New Belgium Brewing is getting closer to opening their Asheville facilities with an 80-person team that is just over half way built. The 100% employee owned company made their first two Asheville hires co-owners at their annual retreat this summer, will hire approximately 40 additional positions before opening next spring. Additional positions will be hired through full build out over the next handful of years.
“The skills of those living in the area are amazing and we have had a fantastic response,” says Annie Korenjak, Human Resources Manager, New Belgium, Asheville. “Nearly half of our Asheville leadership team and about half of our hires so far have been from the surrounding region. Asheville’s one talented place.”
Positions in brewing, packaging, distribution, quality assurance and in the Liquid Center will start to post on their website in the next two weeks and through the next six months. In addition to a family-friendly benefit package with paid time off, at one year of employment coworkers receive ownership in the values-based company. All positions are full time with benefits.
Some positions will have multiple hires for a single job posting. Liquid Center Representatives are the face of the tasting room, serving beer and sharing the company story through tours and conversation. Brewing Operators have responsibility for the brewing process, including mixing and blending raw materials all the way through fermented product. Packaging Equipment Techs operate and maintain high-speed packaging lines. Raw Materials Handlers assist production areas and the physical handling and inventorying of bulk raw materials.
New Belgium’s hiring strategy is to find the best fit for each position, while also seeding their company values into their new workforce. The company identified a handful of seed positions, filled, where possible, by experienced and qualified New Belgium coworkers to serve as value catalysts internally in Asheville. Other positions are posted publicly on www.NewBelgium.com.