Latrobe’s City Brewery adds warehousing space and jobs to INCD Westmoreland

City Brewery has signed a five-year lease for a warehouse and distribution site at RIDC Westmoreland, where it expects to create 50-60 jobs.

Those positions will be in addition to 250 at the City Brewery plant in Latrobe, according to company officials.

The move to the East Huntingdon industrial complex comes as City Brewery is “increasing our production operations to support additional customers”, according to the company – which did not provide any details on who those customers were.

One is losing Pittsburgh Brewing Co., which last year announced plans to move production of its flagship beers – Iron City, IC Light, IC Light Mango, Old German Premium Lager, American and American Light and Block House Brewing Summer Break – from Latrobe to a new facility at a closed PPG glass plant in East Deer.

City Brewery said at the time that Iron City accounted for less than 3% of its Latrobe business.

RIDC will be the primary site for outbound orders from City Brewery customers, while the Latrobe plant will continue to focus on brewing and packaging, according to the company.

“We liked that the space was close to our facilities in Latrobe,” said Zack Mazzoni, Controller of City Brewery. “It’s a great space with an owner who has a reputation for being flexible and accommodating.”

City Brewery has already moved into the 255,584 square feet included in its lease, bringing the INCD’s occupancy rate of 2.8 million square feet to approximately 76%. Open space is well suited for storage and will require minimal landscaping.

“This transaction continues the transformation of RRDC Westmoreland, which now has over 1,000 employees,” said RRDC President Donald Smith Jr.

Other tenants in the former Sony TV factory include Siemens, ARGO, Intervala, Westmoreland County Community College, Cenveo, and DNP IMS America.

“Our ongoing partnership with Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation has been invaluable in bringing business and jobs back to this site and making it a center of advanced manufacturing,” said Timothy White, senior vice president of development at RIDC.

RIDC Westmoreland is one of 12 industrial parks developed by the not-for-profit Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Industrial Development Corporation.

In addition to Latrobe, City Brewery has facilities in La Crosse, Wisconsin; Memphis, TN; and Irwindale, Calif., with a total workforce of more than 1,800 people.

Brewers’ and bottlers’ locals of the IUE-CWA (International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers – Communications Workers of America) represent 194 workers at City Brewery’s Latrobe plant while 10 members of the local bottlers are hard at work at the new INCD site, according to union representative Danny Sallie.

Jeff Himler is an editor of the Tribune-Review. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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