Bronco Wine Co. won approval Tuesday to expand warehouse and office space at its headquarters south of Ceres.
The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 for a rezoning that will ease the way for improvements at the Keyes Road site.
The expansion will eventually add about 30 year-round jobs to the 325 or so already there, company officials said. The work force can swell to about 550 during peak production.
Bronco, founded in 1974, is one of the nation’s largest wine producers. It sells under dozens of its own labels and is heavily involved in the bulk wine market.
The Keyes Road site handles most of the volume for Bronco, which also has operations in Escalon and Napa and extensive vineyards.
Bronco declined to say how much the expansion will cost. The first phase, taking up to five years, includes a 120,000-square-foot warehouse that is part of an eventual 613,000 square feet of new storage. This phase also includes two spurs from the Union Pacific Railroad line next to the site, designed to cut down on truck traffic.
Other phases will follow as wine volume grows. They include 81,000 square feet for offices and other space for training and other needs.
The project won unanimous approval from the county Planning Commission on May 4.
The expansion is yet another sign of health for the wine industry in and near Stanislaus County. E.&J. Gallo Winery completed a major office building at its Modesto headquarters last year. The Wine Group is adding a 510,000-square-foot warehouse at the old Franzia Winery near Ripon.
John Holland: 209-578-2385