08.17.09 —Designer, brewer, window installer graduate from incubator
Author Kelsey Volkmann
Three companies — a Web site and graphic designer, brewer and window installer — graduate Tuesday from a South St. Louis County incubator.
E-Data Solutions Inc., which offers marketing, graphic design and Web site design, moved this month from the South County Center at 315 Lemay Ferry Road down the road to 729 Lemay Ferry Road, said President and Chief Executive Leslie Decker.
The company, which employs three full-time workers and several contractors, expects less than $325,000 in revenue this year, according to Decker.
Brewer Ray Hill moved out of the incubator and plans to open his own microbrewery in Ferguson by December.
He plans to expand his staff from two (including himself) to 20 at his new brewery at 418 S. Florissant Road, which has a production capacity of 2,000 barrels — more than double the 800 barrels Hill Brewing Co. made last year.
Hill used to have an agreement with Anheuser-Busch to brew his beer but the two “mutually” parted ways in October, he said.
Windows America, which installs replacement windows, entry and patio doors, factory-certified siding, leaf-proofing and guttering, has moved to Arnold, said Pat House, who owns the business with her husband Ron House.
The South County incubator is one of four small business centers managed by the St. Louis County Economic Council. The centers provide affordable office and warehouse space, shared support services and access to expert advice and mentors.
Originally published in the August18, 2009 St. Louis Business Journal.