Jobs: Union Collective Brings Baltimore’s Growing Businesses Under One Roof
When the co-founders of Baltimore-based UNION Brewing set out to find the perfect space to grow their operations, they realized that many other like-minded local entrepreneurs were also looking for a place to expand their businesses. Together the group set their sights on a vacant industrial manufacturing complex in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood, just a stone’s throw from our investments in Remington, and created the vision for a new collaborative space that had the power to bring businesses, jobs, and visitors to their community. UNION Collective will transform 10.5 acres and 138,000 square feet of warehouse space into an interactive and collaborative assembly of several of Baltimore’s growing businesses.
- Supported by Impact Note investors, Enterprise Community Loan Fund partnered with the Reinvestment Fund to provide a $12.5 million loan to purchase the property.
- Other local businesses are already signed up include:
- Earth-Treks Climbing and Fitness: The nation’s leading indoor climbing gym operator was founded in Maryland, and this will be its first Baltimore location.
- The Charmery: Hampden’s beloved ice cream shop will open “The Ice Cream Factory” which will allow them to produce enough ice cream to open their second shop, do events and begin catering.
- Baltimore legacy company, Hedwin, was forced to vacate this space when a new owner moved operations to Delaware, leaving hundreds without jobs.
- UNION Collective is anticipated to create more than 100 new jobs over the next 5 to 10 years.
- Opening spring 2018!
“When we began this journey five years ago, we set out to do two things: brew world-class beer and foster community wherever we go,” - Jon Zerivitz, UNION’s Co-founder
To learn more about UNION Collective or to find out how you (yes you!) can make an investment that supports projects like these, contact Rachel Reilly Carroll at RRCarroll@EnteprriseCommunity.org.