Some TRU Colors Brewing Company workers walked through the doors of their new facility for the first time.
We’ve been following the plans for the business since last year, when we first reported on the company that hired rival gang members.
The employees held a team meeting in their new space on Old Diary Road in Dutch Square for the first time Friday night.
The murder of a teenager on Castle Street in Wilmington in 2015 prompted entrepreneur George Taylor (National Speed, Untappd) to look into ways to stop the violence. His idea formed into TRU Colors Brewing Company.
More than 30 active gang members are working on various aspects of the business.
Cory Wrisborne has been with the company since it was just an idea.
He said the 40,000 square foot facility will house brewery operations, including production, canning and distribution.
It will also contain a gym and recording studio for the employees and TRU News, a community news production that will launch in a few weeks.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to see everything we talked about in the board rooms, to feel it and touch it now,” he said. “It’s great. Once we start rolling this beer out…it’s an amazing feeling.”
Seeing the new facility, the workers ended the week on a positive note.
We first reported Wednesday on the arrests of three of the company’s employees on drug-related charges.
When asked about the arrests, the workers said they have even more to prove now and they want to focus on what’s next, brewing beer.
As for that, the workers expect to roll out their first beer in early 2019.
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