Canadian company Oland has begun a C$14 million (€9.8m) investment to expand brewing capacity at its 135-year-old brewery in Halifax. Construction on the project began back in March of this year to increase brewing capacity from the existing one million hectolitres per year to over 1.2 million hectolitres annually.
The investment includes a series of projects to upgrade the brewery's fermentation system, yeast management and yeast storage areas, ageing tank additions and a new keg line. All projects are scheduled to be completed by November of 2002.
Over the past ten years, Oland has invested over C$40 million in capital to keep the brewery in top condition. Jay Brunson, food and beverage manager for Industrialinfo.com, said: "This is a small specialty brewery and demand for Oland's Keith's Pale Ale has increased in Ontario. The company has been trying to squeeze more capacity out of the small brewery over the past 10 years."
The brewery employs about 225 people and is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia in the Maritime Provinces.