A long underused building at Century City Business Park on the north side of Milwaukee has landed another growing business.
Craft Beverage Warehouse LLC, a Milwaukee-based packaging materials distributor for making craft beverages, has signed a long-term lease for approximately 9,000 square feet in the Century City 1 building, 3945 N. 31st St., a- was announced on Tuesday.
The company was founded a year ago, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced beverage makers to quickly switch from draft and fountain systems, used in taverns and restaurants, to bottles and cans used for drinks. end of campaign sales.
This created a high demand for these materials, which made it difficult for small and medium beverage producers to purchase them, said Kyle Stephens, co-founder of Craft Beverage Warehouse.
Stephens was Vice President of Finance and Administration at Good City Brewing, the core business of Century City 1, when Craft Beverage Wholesale was launched there.
The growing business is now renting its own space, with Stephens leaving Good City Brewing to focus on his new business.
The Craft Beverage Warehouse is “a way for us to leverage our existing relationships and our understanding of the packaging market to help craft producers who may not have the access or the power. buying large companies, âStephens said.
The company has three employees: Stephens and the two other co-owners. He hopes to add three to five employees over the next 12 months.
Craft Beverage Warehouse was founded primarily to support local beverage businesses, but found its market to be all of the contiguous 48 states and Alaska, Stephens said.
âI am thrilled for Kyle and his partners as they continue to develop CBW here in Century City,â said Dan Katt, CEO / Co-Founder of Good City Brewing and Managing Partner of Century City 1.
A subsidiary of Good City Brewing bought the building in 2018 and moved his office and distribution center there. The 53,200-square-foot building opened in 2016, but struggled to attract tenants.
Meanwhile, Planet to Plate Inc., based in Brooklyn, New York, in February disclosed plans to operate an urban farm in approximately 8,900 square feet in Century City 1.