Bexley buzz isn’t just marketing hype

LAND O’ LAKES — Late on a recent Saturday afternoon, as the sun’s slanting rays cast their golden autumnal glow, Tommy Brown and his young sons mounted their bikes and set off in search of adventure. Luckily, they didn’t have far to go, and their destination was known. In fact, from their side yard near the northeast corner of Ballantrae, they’d had their eyes on it for weeks: the BMX (bicycle … [Read more...]

Seeking Pasco industry nominees

Nominations are being accepted for the 2016 Pasco Economic Development Council Industry of the Year Awards. Winners will be announced at the 30th annual Appreciation Banquet in September. The awards recognize top companies in Pasco County that excel in technology, innovation, job creation, growth, capital investment and community involvement. Nominees should be service, manufacturing or … [Read more...]

Industry of the year winners announced

The Laker/Lutz News is among those honored More than 600 people gathered at Wesley Chapel’s Saddlebrook Resort at the Pasco Economic Development Council’s 29th annual Banquet and Industry of the Year Awards. The Sept. 3 event attracted a who’s who in Pasco County, including movers and shakers in government and industry, as well as leaders of community organizations. Awards were presented … [Read more...]

Big Storm offers big brew as beer operations ferment

It all started simple enough. Mike Bishop and Clay Yarn wanted to escape their stuffy office jobs, so they leased some industrial space in Odessa with the hopes of brewing a little bit of beer, and sharing it with anyone who happened to discover their operation. Instead, a 200-barrel operation exploded into a 5,000-barrel one in the span of two short years. And it might not be long … [Read more...]

In Print: Beer, trains, and remembering a dark time

What started as two guys and a micro-brewery in an Odessa industrial park has grown into a beer-making enterprise that is now looking for a home about half the size of Walmart. Big Storm Brewing Co. is just two years old, and already the company is pushing out 5,000 barrels of beer annually, and it hasn't even started to offer Big Storm in cans yet. "I never thought when we started that … [Read more...]