$2 million low-interest loan will support the expansion of Hunga Dunga Brewing into Pullman
COLFAX – The Port of Whitman County today received a $2 million low-interest loan from the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) to support the expansion of Hunga Dunga Brewing into Pullman, Washington. The CERB loan will be used to construct a new building at the Port’s Pullman Industrial Park, which Hunga Dunga Brewing Co. will lease to operate a production facility and taproom.
“We are thrilled to support Hunga Dunga as they grow their business into Pullman. Providing ready-to-lease properties is one way the Port supports business retention, recruitment and expansion in Whitman County,” said Commissioner Karl Webber, President of the Port of Whitman Board of Commissioners. “We are grateful to CERB for recognizing this opportunity and we’re excited to welcome another business into the thriving Pullman Industrial Park.”
Hunga Dunga Brewing will sign a lease with the Port to operate the production facility and taproom, and will be responsible for financing tenant improvements. The brewery estimates the new facility will employ 20 staff by the beginning of its second year. The brewery was founded and will remain based at its original location in Moscow, Idaho, and the new Pullman facility will help it meet growing consumer demand.
“We have long-standing connections to the Pullman community and are very excited about this opportunity to work with the Port of Whitman,” said Graham Lilly, owner and manager of Hunga Dunga Brewing. “Our Pullman facility will help us respond to production demands and usher Hunga Dunga Brewing into our next phase of development.”
Hunga Dunga intends to partner with Pullman-founded Paddock Spirits Company to increase production of Paddock’s canned cocktails. Hunga Dunga’s owners also plan to start a new, Washington state-based distribution company.
About the Pullman Industrial Park
The Port created the Pullman Industrial Park, located on Terre View Drive on the north end of Pullman, in the 1980s. The park is home to a diverse community of technology, life sciences, and other businesses that together employ 2,800 workers. There are three building sites left at the industrial park. Hunga Dunga will occupy one location, which is adjacent to a second available 1.5-acre lot. The third available building site encompasses three lots and is slated for the proposed “scaling facility,” a Port initiative to support the launch of innovative clean technology businesses spinning out of land grant universities.
About the Port of Whitman County
The Port of Whitman County is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all citizens of Whitman County through industrial real estate development, preservation of multi-modal transportation, facilitation of economic development and provision of on-water recreational opportunities.