Bill White Posted March 31, 2011 Share Posted March 31, 2011 Hi all, Seeing as how my business partner and I just gave the green light to the lawyers to get the LLC paperwork filed, I guess now is the time to do introductions. We're starting a distillery in Southeast Ohio. I'm coming into this from a (successful) background in entrepreneurship, having co-founded an ISP fifteen years ago that's still running. At the moment I'm finishing up a PhD, and I've come to realize I don't really like academia nearly as much as I thought I would. On the other hand, the degree process has given me both theoretical and hands-on experience in microbiology, process control, chemistry and chemical engineering, and more stats than I'd ever cared to learn. I've also got some side experience in metal working. I've always had a fascination with the distillation process and once I realized it was possible to do this on a batch, craft scale, and produce and market a quality product which I can be proud of, I was sold on the idea, so here I am. I wanted to get started a few years back, but frankly, I needed a business partner. I eventually found one, Nellie, who happens to have most of the skills I lack (design, logistics, and a ridiculously sensitive nose). Between the two of us we have enough marketing and sales experience to get us going, though, we'll no doubt need to bring in qualified people at some point. Right now we're, learning, getting the business plan together, looking into facilities, and running the numbers. We're going for funding starting mid spring to summer, but we have some investors in mind already, and we're hoping to limit our debt and avoid having to deal with the SEC (I dealt with them on the last company and it wasn't much fun). The scale of operations will depend upon our funding, of course. I've got some ideas with respect to production flexibility, modular equipment design, process control, automation, and energy efficiency / waste heat recovery which I want to pursue. We're currently looking into the feasibility of designing and/or constructing some of our own equipment; even with the hassles it might be in our financial interest, and the code office at least has been warm to the idea. My wife, who has been through the startup roller coaster ride with me before, doesn't think we're completely bonkers. That's the best endorsement I can think of! Anyway, nice to meet everyone, and with any luck we'll throw the switch in the summer of 2012! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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