|A lineup going defunct|
In this instance, it is the announcement from a St. Lawrence County brewer that it is shutting down operations.
St. Lawrence Brewing Company, which opened in Canton in 2013, closed its tap room Wednesday, then announced it will cease production by the end of the month, citing slow sales and increased competition. It didn't help that a trio of regional development agencies recently called in the low-interest loan that originally helped the brewery open.
According to officials, $290,000 still is owned on a loan of $375,000 made by the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency, the North County Alliance, and the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation. That means the brewer aid back only about $85,000 in its three years of operation.
"Despite our efforts, we've been unable to maintain a sales volume to sustain operations in a rapidly changing and increasingly competitive market," brewery owner Kenneth M. Hebb said in a Facebook announcement. "Unfortunately, we've had to close our doors. We'd like to thank you for your support of the brewery over the last three years. The people we've met, the good times we've had, and most importantly, the friends we've made have been our most valuable assets."