Deep Eddy to open new site as it eyes expansion
Deep Eddy Vodka is set to open a distillery in Hays County, Texas, which is “at least five times the size of its current building”.
The approval of an economic development agreement by Buda City Council has paved the way for the firm to relocate to a site in the city.
The development, set out by Buda Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Deep Eddy, and parent company, Heaven Hill, will see the vodka brand move into a new building more than 194,000 square feet in size and sits on 15+ acres of land.
While incentive agreements have been approved by the City and the EDC, continued negotiations with the current building owner and Hays County are still underway.
“The entire City staff with whom we have worked has been very accommodating and supportive in this process. Heaven Hill Brands and its Deep Eddy Vodka Division are excited about the opportunity to become a part of the Buda community,” said Len Landry, director of corporate engineering for Heaven Hill.
Deep Eddy approached the City after citing “growth limitations” at its current facility in Dripping Springs. The new site will use approximately the same amount of water as 36 single family households each month.
“When the EDC started working with the company on this project almost seven months ago, our primary concern was assisting Deep Eddy in their search for a facility that could meet their current and future production demands,” said EDC director Ann Miller.
“We are honoured that Buda was chosen as their location for their expansion and we are looking forward to continuing to build on the partnership between Deep Eddy, its parent company Heaven Hill, the City of Buda, and the EDC.
“This project brings new revenue, jobs, and excitement to our community and this company will be a great addition to the growing Buda economy for years to come.”
Deep Eddy will retain all existing jobs – approximately 40 positions – and plans to add “at least” 20 new jobs over the next 10 years.
Renovations on the building will start later this year, while the company expects to begin full production at its new location in early 2017. The brand’s tasting room is currently set to remain at its present location.
Mayor Todd Ruge added: “[The] announcement reflects a collaborative effort between our EDC, City Council, and County Commissioners to insure that Deep Eddy remained in Hays County. I couldn’t be happier that Deep Eddy has chosen Buda for its new expanded facility. This is a victory for the City of Buda and Hays County.”
The news comes after a Silicon Valley investor purchased the property where the Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery is based for an undisclosed sum.
Since publication, Deep Eddy has released the following comment: “To clarify recent announcements – due to the amazing business growth of the company, Deep Eddy Vodka is currently evaluating options for an additional facility to accommodate this rapid growth and expansion, however no plans have been finalised.
“While Deep Eddy is looking for additional capacity near Austin, the company remains committed to producing out of the distillery and tasting room in Dripping Springs and maintaining a local presence in the community. “