Wolfhead job fair successful

 

 

By Adam D’Andrea

 

Over 100 potential employees headed to the Wolfhead Distillery Saturday afternoon to become part of Windsor and Essex County’s first premium craft distillery.

The new distillery and accompanying restaurant, which are set to open in late May, held a job fair April 23 to find kitchen staff, wait staff, production workers and mixologists. The day was deemed a success with many eager job-seekers gathering at 8 a.m., two hours before the job fair’s scheduled start time.

“It was very busy. During the first couple of hours there were a lot of people. If we kept going along those lines we would’ve had 300 people here,” said Wolfhead team member Karen Wetlauffer, who added the distillery is looking to fill 20 to 30 positions over the next few months.

Wolfhead Distillery co-owners Larry Girard (left) and Tom Manherz show off some of their equipment following a successful on-site job fair. Windsor and Essex County’s first premium craft distillery is set to open at the end of May. Photo by Adam D’Andrea

Wolfhead Distillery co-owners Larry Girard (left) and Tom Manherz show off some of their equipment following a successful on-site job fair. Windsor and Essex County’s first premium craft distillery is set to open at the end of May. Photo by Adam D’Andrea

“As production kicks up and people start purchasing our products we’re going to need an extra shift, and then an extra shift after that. This is all pretty much just assuming it’s the day shift, one shift a day.”

Initially the distillery was only supposed to be a bottling company, providing services for large companies such as Hiram Walker and Diageo. However, as time went on owner Tom Manherz decided it would be a great idea to get into the up-and-coming business of craft distilling. Currently distilleries face considerably more restrictions in Ontario than breweries and wineries, but according to Wetlauffer the government is now working to level the playing field.

“We can’t go and deliver to a local restaurant around here, but breweries and wineries can. So the playing field isn’t level, but the government is going through right now and trying to do that,” Wetlauffer said. “So it’s a perfect time to get in this, we feel. The wave of the wineries has happened, and then the wave of the micro-breweries happened, and now it’s the craft distillery.”

The Wolfhead team is excited to get their fresh and creative products out to the public, which will include caramel apple whiskey, grapefruit vodka, coffee whiskey liqueur and many others.

Those who are interested in working for Wolfhead and may have missed the job fair are still encouraged to send a resume and cover letter to info@drinkwolfhead.com.

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