Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) toured a Waldorf distillery, sports complex and health clinic Friday afternoon in the company of state and county elected officials. Franchot and Del. Edith Patterson (D) presented each of them with citations and proclamations commemorating their accomplishments.
The first stop was BlueDyer Distilling Co. on Industrial Park Drive. Co-founder Ryan Vierheller was on hand to describe the history of the company, which is named after an ancestor of his who was a grain farmer, miller and distiller in Southern Pennsylvania in the 1720s.
Franchot presented Vierheller with a proclamation in recognition of its first national award, which it received this year from the American Distilling Institute for its aged rum. The distillery had been in business for less than a year when it received the award. Franchot also praised the economic benefits that the distillery will bring to the area.
“We have manufacturing here in Southern Maryland,” Franchot said of the distillery. “This sector is going to be a huge manufacturing hub in the state of Maryland.”