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Onyx Spirits Company Moves From Manchester to East Hartford

The new space will allow the company to continue its expansion.

Onyx Spirits Company has announced it has expanded to an 11,000 square foot facility in East Hartford, moving its headquarters from the historic Hilliard Mills complex in Manchester. 

The new space, located on Oakland Avenue in East Hartford, will allow the company to increase production of Onyx Moonshine, the first legal moonshine to be produced in New England and the first Ultra Premium American moonshine. Onyx Spirits Company launched in October 2011, and has rapidly expanded production to meet the growing demand.  It is currently available in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island with a launch in New York set for Spring. 

The new facility allows for the addition of two moonshine stills, and will eventually feature a 2,000 square foot tasting room that will include a historical exhibit on prohibition in Connecticut. 

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“We’ve been very fortunate this past year to have grown so quickly, but it was much faster than we expected and we needed more space. The new facility will allow us to invite customers from all over to come and see how Onyx is made, minus some of our secrets, of course,” said Onyx Spirits Company co-founder Adam von Gootkin.  “We’ll have enough room to grow for years to come as we continue showing the world what an ultra premium Connecticut moonshine tastes like,” he added. 

Onyx Spirits Company received a $100,000 matching grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic Development (DECD) in 2012.  It was used for hiring additional employees, purchasing new equipment, and investment into a larger facility. 

Rudy Hrubala February 15, 2013 at 11:57 AM
It's a shame our town didn't do more to keep this unique and growing business in our community. Opportunities like this don't often come along, but when they do we must make every effort to support them. This unfortunate event should be a wakeup call for the BOD and the CofC.
Daisy Hann February 15, 2013 at 01:27 PM
I'm saddened to see Onyx leave Manchester. I went to as many Onyx events that I could to support a Manchester company, not to mention the bottles my whole family bought. It's a great product but with so much empty real estate in town it's too bad a place couldn't be found in Manchester. Good luck in the future; I'm sorry you outgrew Manchester.
Beth Stafford February 15, 2013 at 01:39 PM
I am so sorry to lose this Manchester business. They have been very generous to our community. East Hartford wins with this move. I wish them the best in the growth of their unique product.
tina bourke February 15, 2013 at 03:08 PM
I read an article and they stated it had nothing to do with the town only due to having a bigger location as they expanded so rapidly...... They deserve to have this opportunity and I am happy for them!
Jerry O'Connor February 15, 2013 at 03:50 PM
C'mon folks. They're not moving to a third world country. They're moving one town over. Nobody's being laid off. The EDC and GMCC were instrumental in the redevelopment of the Hilliard Mills area, an ongoing project, and the facilities there serve as an incubator for small businesses. We should applaud their success and their decision to expand in our area. (And continue to buy their product!)
Gerry Guay February 15, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Manchester could have done more to keep them here and on our tax rolls. A fast growing and successful business which will expand in the future as their worldwide consumers grow. It's unfortunate they are leaving. Reminds me of another successful company Carla's Pasta which also moved from Manchester to South Windsor in 2001-02. The family-owned business had been in Manchester since 1978 and built a $10 million, 45,000 sq.ft. headquarters and warehouse in South Windsor. Both these companies gave the same reason for moving expansion which they could have done in Manchester.
alex urbanetti February 16, 2013 at 02:38 PM
It takes a lot of courage to put your name on pointing out beauracratic error. Alex Urbanetti
Scott Aiken February 17, 2013 at 02:00 PM
I'm torn here. On one side, I'm happy to hear a Connecticut business doing so well. On the other side, I'm disappointed that they are moving to East Hartford. I believe this came down to Onyx chasing the best deal rather than staying loyal to roots they had made in Manchester. There is so much commercial space available in Manchester that is either ready to use, or needs a little redevelopment. If they wanted to stay in Manchester, I believe that they would have found a way. Because of that, my prevailing feeling is good riddance. I want businesses in Manchester that have a long term vision for staying in Manchester.
Mark LeClair February 20, 2013 at 03:57 PM
I agree with Mr. Guay's opinion. While I am not a big alcohol drinker, I certainly was proud that such a fast growing and nationally recognized brand was Manchester based. If we can get big box stores built all over town, we certainly could accomodate Onyx. Manchester's loss for sure. 'East Hartford' just doesn't have the same ring to it as our fair Silk City does.

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