Asked about their community outreach, Guenther said, “We do it because we do feel strongly about our community.”
Guenther said that the people who come to the cultural events that Five Star helps sponsor won’t necessarily buy cars, but they will support other businesses in town.
“We feel that those people are our customers,” said Guenther. “By helping them they help us.”
Brooks’ Bottling Co. was created as a separate company this year, although Brooks’ Bar-B-Q has been bottling its sauces since 1988.
Ryan Brooks, who bought the business from his parents in 2005, said that Brooks’ created their first bottling facility in order to meet demand.
Said Brooks, “We started to see that we needed to build a different facility.”
Brooks said that Brooks’ currently bottles ten of its own products. In addition to this, it has also become a significant co-packer.
“We have over 150 labels right now that we are producing for our clients,” said Brooks, saying that some of the clients they bottle for are as far away as Vermont and Ohio. “I actually got a call from Phoenix, Ariz. today.”
Brooks’ clients include Albany institution Bombers Burrito Bar and Buffalo Boss, the maker of the official wings of the Brooklyn Nets.
An expansion of the bottling facility is set to break ground this November, and Brooks estimates that it will be ready by April of next year. Brooks says that the company’s current production line produces 1,400-1,600 bottles an hour. The new line they plan to put in will be able to produce 90 bottles a minute.
“We’ll be able to make 500 gallons of product in 45 minutes,” said Brooks.
Additionally, the old line will be retained, allowing Brooks’ to bottle two sauces at a time.
Brooks says that the completion of this new facility will result in the hiring of an additional six workers immediately, and that the bottling company will eventually employ around 20 workers. Right now, it employs six workers.