Boardman – Candella Micro-Distillery, LLC

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Boardman – Candella Micro-Distillery, LLC

“Simply to make the best liquor that we can, one small batch at a time. Life is too short to make bad liquor.” – William Candella

Candella Micro-Distillery, LLC is a relatively new Ohio-based company. It was created to take advantage of a 2011 change in legislation that allowed distillers to operate in all 88 Ohio counties. The distillery holds the distinction of being the first “legal” distillery in the Mahoning County since Prohibition. With support from the SBA Intermediary Program (ILP) through MVEDC, the company has efficient working capital and equipment to grow the business.

The company was founded by William Candella, a retired telecommunications engineer from AT&T, in June of 2012. After the long process of acquiring all the required permits and licenses, he began producing Y-Town Vodka in September of 2013. The distillery won two gold medals in April from the American Distilling Institute for “Best in Class” and “Best Vodka from Pure Cane Sugar.” The distillery is up and running, and product is in a number of local state stores and bars.