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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A $2 million grant will enable Founders Brewing Company to add 52 jobs over three years as part of a $26 million expansion of the Grand Rapids-based brewer.
The performance-based grant was approved by the Michigan Business Development Program in collaboration with The Right Place.
Most of the jobs will be in operations and service, a release said.
Of the $26 million, more than $22 million will be used to buy new brewing equipment, with $4 million spent on expanding the facility at 235 Grandville Avenue in downtown Grand Rapids.
The City of Grand Rapids also recently offered a 12-year, $300,000 property tax abatement for the project.
"The craft beer market continues to grow," Mike Stevens, President and CEO, Founders Brewing Company President/CEO Mike Stevens said in a statement. "We are grateful for this incentive assistance, which will allow us to keep up with demand and to be in a position to hire more people to help us grow the brewery."
The expansion will take place in phases.
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