Danville Anheuser Busch distributor plans move

DANVILLE – Earl Gaudio and Son Inc. is poised to break ground on a new warehouse and distribution facility along Lynch Road if direct access to the highway can be worked out with the city of Danville.

Eric Gaudio, general manager of the company, which distributes Anheuser Busch products throughout the region, said the business is expanding and needs more space and closer accessibility to Interstate 74.

The facility would be built on about 20 acres just north of Big Boy restaurant on Lynch Road, north of the I-74 interchange. The property is owned by Paul Offutt with Security Ventures Inc., which will serve as the developer for the project. Security Ventures will own the land and the building, and Earl Gaudio and Son will lease the facility.

Offutt said Earl Gaudio and Son would occupy a 60,000-square-foot building at the site, and another 100,000-square-foot facility would be built there, too. Offutt could not say what business would be in that building.

The project will be a $5 million to $10 million project, said Offutt, who emphasized that it's all private money, and they're asking for no assistance from the city except for the Lynch Road access.

"It will be a world-class, phenomenal facility," said Offutt, who added that it would have a two-acre pond and fountains. "It will be an eye-catcher."

Offutt said direct access from Lynch Road is necessary, and the company is working on that with city officials. He said accessing Lynch Road by going around the Big Boy restaurant would not work with the semi-tractor trailers that Gaudio uses for distribution.

Gaudio said as soon as the access situation is worked out, construction will begin. The new building will be almost twice the size of Gaudio's current facility on Georgetown Road in Tilton. That facility is being sold, but Gaudio could not name the buyer.

He hopes the new facility will be finished and in operation by Feb. 1. At the beginning of the year, he said, the company is expanding its business by distributing some non-alcoholic beverages such as iced tea and gourmet sodas that are not Anheuser products. At least two employees will be added as well.

"We can't wait to get into the new facility," Gaudio said.

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