Shakopee’s Rahr Corporation becomes world’s largest single-site malting facility

[shareprints gallery_id=”49863″ gallery_type=”slider” gallery_position=”pos_center” gallery_width=”width_100″ image_size=”xlarge” image_padding=”4″ theme=”dark” image_hover=”false” lightbox_type=”slide” titles=”true” captions=”true” descriptions=”true” comments=”true” sharing=”true”]If you’ve passed through Shakopee, Minnesota, you’ve probably seen them—a line of towering concrete silos set along the railroad tracks. This is the headquarters of Rahr Corporation, a family-owned company that just became the largest single-site malting facility in the world.

On Saturday, September 24, the company celebrated the completion of a major expansion project, which includes a new malt house, a pilot brewery and laboratory for testing products, and a new packaging and distribution facility.

Rahr by the numbers

$68 million

The cost of Rahr’s expansion project that includes the malt house, pilot brewery and technical center, and distribution center. The project was started in April 2015 and finished six months ahead of schedule.

6 billion

The number of bottles of craft beer that can be brewed with the malt produced each year at Rahr’s facility.

70,000 metric tons

The amount of malt that will be produced in the new 115,000-square-foot malt house. According to the tour guide, the new facility’s kiln will be able to produce varieties of roasted malts, such as chocolate malts, not just the base malts Rahr has built its name on.

$610,000

The amount awarded by Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) in Job Creation Fund resources to Rahr in April 2015. DEED’s funding approval followed the City of Shakopee’s approval in March 2015 of Rahr’s tax increment financing request. Combined, the state and city approvals helped Rahr launch its latest expansion and job creation.

169

The number of years Rahr Malting has been in business. The company was founded by German immigrant and brewer William Rahr in 1847 and is still owned and operated by the Rahr family, now in its fifth and sixth generations.

28

The number of full-time employees that the company is hiring with this expansion. “This project is focused on taking our quality, capabilities and service to an even higher level,” said William Rahr, president and chief executive officer of Rahr Corporation, a family-owned business for the past 169 years. “We’re adding 28 full-time employees at our home base in Shakopee to make this growth possible and meet the needs of a thriving brewing and beverage industry.”


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