Brewery plans $49M Tennessee upgrade with 155 new jobs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A brewery is planning a $49 million upgrade in Tennessee to keep up with demand, an effort expected to add 155 jobs.

According to the Daily Memphian, Blues City Brewery in Memphis is one of three contract-brewing facilities operated in the U.S. by Wisconsin-based City Brewing Company.

The company is seeking a local property tax break worth $3.7 million over 12 years. The Economic Growth Engine for Memphis & Shelby County says the operation will generate $10 million in property tax over the 12-year time frame.

The facility currently employs 516 people making an average of $54,000 annually. The plant was built by Schlitz on 83 acres in 1971. City Brewing bought it nine years ago.

The 1.3 million square-foot facility has the capacity to produce more than 60 million cases a year.

The brewery’s customers provide the recipes for their brands and Blues City Brewery makes and packages their products for them.