The Hendo news source Hendersonville Lightning shares that Stan Cooper, the co-manager of the Mills River facility, has stated at a town council meeting that the brewery, which planned a November 2013 opening, will instead open in July 2013.
Like in West Asheville with New Belgium, Mills River roads will need to be overhauled to accommodate tractor-trailer traffic. FYI, WNC: We’re not just getting breweries. We’re getting manufacturing plants.
From Hendersonville Lightning: Sierra Nevada accelerates launch schedule
In the first public presentation about the brewery and its campus on the banks of the French Broad River, brewery co-manager Stan Cooper told the Mills River Town Council that demand for Sierra Nevada craft beer is exceeding projections and building pressure for an earlier startup.
“We’re kind of escalating our plan,” Cooper said. “We’re going to make an attempt to get it done in July. We met with (engineer) Bill Lapsley yesterday to try to figure out how we can get that road done by July.”
The road work includes a major overhaul of Fanning Bridge Road, a new intersection with traffic signals at N.C. 281 and a round-about that will allow workers, visitors and tractor-trailers to move easily in and out of the brewery site.
According to Hendersonville Lightning, Sierra Nevada expects to hire 60 people by July.
Link to full article here.