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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 5A Chad Brown convinces state to invest in distillery business Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com In just 18 months, Chad Brown went from brewing beer in his Las Vegas garage to building a distillery in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, after convincing that state to invest in his idea. The 1996 Quincy High School grad is still a little stunned by the swift turn of events. "I was a corporate security investigator for IGT (a slot machine manufacturer) in Las Vegas and every other year my cousin comes out to visit," Brown said. His cousin, Gene Purdy, is a Wyoming farmer who grew mostly wheat, with some sunflowers, barley and rye on his 24,000-plus acres. When Purdy learned that he could parlay the $3 per bushel that he earned selling barley to farmers for feed into $35 per bushel by selling malted barley to distilleries, he asked Brown if he would be interested in moving to Wyoming. It didn't take long for Brown and his wife Theresa to decide to pack up their three young daughters and move to Pine Bluffs, Wyoming -- populat'lo 1,100. Last November, he helped with the first harvest and the cousins began hatching a business plan that would provide a good market not only for their production, but for all of the farmers in the area. Brown's degree in business and Purdy's degree in agribusiness, coupled with his farming experience, proved to be a persuasive combination for the Wyoming Business Council. The council granted a grant-loan combination to Laramie County to facilitate Chad and Theresa Brown and their three daughters like their new hometown of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming. The Quincy High School grad and his cousin will be opening a malting house and distillery in the small town thanks to a combined $3.4 million loan and grant package through the Wyoming Business Council. Photo submitted building a manufacturing paying back the funds and and warehouse facility for owning the facilities Wyoming Malting Company outright in 20 years. The and Pine Bluffs Distilling, distillery would be one of the the cousins' two new largest of its kind in the businesses. The application country. was filed June 1 and was The Wyoming Business awarded Oct. 2. Council released this The grant for $2.9 million statement in making the and the loan for $550,000 -- award: "One of the WBC's were the largest allocations action items is to encourage given to any enterprise in business start-ups and grow that loan cycle, business profitability. The cousins will lease the Another is to expand facilities with the goal of agricultural diversification and market development. A malting house and distillery diversify the local agriculture industry as well as add value to crop production. When in operation, the business plans to promote agri-tourism by making the facility a destination for visitors." The business is scheduled to open next October and employ nine. Laramie County Commissioner Amber Ash said that not only would the facility bring jobs to the eastern part of the county, it would fill a niche in the market. "We can take a product that's already in Wyoming, that we're already growing and selling, and then we can value enhance it and sell it for more," she was quoted in an Associated Press article published in June. Brown is the son of Charlie and Jill Brown of Quincy, and Jill traveled to Wyoming last week to help with her granddaughters while her son attended distilling school in Louisville, Kentucky. Malting training will follow. "I still can't quite believe it," Brown said during an intervie before he left for Kentucky. Brown and his wife are happy with the move and have embraced small-town living after leaving Las Vegas. Pine Bluffs is in the southeast corner of Wyoming, about 30 miles from Cheyenne, and a two-hour drive from Denver, Colorado. Collision Repair OSV, from page 1A in the process. According to Hagwood, the USFS proposals are more than proposals. "There will be a proposal that is subject to review, but invariably what is proposed is implemented," said Hagwood. The sheriff added, "When you knowingly misrepresent facts you further reinforce the public's perception that the government is not acting with integrity and in a forthright manner." Swofford echoed that concern. "They just go ahead and they will do what they want until enough people make enough of a stink then they might listen. The coordinated councils are Richard K. Stockton State Farm Agent 65 W. Main Street Quincy, CA 95971 Bus: 530-283-0565 EBB Professionals supposed to be designed to help provide input from the general public, but they aren't even listening to what we have to say," said Swofford. 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