Pittston Twp., Luzerne County, PA -
Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre announced it has signed a lease to expand its manufacturing capabilities to a new 250,000-square-foot facility in the Grimes Industrial Park in Pittston Twp.
In a news release, the Lion Brewery said the new $25 million facility will feature two new state-of-the-art canning lines capable of producing 1,600 cans per minute, warehouse space, and a repack area. It's set to open at the beginning of 2023.
The new facility's output is forecasted at 40 million cases of cans per year which will include both brewed and non-brewed beverages.
Job opportunities will come with the expansion as the brewery expects to hire 40-50 new employees per can line with positions ranging from production workers to quality assurance technicians.
Jeff Meoni, president, and Michael Clarke, CEO, said the new can lines are the first in a series of planned investments in the new facility, while continuing to expand capabilities at the current plant.
“We continually invest in the Lion and we will continue to invest in the Lion over the next few years,” Meoni said. “This is just the next step in growth for the Lion.”
Lion Brewery, built in 1905, serves the industry as a co-packer with many contracts including Fortune 500 companies. In addition to contract brewing, it is also home to the Lionshead Beer and Root Beer brands.
It has brewing, keg, bottling and canning capabilities, more than 200,000 square feet of warehouse space, and a 400-barrel kettle. The brewery operates 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
Since 2015, the Lion Brewery has invested more than $20 million to revitalize its current capabilities with the latest addition coming by way of a new high-speed labeler and a split deck pasteurizer that can run with or without pasteurization.