Make us your home page
Instagram

Orders pour in for Brooksville firm's draft beer gear

Whether it's a Samuel Adams Boston Lager or a Blue Moon Belgian White, if it's on tap, there's a good chance it's been poured with a Micro Matic product. Micro Matic makes just about anything having to do with draft beer: keg pumps, CO2 regulators, beer tap handles, even refrigerated containers especially designed for kegs called kegerators. And despite the economic downturn, this Hernando County manufacturer continues to grow, from $5 million in revenue a few years ago to $20 million in 2009.

Micro Matic USA LLC, formerly Tissco, moved to the Hernando County Airport Industrial Park in 2008. Just two years later, it needs more space.

Recently, the Danish company began work on a 32,000-square-foot expansion, which will bring its Brooksville operation to more than 85,000 square feet. Under construction by Wagner Construction of Leesburg, the project will be completed next spring.

"Florida is still a place where there's room for growth and the price level is reasonable," said Torben Toftegaard, chief executive officer of Micro Matic USA LLC.

According to the Hernando County Office of Business Development, the local expansion also provides space for the company to consolidate manufacturing operations.

A privately held company, Micro Matic was founded in 1953, and employs more than 900 people worldwide and 80 workers in Hernando County. Officials expect to see that number grow in the coming year, said Toftegaard.

The warehouse is neat and efficient with sales associates, administration, and those on the production line all in close proximity.

CJ Curtis, 30, has worked for Micro Matic for the past six months. On a recent morning he carefully assembled a variety of stainless steel pieces from start to finish, putting his completed product neatly in a box.

"I assemble the couplers," Curtis said. "It's the thing that goes into the keg and lets the beer come out."

A few tables down is Sarah Phillips, 20, who has worked with the company for a year. Over the whirring sound of drills, she adeptly demonstrates the correct way to assemble a series of copper and black pieces for regulators.

"I graduated from Nature Coast (Technical High School)," she said. "This is my first job."

The company offers beer institutes several times a year to help customers avoid the pitfalls of draft beer — too fizzy, too flat — and make the most of its products.

And in this economic downturn, those products have continued to be popular. The Brewers Association reports the number of American breweries recently reached 1,625, the highest number in 100 years.

Shary Lyssy Marshall can be reached at slmarshall.sptimes@gmail.com.

Orders pour in for Brooksville firm's draft beer gear 09/23/10 [Last modified: Thursday, September 23, 2010 8:58pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Reload your SunPass account. Roadway tolls return Thursday.

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida residents will no longer get a free pass traversing most stretches of the Florida Turnpike or certain local expressways across the state.

    With a push by the Florida Turpike to encourage more drivers traveling the Veterans and Suncoast Parkway to buy a Sunpass, motorists will begin to see more lanes converted to handle Sunpass. [Tampa Bay Times]
  2. Tampa Heights project gets $21.5 million in funding

    Real Estate

    TAMPA --- The Tampa-based Heights Community Development District got a financial boost from a $21.5 million tax-exempt bond issue to fund the waterfront community being built along the Hillsborough River just north of downtown Tampa. Proceeds from the bond issue are expected to used for new roads, sidewalks, the Tampa …

    Tampa's Heights Community Development District got a financial boost from a $21.5 million tax-exempt bond issue to fund the waterfront community being built along the Hillsborough River just north of downtown Tampa.
[Courtesy of Aerial Innovations, Inc.]
  3. Grocery chain Aldi hiring for 500 positions across Florida

    Retail

    Aldi, the German grocery store chain, is hiring for 500 positions across Florida, including at its locations in Tampa Bay. The company will hold a "one-day hiring spree" Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at all Aldi stores in the state, a Tuesday release said.

    Aldi, a German grocery store chain, is hiring for 500 positions across the state. | [Times file photo]
  4. Irma's death toll in Florida rises to 42, but will grow

    News

    TALLAHASSEE —Deadly carbon monoxide fumes have killed 11 people in Florida as Hurricane Irma's death toll rose to 42 on Tuesday, state officials reported.

    A resident walks by a pile of debris caused by a storm surge during Hurricane Irma in Everglades City. The isolated Everglades City community of about 400 people suffered some of Florida's worst storm surges, up to 9 feet (2.7 meters), when Hurricane Irma slammed the region eight days ago, leaving the insides of homes a sodden mess and caking the streets with mud. The storm affected nearly every part of the state, and, so far, the death toll stands at 42. [AP Photo | Alan Diaz]
  5. After Irma, Tampa Bay synagogues get ready for Rosh Hashana

    Religion

    As the holiest days of the Jewish calendar approached, so did Hurricane Irma.

    Congregants open the ark which holds several torah scrolls during Selichot services at Congregation B'nai Israel of St. Petersburg on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The Jewish new year, Rosh Hashana begins at sundown on Wednesday night.