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Bell's sale moves forward

DNR releases land to Delta County

October 17, 2013

ESCANABA — The sale of land in the Delta County Renaissance Zone for the construction of Bell’s Upper Hand Brewery is one step closer to reality, thanks in part to the Michigan Department of Natural......

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Oct-21-13 1:53 AM

This is a good, strong, well-managed Michigan company that has chosen to expand into our area. I see this as a start of something that can grow to potentially create a lot more jobs, and even if it doesn't it will certainly increase the local tax base. Bell's has been around long enough that they know how to grow their company, and I think they are starting small rather than rushing into a huge project that might leave them overextended. I predict there will be a lot more than five jobs over the long haul.

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Oct-20-13 9:39 AM

5 jobs are better than no jobs. When there's no other news to report, the Daily Press still must fill their pages.

Also there's a huge difference between this and Kid Rock's project. Kid Rock did NOT start his own brewery. He had this Michigan Brewing Company, who was already in financial trouble, brew a beer for him with his name on it. It was also a lousy beer, getting a rating of 63/100 (poor) by the BeerAdvocate community.

Bell's on the other hand, is the 12th largest craft brewery in the country who has won award after award, including a gold at the Great American Beer Festival this year. The beer they brew that's the same style as Kid Rock's has an 82/100 on BeerAdvocate, to compare apples to apples.

People complain that no businesses want to move to Escanaba, and then when businesses do open here, they complain that it's not an Olive Garden.

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Oct-18-13 3:29 PM

I agree that a better headline would be an employer needing 100 people. The fact is that's not happening. Why look down your nose at an established company making a $1M+ investment in the community?

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Oct-18-13 9:37 AM

I dont see why this story keeps making news. Frontpage news at that!! 5 jobs are not the news the people want to hear about. In fact, I'd rather you not print it at all. Now a good headliner would be an employer needing 100 people. I know several people on my street that employ more than a lousy five!!

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