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Craft distillery coming to former Westclox building

Posted by wlpo on November 28, 2016

For the first time in more than a century, Peru will be home to a distillery.

The city council Monday night approved a craft distiller license for Star Union Spirits.  The distillery will make brandy and whiskey inside the Westclox building.  One of the business partners, Bob Windy grew up in Peru and says he always wanted to reinvest in his hometown.  He says his grandfather worked at Westclox for over 40 years and his group chose Peru over Chicago.

The distillery will include a tasting room and be located just off the main entrance to the factory.  It’s expected to create 7 to 12 jobs over the first six years of business.

Windy says the timeline is to sign a lease and order equipment next month and hopefully open next summer.

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