The industry veterans voice great optimism at the future of the craft beer industry and there is currently a new factory opening in the US that is about to open up a new 50,000 square foot facility. The US estimates that the $31.1 million plant in Loris, South Carolina is slated to be opened in and running in the summer of 2017. The investment that built this plant was made by the Abbotsford-based Accent Stainless Steel will help provide some breathing room for capacity at its main production facility in Fraser Valley operation and production plant. Business is booming and demand for craft beer is up about 50% across Canada, the US, and the world for that matter and this is something Eli Gershkovitch saw (http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Gershkovitch+owner+Steamworks+brew+Vancouver+with+1948+Plymouth+Special+Deluxe+Woody+station+wagon/8035571/story.html). The Abbotsford plants have gotten upgrades in the recent years and there are about 150 employees working at the main plant today and there were 40 micro breweries run by the company in 2010 and that is up to 110 in 80 communities across British Columbia and he predicts about 140 micro breweries will be opened by years end. This means a 94% growth in the industry since 2013.
Eli Gershkovitch is the owner of this company who is the CEO of Steamworks Group of Companies who always believed the motto “You grow to meet demand or demand will shrink to meet you”. In other words, you must give your customers the product or the demand will go away and with summer coming it seems that a microbrewery is going to be opening a new neighborhood every single day.
For Eli Gershkovitch, it’s all about craft beer right now when it comes to alcohol it seems. Gershkovitch has been in the business for the past 21 years, and Since building the initial location Greshkovitch has opened up over 754 locations that are opened today. The new brewery has a 40,000-hectolitre capacity and he now has locations in several Canadian providences and in 14 US states as well.