BRADENTON -- Motorworks Brewing is hiring 15 to 20 tap room employees with a goal of opening by mid-December in Bradenton.
The opening is not only exciting for eager beer enthusiasts, but also Village of the Arts business owners who anticipate their restaurants and shops benefiting from the new brewery.
Ann Altman, vice president of marketing and community relations for Motorworks, said the company is looking to hire people who are passionate about beer.
"We are mostly hiring in
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the brewery's tap room. The brewery itself is still in the process of being completed," said Altman.
She said the full brewery, 1014 Ninth St W., is scheduled for completion in February.
But in December, the brewery's tap room will open. It will feature 30 craft beers on tap, six of them from Motorworks Brewing. Customers can convene in the beer garden.
The brewery will be the first of three scheduled to open in the Bradenton area. One of the other breweries will be located a few blocks from Motorworks, on 17th Avenue West.
Motorworks' positions include tap room general manager and shift brewers. Job seekers can find a full list of openings on motorworksbrewing.com or the company's Facebook page. The brewery will also host a job fair in the beer garden from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
"Compensation will be competitive with the hospitality industry and based on experience," said Altman.
Dave Gustafson, Bradenton Downtown Development Authority director, said the brewery will receive incentives from Manatee County based on the jobs created.
"At full production, they have the opportunity to create upwards of 30 to 40 full-time jobs," said Gustafson.
According to Sharon Hillstrom, president and chief executive of the Economic Development Council, the brewery projects to offer wages at or 15 percent above the average local annual salary, which is $35,633.
The company could receive up to $30,000 over five years.
"They project to create a number of jobs, and if they meet that goal then they get the incentive," Hillstrom said.
Gustafson noted that the brewery's economic impact will be felt by neighboring businesses, including those in Village of the Arts.
"Any time you can bring foot traffic into an area, I think there's a lot of good financial opportunities," he said.
Altman said she is excited at the chance to build partnerships with Village of the Arts.
"We do not have food. We are not a restaurant, so we are going to really depend on a couple of the businesses in the Village of the Arts," said Altman.
Motorworks Brewing's owners, Denise and Frank Tschida, have been discussing ways to offer customers food options with Kim Hoffman, owner and chef at Charisma Cafe.
Hoffman said she may offer meal specials and open in the evening when the brewery opens.
"We look forward to working closely together, which is a great thing," said Hoffman. "I think the brewery will be an asset not only for the Bradenton area, but also the Village of the Arts."
The brewery has built a positive buzz in the Village of the Arts.
Bonni Brown, owner and baker at Bonni Bakes, said it's been great to see the interest the company has expressed in the village.
"The owners of Motorworks have been at several of the community-wide meetings," said Brown. "They have expressed a real interest in being a part of this community and joining with us."
Viktoria Bridgeford plans to open a gallery and craft shop full of hand-made figurines in three months at 10th Street West and 10th Avenue West, bordering the brewery.
"It will be very good because people will be here and they can decide to go shopping," said Bridgeford.
Altman said Motorworks Brewing hopes to be a draw that will impact all the area's businesses.
"We know people who come to the brewery will find great options in the Village of the Arts," she said.
Janey Tate, city of Bradenton and Palmetto reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. You can follow her on Twitter at Janey_Tate.