Bell's Brewery announces career fair

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By: Eric Strader
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Eric Strader

Many breweries across the country are expanding, and that includes two breweries in Michigan – Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, and Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo.

It may be a bit of a drive from Michiana, but if you are looking to get into the brewing industry, what better place than to start with Bell’s Brewery? According to the Brewer’s Association, as of 2013, Bell’s was the seventh overall largest craft brewery in the U.S. (based on total beer sales volume) and Founders was ranked 26th overall.

I know several employees who work at Bell’s and they are very happy with their employment. They have a great benefit package, and if you read below, you will find that it does include beer!

From press release:

COMSTOCK, Mich. – Bell’s Brewery, Inc., in partnership with Michigan-based EmploymentGroup, will host its first Career Fair at its Comstock Brewery, 8938 Krum Ave. in Galesburg, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.

With multiple expansion projects already in progress, Bell’s will be conducting onsite interviews for more than 100 full time and part time positions to be filled over the next year at all of its locations.

Twenty of those positions will be filled right away in areas such as Maintenance, Packaging, Shipping and Receiving, Facilities, Housekeeping and Internet Technology, as well as the Eccentric Cafe’s Kitchen. The rest will come on board later in 2015 as future expansion projects are completed.

“This isn’t just a career fair,” said Carrie Overton, Bell’s Director of Human Resources. “It’s about adding to our family. Because of the tremendous support we have received from our community and our fans, we are growing and we need more people,” she said.

Representatives from Bell’s production and leadership teams will be on-hand to answer questions about what it is like to work at Bell’s and meet with prospective employees.

Bell’s offers a robust benefits package including health insurance plus dental and vision coverage, a very competitive 401-k program, paid vacation and personal time, wellness programs, life insurance, as well as a few other perks that come with working at a brewery.

“The Bell family takes great pride in the fact that we provide world class benefits that provide peace of mind for our employees and their families,” Overton said.

“And yes, that does include beer,” she added.

EmploymentGroup representatives will also be reviewing applications for other jobs in the community.

Those interested must bring a resume, be at least 18 years old and have reliable transportation. Tours of the brewery and light refreshments will be available during the fair.

Regularly scheduled brewery tours for the public will instead be offered at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. rather than at noon and 4 p.m.

Bell’s currently employs more than 290 people across the 20 states it distributes to.

For more information, please email employment@bellsbeer.com.

If you didn’t get downtown Goshen last week to sample beer from Goshen Brewing Company, you missed out. The black raspberry bourbon stout was quite tasty. I talked with Jesse Sensenig today, and he was happy to report that they made their Indigogo campaign goal! My van is the first vehicle in Goshen (or anywhere for that matter) to sport a Goshen Brewing Company sticker!

Lastly, join LaSalle Grill and ten other South Bend restaurants for a Wednesday Beer Walk on October 8. Tickets are $40 per person and includes three beer tastings and three complimentary appetizers at each participating restaurant. Event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. LaSalle grill will feature Upland Oktoberfest, Southern Tier Pumpking and Bell’s Java Stout on their second floor. For more details, visit Eat Drink Downtown South Bend’s website.

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