Mark Anthony Brands has selected Glendale, Arizona, as the location of its $250 million dollar production facility.
The maker of White Claw and Mike’s Hard Lemonade first revealed plans in the fall to invest $385 million to build two new production facilities, including a plant in New Jersey.
The company expects the 916,000 sq. ft. Glendale facility to be open within just seven months. In an effort to shave six weeks off the construction timelines, heavy-lift Russian aircraft were deployed to move heavy equipment.
The Arizona facility is expected to open in June 2020 and will employ 200 full-time workers.
In addition to White Claw, the facility will produce Mark Anthony Brands’ other offerings, including Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Cayman Jack Cocktails.
Mark Anthony Brands is self-financing the approximately $250 million project. The company is forecasting sales of $4 billion in 2020, according to the release.
In 2019, White Claw sales topped $1.5 billion, with total hard seltzer category sales nearing $2.5 billion.
White Claw is the top-selling hard seltzer in the U.S., followed by Boston Beer Company’s Truly Hard Seltzer.
Combined, the two products make up more than 80% of the market.