A Portland, Oregon-based maker of premixed cocktails announced on Tuesday that it is relocating its headquarters and manufacturing operations to Indianapolis, creating up to 51 jobs by 2019.
Blue Marble Cocktails and Spirits said it will spend more than $9 million on the relocation and expansion. It began production this month at a 18,000-square foot facility at 6008 Corporate Way—which also houses its offices, showroom and warehouse—but is scouting central Indiana for a permanent manufacturing site.
Blue Marble, which was founded in 2016 by Indiana native Alan Miller, currently has eight full-time Indiana employees. It's hiring for a range of jobs, including operations managers and quality-control supervisors. The company said the positions will pay nearly double the state's average hourly wage of $21.21 an hour.
The company said it plans to develop the capacity to produce three million, 24-can cases a year at its central Indiana manufacturing facility. Its premade cocktails—which it sells to airlines, cruise lines, hotels and other customers—include Coconut Island, Cinnamon Toast, Cosmo, Marble-rita, Vodka Soda, Whiskey Cola and Bloody Mary.
“As a native-born Hoosier, I have a passion and love for all things Indiana,” said Miller, the CEO, who also founded AMD Lasers in Indianapolis. “I can’t wait to witness Blue Marble Cocktails and Spirits' success in a state that offers talented people whom we are excited to grow our company with. I’m confident this is just the start of our growth, and look forward to witnessing people across the nation enjoying an all-natural, Hoosier-made cocktail or spirit.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Blue Marble up to $765,000 in tax credits based on the company’s job-creation and investment plans. The incentives are performance based, meaning the company can't claim them until workers are hired.