European Spirits Maker to Spend $40M on U.S. Distillery

It will be the first U.S. distillery for Romania's largest spirits producer.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A European company plans to open a new distillery in New York City's northern suburbs, adding to the growing number of craft distilleries in New York state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that the Alexandrion Group, Romania's largest spirits producer, will build its first U.S. distillery in the town of Carmel, in Putnam County 55 miles north of New York City.

The Democrat says the company plans to spend $40 million on the project and create 102 new jobs over five years. Cuomo says when the 120,000-square-foot distillery opens in 2020 it will produce premium spirits such as bourbon, gin, brandy and vodka.

The company is getting up to $2.7 million in performance-based tax credits through the state's chief economic development agency to build in New York.