Beer, Tortillas Add to Positive Manufacturing Trend in Anchorage

Mallory Peebles Mallory Peebles, Crime and Law Enforcement, Natural Resources and Parks Reporter, Fill-in Anchor, mpeebles@ktuu.com
POSTED: 01:38 PM AKDT Oct 09, 2013 
Beer, Tortillas Add to Positive Manufacturing Trend in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -

In a state as remote as Alaska, manufacturing local goods is important to the local economy and self-sustainability. According to the Anchorage Economic Development Corp., manufacturing jobs in the city are up by 200 positions.

Taco Loco, one of the bigger manufacturing companies in Anchorage, says it have seen consistent growth.

Adam Galindo, the company's owner, says it has made tortillas, salsa and other foods since 1969 in Anchorage. Its products are shipped around Alaska and even out of state through online orders.

“Business is good, steadily growing,” Galindo said. “We probably average around 3 to 4 percent growth every year -- yeah, it's been wonderful for us.”

Galindo says the company has considered opening another location to keep up with demand or move the current operation into a much larger facility. Further, the company is considering creating an additional shift which would require at least eight new hires.

Another local business experiencing growth is the King Street Brewery.

Dave Short, a brewer at King Street, said beer production is on the rise. Just this month, the company added canned beers to their previously offered products.

“The population continues to grow and people in Anchorage just like their beer, and we think we brew pretty good,"  So yeah, we see growth and we are pretty optimistic about things."

The AEDC also predicted for the next 3 years Anchorage should see a steady rise in employment; an average of 1.2% each year or nearly 2,000 jobs is expected, according to the AEDC.

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Channel 2's Sarah Evans contributed to this story.