Lakefront Brewery to expand its Harambee warehouse
In order to keep up with demand, Lakefront Brewery announced yesterday that it will expand its cold storage and distribution warehouse, located in the Harambee neighborhood at 218 E. Keefe Ave.
Partially financed by a loan from the Milwaukee Economic Development Corp., the $1.2 million expansion project is expected to grow the warehouse by 6,874 square feet and bring 10 full-time jobs and 20 part-time jobs within the next two years. This is to keep up with production, which has almost doubled over the past two years, growing by 40 percent in 2012 and 21 percent last year.
"The demand for craft beer shows no signs of slowing, and we need the additional warehouse space," said Russ Klisch, president of Lakefront Brewery, in a press release. "It's great that the city has been such a great partner and that the expansion can take place in the Harambee/Riverwest area, where we began this business and where jobs are needed."
A groundbreaking ceremony – with Mayor Tom Barrett – is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 2 p.m.
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