Romania's largest liquor producer is investing millions to open its first U.S. distillery and tasting room in the Hudson Valley.

Recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the Alexandrion Group, Romania's largest spirits producer, will establish its first United States distillery in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

"The Mid-Hudson Valley's vibrant economy has attracted businesses and residents from across the world, and with the addition of the Alexandrion Group's first U.S. distillery, this region will continue to flourish," Cuomo said. "The company's investment is proof-positive that New York is a premier destination for food and drink enthusiasts."

The Alexandrion Group plans to invest over $40 million to renovate the new distillery in Putnam County, creating 102 new jobs over five years, officials say.

"Putnam County is thrilled to welcome this exciting project to the Mid-Hudson region,"
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said. "The Alexandrion Group's first U.S. distillery will generate new jobs, new investment, and new growth for our local economy and add to the momentum we're seeing across Putnam County."

In July 2017, Alexandrion Group announced its intention to invest in its first U.S. distillery. The Alexandrion Group will create 102 new jobs and invest more than $40 million in the construction and renovation of its new 120,000-square-foot distillery and tasting room located at 39 Seminary Hill in Carmel, subject to local approvals.

"I along with the Carmel community are extremely pleased and excited that the Alexandrion Group has selected the Town of Carmel to establish and operate their first U.S. Distillery, Town of Carmel Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt said. "The new distillery will create jobs and have an enormous positive effect on the local economy. This type of commercial business is the 'shot in the arm' that this community and region has been seeking for many years. Our local merchants and eateries will see an increase in customers as a result of the newly created jobs. The distillery will be a destination for many visitors and tourists adding to a huge boost in our local economy."

The project should be completed by 2020. Once complete, the new distillery will produce premium spirits tailored for the U.S. market such as whiskey, bourbon, gin, brandy and vodka, according to the Governor's office.