Dick DeVos has always been able to spot a great business deal, and it seems like he is positioning himself to buy another successful business. The Windquest Group, which Dick DeVos owns, has filed papers with the state to acquire its first beer and wine license. While no one is saying for sure, it would appear that Windquest will soon own Coppercraft Distillery in Holland, Michigan.
If these rumors are true, then it is great news for Holland as Dick DeVos has proved many times that he supports the communities where he has an interest. For example, he has started charter schools and donated to public libraries in communities where he owns businesses. He also has donated art to communities which should increase interest in Holland’s Tulip Festival.
Coppercraft Distillery is already one of the most respected distilleries in Michigan. Opened in 2013 by Walter Catton III, the distillery specializes in aged spirits but hopes to expand into craft beers and spirits shortly. In addition to offering a 50 seat tasting room, the distillery offers its products at more than 100 locations in Michigan, Illinois and Colorado.
The distillery currently hires eight full and part time. They hope to expand the tasting room in the future which will require hiring more staff. The distillery also hopes to expand its offerings by selling appetizers paired with customer’s favorite drinks. Additionally, they hope to expand their distribution network which could result in the need for more added staff.
Windquest Group owns a variety of businesses in the clean energy, innovation, non-profit and alternative realms. The company produces the popular ArtPrize providing over three miles of art to downtown Grand Rapids in late September and early October each year.