Deep Eddy Vodka could move distillery, operations to Buda

The site of Deep Eddy Vodka's new facility in Buda (City of Buda Photo)
The site of Deep Eddy Vodka's new facility in Buda (City of Buda Photo)

BUDA, Texas (KXAN) — Deep Eddy Vodka said Tuesday it’s planning to move their distillery and base of operations from Dripping Springs. Officials with Deep Eddy Vodka say the tasting room will remain in Dripping Springs.

On Tuesday, Buda City Council authorized an economic development agreement with Deep Eddy and its parent company, Heaven Hill, which purchased the “Austin-born” company in 2015.

“When the Buda Economic Development Corporation started working with the company on this project almost seven months ago, our primary concern was assisting Deep Eddy in their search for a facility that could meet their current and future production demands,” said EDC Director Ann Miller.

Deep Eddy first approached Buda after experiencing growing pains at its current facility. They plan to move to 150 Precision Drive off of South Loop 4, however the deal has not been finalized, the company said Wednesday.

The new building, vacant for around two years, is more than 194,000 square feet and sits on 15 acres of land. It’s at least five times the size of their current building, the company said in a statement.

Deep Eddy says at their new site they will use around the same amount of water as 35 single family households every month. The company says all of their current employees will keep their job after the move, and they plan to add 20 new jobs to their current group of 40 over the next 10 years. “That’s a conservative estimate, if they continue to see the growth that they are currently seeing, those job numbers may greatly exceed 20,” said Miller.

Buda Mayor Todd Ruge says the goal was always to keep Deep Eddy in Hays County. “I couldn’t be happier that Deep Eddy has chosen Buda for its new expanded facility. This is a victory for the City of Buda and Hays County.”

The company will be getting a 40 percent rebate on their property taxes paid on the new net value of their taxable property, estimated at $80,000. The EDC is providing $400,000 in cash incentives to the project. Of that incentive, $25,000 is being offered to the company to bring in a tasting room. “We did offer a small cash incentive if they did decide to open a tasting room in the city of Buda, It’s definitely something the city would love to see, but it’s ultimately up to the business to decide what’s right for them,” said Miller.

Factoring in the rebate and the expected cost of government services, the city says the new facility could generate $545,000 in new revenue over the course of 10 years. The revenue collected will go towards the city’s general fund. “They can use it for maintenance and operations, or they can use it to hire another police officer, or buy a piece of equipment,” said Miller.

Deep Eddy is in final negotiations with the property owner in Buda. If all goes well, the company expects to begin full production at its new location early 2017.

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