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Firefly Distillery moving, expanding operations

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Firefly Distillery LLC is planning to move its Wadmalaw Island operations to a new, larger facility in North Charleston, investing $7.3 million in the region and creating 20 new jobs.

The distillery known for its sweet tea-infused vodka is constructing its new facility at 1210 Valdosta St. in North Charleston, a 16-acre site between South Rhett and Spruill avenues. The new facility is scheduled to be operational by the fall of 2019.

Scott Newitt, president of Firefly, said in a statement that the Valdosta Street facility will allow the distillery to offer expanded tours and tastings.

“We are very excited about our new distillery experience coming to North Charleston,” he said.

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said he is glad to see Firefly taking part in the “revitalization story” of the Park Circle and Spruill Avenue area.

“Firefly’s welcomed expansion into North Charleston is taking a former public works transfer site and reimagining it into a sprawling destination within the heart of our city,” he said in a statement.

Hiring for the new positions at Firefly is slated to begin in early 2019.

The announcement comes two years after Firefly backed out of a move to Azalea Drive in North Charleston that would’ve had the distillery sharing facilities with Palmetto Brewing Co.

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