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Firefly Distillery, LLC expanding and moving operations in Charleston County

Firefly Distillery, LLC expanding and moving operations in Charleston County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Firefly Distillery, LLC, a South Carolina-based beverage provider, is expanding its Charleston County operations by constructing a new distillery in North Charleston, S.C. The $7.3 million investment is expected to create 20 new jobs.
 
Founded on Wadmalaw Island just south of Charleston, Firefly is a craft distiller of fine spirits that are available nationwide. From its Sweet Tea Vodka to its Southern Lemonade, Firefly’s signature products are sold at retail stores and beverage establishments throughout the country.  
 
The company’s new operations, located at 1210 Valdosta Street in North Charleston, S.C., will include increased distillation capabilities, expanded retail opportunities and more. Hiring for the new positions should begin in the first quarter of 2019 with the new facility operational by fall of 2019.
 
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“We are very excited about our new distillery experience coming to North Charleston. We will offer new expanded tours, tastings and consumer events at our new 16-acre Creekside venue.” –Firefly Distillery President Scott Newitt
 
“Time and time again, South Carolina has shown it one of the best places in the world to do business. This expansion announcement by Firefly is further proof of our pro-business environment, and we’re excited to see what this locally-grown company has in store for the future.” –Gov. Henry McMaster
 
“South Carolina is a great location for companies trying to transport products to markets across the globe. The 20 new jobs this investment is bringing will make a real difference to the community, and we’re excited to see what the future holds for a great South Carolina company like Firefly.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“Firefly Distillery’s nationally-recognized brand continues to build, and we are ecstatic they have placed permanent roots in the Lowcountry.” –Charleston County Council Chairman Victor Rawl
 
“Firefly’s welcomed expansion into North Charleston is taking a former public works transfer site and reimagining it into a sprawling destination within the heart of our city. Soon to be a major attraction for residents and tourists alike, Firefly has become part of the revitalization story of Park Circle and the Spruill Avenue corridor. We love seeing local businesses take part in the economic transformation of the region.” –North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey
 
“Upon completion, Firefly Distillery will provide visitors and residents alike a captivating story of entrepreneurship and achievement that characterizes Firefly’s signature brand. We congratulate Firefly and commend them on their efforts to revitalize property in historic North Charleston.” –Charleston County Economic Development Executive Director Steve Dykes
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
·         Firefly Distillery, LLC is expanding its operations in Charleston County.
·         $7.3 million investment to create 20 new jobs.
·         Firefly Distillery is a family-owned producer and distributor of a unique line of beverages and licenses.
·         Located at 1210 Valdosta Street in North Charleston, S.C., the expansion will include increased distribution capabilities, expanded retail opportunities and more.
·         Hiring for the new positions should begin in the first quarter of 2019.
 
 
About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. In three of five years, IBM-Plant Location International reports ranked South Carolina first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment, per capita. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012, 2014 and 2015. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.
 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Adrienne R. Fairwell, APR
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce
(803) 737-1998
afairwell@sccommerce.com
www.SCcommerce.com
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