At the long-abandoned 7,000-square-foot Smith Paint Building in downtown Harrisburg, two men are churning out handcrafted vodka, rum, moonshine and more. They are part of a wave of micro-distilleries across Pennsylvania, spurred by an easing of the state's liquor laws.
The organization's goal is to help lead northeastern Pennsylvania to a better economic future by building partnerships that develop and apply technology for competitive advantage. This latest funding round will boost startups in a wide range of sectors.
The company's exquisite single-origin bars have won a following around the globe. Flavors like Camel Milk, Rum Raisin and Strawberry Rye Whiskey are handcrafted in an old shoe factory in this Pennsylvania borough. The space also boats a retail arm and coffee shop.
Counter to many narratives about the death of manufacturing in southwestern PA, in 2016 the sector accounted for the most investment dollars ($6.1 billion), the most deals (50 companies expanding or relocating), and the most new and retained jobs (3,667).
Running April 30 to May 6, this statewide celebration will feature live workshops, trainings and seminars, plus a series of free webinars focused on resources for small businesses and the process of registering a business in Pennsylvania.
Companies working on a physical product are often underestimated by investors. This event at AlphaLab Gear (April 19-20) looks to change that by highlighting up to a dozen startups from across the globe, and introducing them to Steel City in the process.
At these Pennsylvania institutions, students go to college not to drink beer, but to learn how to make it. They're positioning themselves for jobs in a booming craft brewing industry that contributed $4.5 billion to the state's economy in 2014.
Sick of vanilla? Bored by chocolate? This growing Harrisburg company is serving up unique flavors -- think Bourbon Bacon and Lavender Lime -- crafted using traditional methods. They recently moved into a larger facility and continue to expand distribution across the region.