Who doesn’t love a good White Claw? If you somehow missed the summer of 2019 where White Claws seemingly took the world by storm, let us catch you up. White Claw Hard Seltzers are a popular spiked seltzer which come in a variety of flavors. You can check out the impressive making ofthe Claw + its success here. White Claw’s success is largely responsible for the massive growth in the hard seltzer industry. So, why are we talking to you about White Claws? Other than clearly being our state’s hard seltzer of choice…
White Claw + Mike’s Hard Lemonade | Photo by the COLAtoday team
…on Tuesday evening, Gov. Henry McMaster’s office announced that Mark Anthony Brewing will develop a $400 million, 1 million+ sq. ft. brewing facility in Columbia. That’s some big bucks for our state. Right now, the only two other Mark Anthony Brewing manufacturing sites are in Glendale, AZ and Hillside, NJ.
The timeline for the project is short – construction on the brewery will begin almost immediately + is expected to be complete – with the brewery fully operational – by summer 2021.
So, aside from being a White Claw connoisseur, why should you care? The investment, which will create 300 jobs in the Midlands, is one of the largest in Richland County’s history. Investments like this one helpmaintain and grow the local economy and, upon the business’ success, generate increased tax revenue, which in turn benefits projects and needs within the community. According to the governor’s release, the county was awarded a $4.6 million Set-Aside grant + a $1.5 million LocateSC grant. Read more about those here.
Interested in working at the new brewery when it opens? Find information on employment opportunities here.
We want to know – what’s your favorite flavor of White Claw? Need some help deciding? Here’s Food Network’s unofficial “official”rating.
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Number ○ $1.25 million. The amount of the grant the International African American Museum(113 Calhoun St.)recently received from The Duke Endowment– a private philanthropic trust located in the Southeast. The grant includes a $1 million endowment + $250,000 donation to go towards meeting the museum’s greatest needs between now and opening day. 💸
Announced ○ The National Parks Serviceannounced that beginning Nov. 11, U.S. military veterans + Gold Star Families will be granted free lifetime access to all of the park service’s parks + recreation areas. Learn more here. (WCSC) ○ Gary Cooper and David Goodall, founder + CEO of infusion therapy center Palmetto Infusion, were named EY’s Entrepreneurs Of The Year in the Southeast region. They will go on to be considered in the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards at a gala on Thurs., Nov. 19. 🥇 ○ SC Future Makers + Veterans ASCENDhave partnered to create an online platform that will help veterans find manufacturing jobs that require their specific training and skill sets. Boeinghas financially contributed to the project as well, stating that it is “committed to helping South Carolina’s veterans and their families thrive.”
Tech ○ Tallo, an online resource to help younger generations find jobs + make connections, recently launched its newapp,Ping. The app allows users to swipe through local and virtualcollege or career fairs. The organization is also hosting a $15,000 scholarship from now until Dec. 31. Students can learn more + apply here.
CofC ○ The College of Charleston received approvalfrom the South Carolina Department of Commerce to host spectators in the TD Arena for its 2020-21 men’s + women’s basketball seasons. The college’s athletic department is currently working on various safety precautions to keep in-person fans, which will be limited to 30%, safe + healthy. Read more here. (Holy City Sinner)
ReOpening ○ BIGGBY Coffee announced that its Goose Creek location (514 St. James Ave.) will be reopening on Tues., Nov. 17, under new owners after closing down in February. In addition, its location in West Ashley(903 St. Andrews Blvd.) recently opened a drive-thru; however, the lobby will open at a later date. ☕️
Virtual ○ Nonprofit organizationCharleston Moves(57 Cannon St.) invites the public to tune in to its freelivestream event “Connect with Charleston Moves”. The virtual event will take place today at 6 p.m. and discuss past accomplishments + future plans to continue making Charleston’s streets safe. Registerhere to attend. 🚲
Coronavirus ○ Visit SCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, and here for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina and accelerateSC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats on South Carolina’s employment, business, economy, education, and more.
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