December 13, 2017 Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership Announces Z-HUB Awarded $300K in Funding by New York’s Regional Economic Development Council
Malta, NY – The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, the county’s designated economic development agency, today announced that New York’s Regional Economic Development Council has awarded $300,000 in funding to support the construction of Z-HUB in the Town of Moreau, which will provide a critical connection between farmers and the state’s burgeoning craft beverage industry.
The first facility of its kind in New York state, Z-HUB will establish a reliable source for high-quality barley and specialty grains by growing, processing, storing, packaging and shipping grains to craft brewers and distillers. The project is the brainchild of Rachel Czub, 31, a second-generation farmer who recently returned to the Capital Region after a career in investment banking.
Z-HUB will be located on 310 acres of the Czub Farm on Old West Road, in close proximity to I-87, a key consideration for transportation of grain to New York craft brewers and distillers. The first phase of the $1.5 million project will involve construction of the facility and purchase and set up of grain storage, cleaning and processing equipment.
The Saratoga Partnership provided strategic guidance, technical assistance, business planning, and access to resources to support and advance the project.
“We are delighted to have assisted Rachel in securing critical funding for this exciting project, which offers significant economic impact that cuts across industries,” said Marty Vanags, President of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership. “It supports the growth of New York’s booming craft beverage industry, provides a vital revenue source to farmers, and answers rising consumer demand for high-quality, homegrown craft beverages.”
“I am grateful to the Regional Economic Development Council for awarding this important funding to help bring this dream to reality,” said Czub. “This is great news for farmers and great news for craft brewers, and more importantly, for bringing the two together. I appreciate the invaluable assistance of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership and can’t wait to get started.”
The project also provides a solution for craft brewers and distillers in New York who hold a Farmer Brewers or Distillers license, and will be required to source raw material from New York state producers by 2019.
It is expected that ground will be broken next spring for the project. In addition to the grain hub, Czub has plans to create a vibrant agritourism destination to showcase on-site craft brewing with a taproom, an entertainment and event center, and brew pub.