Increased Demand Prompts Oliver Winery to add Jobs to its Bloomington Operations
Bloomington — Oliver Winery & Vineyards today announced plans to create 21 full-time positions at its Bloomington, Ind., operations by the end of 2026 in response to increasing popularity and demand of its products.
In early 2021 Oliver started a new partnership with NexPhase Capital to continue to scale-up and accelerate the company’s growth. Mainstay wines like Oliver Sweet Red and innovations such as the newly released Melon Mint Moscato have fueled the company’s continued success. The NexPhase partnership also supports increased distribution of the winery’s “soft” varietals like its Sweet Red, Sweet White and Rose, the popular Real Fruit Moscato wines and the Porch Swing brand.
The company also intends to make significant investments in innovation to drive national brand awareness and distribution.
Based on the company’s hiring plans, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) committed an investment to Oliver Winery of up to $370,000 in Hoosier Business Investment tax credits.
The tax credits are performance-based, meaning the company is eligible to claim incentives as Hoosiers are hired and investments have been made. Monroe County also recently supported the company’s plans for growth, approving a tax abatement schedule for personal property the company plans to purchase and begin using in the coming year.
Oliver Winery is Indiana’s oldest and largest winery. What started out as a hobby in the 1960s has now grown into a nationally recognized brand that is distributed in more than 40 states. In addition to crafting high quality, fruit-forward wines, the company is also known for beautiful facilities and gardens, which are highly rated by consumers and the travel industry. In 2022, Oliver earned a “Best Places to Work in Manufacturing” Award from the Indiana Chamber.
“We greatly appreciate the support we’ve received from city and state leaders,” said Julie Adams, Oliver Winery Chief Executive Officer. “We want to continue to grow as an Indiana-based brand, and we are confident the talent we need can be found in Indiana now and well into the future. We are committed to providing a culture and workplace that employees are proud to be a part of.”
Ann Lathrop, chief strategy officer at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, said “Oliver is a treasured asset for our state and the Bloomington community,” said “I’m pleased to see the oldest and largest winery in our state continue to grow and make investments directly back into their community.”
Sikich Site Selection & Incentives assisted in securing incentive assistance.
“Indiana makes it attractive for companies to locate and expand, and we are pleased that a company of Oliver Winery’s caliber has recognized that,” said Jenny Massey, national director of site selection and business incentives, a newly formed practice at Sikich, LLP.
About Oliver Winery & Vineyards: Oliver Winery started from modest roots back in the 1960s, as a hobby of Indiana University law professor William Oliver. Today, Oliver Winery is the 28th largest winery in the U.S. as well as a world-class destination, rated by Travel + Leisure as a top 25 winery to visit in the U.S. Over the last decade, Oliver Winery has seen an average annual growth rate of 9.3%. Since 2014, it has more than doubled its geographic reach and now distributes in more than 40 states.
About Sikich Site Selection & Incentives (Sikich SSI): As an independent site selection and incentives consulting firm, Sikich specializes in finding sites and negotiating local, state and federal incentives. The Sikich team has assisted start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, securing millions of dollars of support through refundable tax credits, training grants and site-specific incentives.
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