The Greenwood Redevelopment Commission has approved infrastructure improvements in support of a new development off the city’s Main Street. Dragon Rock Distillery is investing $7 million into a 12-acre operation that will include a craft distillery, brewery and restaurant just east of Interstate 65.
Owner Dave Hunter says he chose the spot because of its location near the interstate. He says the distillery will be a year-round destination for visitors from around the region. With the recent growth of other craft breweries and distilleries throughout Indiana, Hunter calls this an "ideal time to launch Dragon Rock Distillery."
The project includes a 37,000 square-foot building which will house not only the distillery, brewery and restaurant, but a storage warehouse as well. hunter says once operations are underway, he plans to hire more than 50 workers.
"Businesses are beginning to realize the significant opportunities Greenwood presents in terms of available workforce, property and disposable resident income," said Brent Tilson, president of the Greenwood RDC. "Our goal at the RDC is to shepherd these projects, working with business owners, developers and site selectors to ensure successful endeavors, both for the business and the community."
The infrastructure improvements approved by the RDC totaled $170,000.
Hunter adds the distillery will feature public tours, allowing people to see how the distilling process works. He says he plans to use locally-grown products and may use small portions of the 12-acre site to grow corn, rye, wheat and barley.
Construction on the project is expected to begin later this year or in the first quarter of 2017.