BOSTON – The Small Business Administration has named Jack’s Abby the 2018 Small Business Manufacturer of the Year for Massachusetts.
Jack’s Abby earned the recognition for outstanding growth in sales and job creation. The company has grown rapidly since the Hendler brothers started the business in 2011.
Based in Framingham, Jack’s Abby has become a mainstay of the craft brewing scene in the Northeast and nationwide. The brewery in recent years has increased production capacity due to a rise in demand for the beer in expanded territories such as Connecticut, upstate NY and Vermont.
“We’re honored to recognize the Hendler brothers who grew up in a family that promoted entrepreneurship and hard work,” said SBA Massachusetts District Director Robert Nelson. “Since opening their new brewery in Downtown Framingham, Jack’s Abby has tripled in size and continues to create jobs for the local community. “
In 2016, the business grew by approximately 73 percent.
The number of case equivalent sales increased at a rapid pace in recent years – the company sold 67,440 case equivalents in 2013; 169,141 in 2014; 217,349 in 2015; and 403,687 in 2016.
In terms of job creation, the company finished 2011 with three employees, 17 employees in 2013; and currently has over 130 employees.
Bay Colony Development, a Small Business Administration Certified Development Corporation in conjunction with Mutual One Bank – helped provide SBA 504 financing to assist Jack’s Abby in their growth phase to scale.
The company used the funds for leasehold improvements in their new brewery and beer hall in Framingham, along with the purchase of brewing equipment. The expansion enabled Jack’s Abby to increase production to over 100,000 barrels of lager a year.
“My brothers and I come from a family of small business owners and strongly believe in the ability small business has to transform communities,” said Sam Hendler of Jack’s Abby. “We are extremely proud to be recognized by the SBA.”
The Hendlers are also very active in the industry community and giving back.
Jack Hendler is an active board member of the Downtown Framingham Inc., an organization that seeks to bring life and business back to downtown Framingham. He is also the vice president of the New England chapter of the Master Brewers Association of America, which provides education and support to brewing industry professionals.
Sam Hendler was appointed to the Massachusetts Alcohol Task Force which sought to collect opinions and knowledge from brewing professionals, restaurant and package store owners, healthcare professionals, and the general public with the goal of enacting common sense liquor law revisions in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Sam Hendler is the treasurer of the Massachusetts Brewers Guild, which has hosted educational seminars for prospective brewery owners at the Springdale Barrel Room.
The company was nominated by Mary Mansfield, President at the Bay Colony Development.
Jack, Eric and Sam Hendler will be honored at the annual SCORE Boston / SBA awards luncheon along with other 2018 Massachusetts Small Business Week winners at the Sheraton Needham Hotel on Friday, May 4.
Photo courtesy of Small Business Administration