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City board approves incentive for beer distribution plant.
The San Angelo Development Corp. this morning approved nearly $1 million to incentivize the creation of a regional beer distribution center.
The incentive - $930,000 to Farmer's Branch-based Glazer's Distributors for the retention of 45 jobs already in San Angelo and the creation of 79 more - will pay the company $7,500 per job, said Kathy Keane, SADC executive director.
"A regional distribution center is pretty significant for West Texas," Keane said. "We put a lot of effort into it."
The incentive must be approved by the City Council before going into effect.
Glazer operates a plant on West Loop 306 south of Knickerbocker Road, Keane said. It recently bought the building, which it had been leasing, and will renovate it into the distribution center.
The company is the 10th-largest beer wholesale company in the United States, Keane said, employing 6,000 people nationwide. It plans to invest at least $7.2 million in converting the plant, she said.
The jobs average a salary of $34,000, with benefits adding $9,000 to the average contribution per employee.
"The jobs are the type of jobs that we like," said SADC board president Tommy Hiebert. "They are good paying jobs."