HARRISBURG – Rep. Tim Bonner (R-Mercer/Butler) and Sen. Michele Brooks (R-50) announced today that Balmaghie Beverage Group will receive $2.5 million in funding from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) to be used to construct a new multi-building production and retail complex in the Grove City Area, Mercer County. Private investments in the project will be near $10 million.
“The facility will be a sustainable resource to the local community that blends with the community’s pastoral setting,” said Bonner. “This project will bring jobs to the area, promote sustainability, help the economy grow, and give residents a place to shop, dine and be a gathering hub all in one location.”
Specifically, the Balmaghie Beverage Group Facility funding will be used to include a craft distillery, with perhaps the largest production capacity in Pennsylvania. In addition, it will be home to a 15,000-barrel brewery, restaurant, general store, events space and spirit aging warehouses. It will utilize specialty grains grown in the local region as its primary supplier in its distillery process. It will concentrate on producing fine, aged Pennsylvania rye and bourbon whiskies as a new product line and distribute the products through its national and international marketing network.
“This is a tourism and economic development project that will result in new jobs for the area, as well as provide a venue with the capability to host numerous types of events,” Brooks said.
Funding for the project was authorized by lawmakers in the Capital Budget Project Itemization Act.
“This funding is important for the overall growth of our community, and I am happy to be an advocate for this project,” said Bonner.
RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. These projects have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are funded by the state and cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs.
Representative Tim Bonner
8th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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