With more than two dozen West Virginia-based craft breweries making a growing economic impact across the state, the Charleston Area Alliance teamed up with MATRIC to help these small businesses operate more efficiently. Working with the West Virginia Craft Brewers Guild, MATRIC will now conduct all of the state breweries’ testing from their headquarters in South Charleston.
“Many West Virginia brewers were sending their samples out of state. Recognizing this testing could be provided in-state, the Alliance was able to link the breweries with MATRIC,” said Matthew Ballard, President/CEO of the Charleston Area Alliance.
“At MATRIC, we pride ourselves on being able to solve the most complex problems in science and technology,” said Steve Hedrick, CEO of MATRIC. “And when it comes to supporting craft brewery and small businesses in our great state of West Virginia, our experts are able to utilize their wealth of experience and our unique infrastructure to ensure the utmost quality of these products that make their way to consumers across the state and nationwide.”
Craft brewery growth is happening nationwide. According to the Brewers Association, a national not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, “Craft breweries contributed $67.8 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016, a 21.7 percent increase from 2014.”
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