150 new jobs and up to 100 construction jobs to be created by Rye River Brewing in new craft brewery and visitor centre.
The new jobs and investment to be situated in Celbridge, Co Kildare in what will be the biggest independent brewery in Ireland.
The Rye River Brewing Company currently employs 54 people in Kilcock, Co Kildare and these new positions will be created over three years, along with the investment of €4m into the new plant and visitor centre.
The positions will be spread across manufacturing, customer service, brewing, export, general operatives and management whilst up to 100 jobs will be generated in the construction of the new brewery plant and visitor centre which is hoped to open in late spring 2016.
The Rye River Brewing Company was established in 2013 by Niall Phelan, Alan Wolfe and Tom Cronin.
Making the announcement today, founder Niall Phelan said: “This is a really exciting time for The Rye River Brewing Company as we reach this significant milestone in our expansion and development and we have strong plans and targets now in place to increase production to meet our growing export markets. Our production capability will treble to seven million litres from the current two million litres as we have outgrown our current brewery and importantly the investment will help us maintain the quality of our award winning Irish craft beers that have helped to drive our expansion abroad. We have been lucky in that we have been profitable from 2014 and we’ve been able to use these profits, our own reserves and some borrowing to fund our existing successful operations and cap-ex. The new development will be funded from cash and some investment and we will be seeking further investment over the coming six months.”