Canadian Manufacturing

Sleeman spending $7M to scale up Guelph, Ont. brewing operation, reshore production

The Ontario-based lager and ale maker will buy a range of new equipment for its production plant as well as hire 15 new workers

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GUELPH, Ont.—Canada’s third-largest beer maker is investing approximately $7 million to modernize its brewery west of Toronto and bring some of its production currently outsourced south of the border back to Canadian soil.

The capital spending plan includes packaging equipment upgrades, new beer tanks and other various improvements to production machinery. Along with reshoring some of its production from a U.S. contract brewer, the investment includes new can packaging technology that will allow Sleeman to produce 711 millilitre cans.

The company, which was acquired by Japan’s Sapporo Breweries Ltd. in 2006, will spend $6.6 million on the upgrades, while the provincial government has agreed to contribute $422,000.

The expansion project will add 15 new jobs at the Guelph brewery that already employs about 400 workers.

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