ANN ARBOR — Big changes are underway at Northern United Brewing Company (NUBC) — the maker of Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, North Peak and Grizzly Peak beers. The company announced that it will open a new 70,000 square foot brewing facility in Dexter, where Ron Jeffries will oversee all brewing operations for Jolly Pumpkin and North Peak.

The new site allows for expansion up to 150,000 square feet in the future.

“I’m very excited to be making the 1.5 mile move to our new plant.  More sour beer can only be a good thing!” says Jeffries. “And did I mention IPAs?  Taking over the brewing of the North Peak line with those fantastic hoppy beers — are you kidding me, it’s a(nother) dream come true!”

The move means that NUBC’s 5,600 square foot facility on the Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City will be dedicated to the production of Civilized Spirits and North Peak’s Nomad Hard Cider, under the auspices of Mike Hall.

“We’re excited for the North Peak and Jolly Pumpkin brands to have a new home to continue to meet our growing demand.  This will allow us to focus on our micro distillery, and expand our production of Civilized Spirits,” says Hall.  “We will continue to create the highest quality craft spirits, and we are also looking forward to knocking out some exclusive experimental brews at the JP pub.”

NUBC has also announced the hiring of Tony Grant as the company’s chief financial and chief operating officer, effective July 1. His primary focus is working with the executive team to develop the near and long-term strategies for the company.

Tony has more than 10 years of Fortune 500 experience in strategic finance, operations and executive management in retail, commercial and industrial real estate and manufacturing operations. Most recently, he served as director of corporate development with Owens Corning where he focused on all aspects of global acquisition and divestiture activity and various strategic projects for the company.

“We are extremely excited to add a person of Tony’s caliber to our executive management team,” according to Jon Carlson and Greg Lobdell, who along with Ron Jeffries and Mike Hall are managing partners of NUBC. “His experience along with his tremendous work ethic and ability to lead will allow NUBC to continue on the path of growth that we have been experiencing and allow the company to reach its full potential.”