cuomo hosted the state's first Beer, Wine, Spirits and Cider Summit in 2012, New York has experienced unprecedented growth in craft distilling. New York is now home to 160 craft distilleries, with more than 100 new distilleries opening since 2012. Additionally, there are 131 farm distilleries in the state, a more than 360 percent increase from 28 in 2012.
In April 2018, New York also welcomed Asahi Shuzo International Co., Ltd., maker of world-renowned DASSAI premium Junmai Daiginjo sake, in establishing New York's largest sake brewery and the first sake brewery in the Hudson Valley. To encourage Asahi Shuzo's growth in New York, ESD offered the Japan-based brewery up to $588,235 in performance-based tax credits through the Excelsior Jobs Program. Asahi Shuzo will invest more than $28 million in the facility and create 32 new jobs. At full capacity, the brewery will produce 332,640 gallons of sake a year.