Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre introduced it has signed a lease to develop its manufacturing capabilities to a brand new 250,000-square-foot facility within the Grimes Industrial Park in Pittston Twp.
In a information launch, the Lion Brewery mentioned the brand new $25 million facility will function two new state-of-the-art canning strains able to producing 1,600 cans per minute, warehouse area and a repack space. It’s set to open at the start of 2023.
The new facility’s output is forecasted at 40 million circumstances of cans per yr which can embody each brewed and non-brewed drinks.
Job alternatives will include the growth because the brewery expects to rent 40-50 new staff per can line with positions starting from manufacturing employees to high quality assurance technicians.
Jeff Meoni, president, and Michael Clarke, CEO, mentioned the brand new can strains are the primary in a collection of deliberate investments within the new facility, whereas persevering with to develop capabilities on the present plant.
“We continually invest in the Lion and we will continue to invest in the Lion over the next few years,” Meoni mentioned. “This is just the next step in growth for the Lion.”
Lion Brewery, in-built 1905, serves the business as a co-packer with many contracts together with Fortune 500 firms. In addition to contract brewing, it’s also residence to the Lionshead Beer and Root Beer model.
It has brewing, keg, bottling and canning capabilities, greater than 200,000 sq. toes of warehouse area and a 400-barrel kettle. The brewery operates 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
Since 2015, the Lion Brewery has invested greater than
$20 million to revitalize its present capabilities with the newest addition coming by the use of a brand new high-speed labeler and a cut up deck pasteurizer that may run with or with out pasteurization.