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Local brewery in big trouble

The City of Greater Sudbury intends to sell the local Northern Breweries plant in order to collect $540,000 in back property taxes. A court ordered the company to pay the taxes last week, according to city solicitor Ron Swiddle.
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The City of Greater Sudbury intends to sell the local Northern Breweries plant in order to collect $540,000 in back property taxes.

A court ordered the company to pay the taxes last week, according to city solicitor Ron Swiddle.

The sale could happen before October.

The Sudbury plant has 11 unionized and three non-unionized employees. It opened in 1907 as the Sudbury Brewing and Malting Company and became Northern Breweries in 1979.

The company's head office is in Sault. Ste. Marie, where its only other brewery is. That plant can produce 85,000 hectolitres of brew annually ( one hectolitre is 100 litres). The Sudbury plant produces about 130,000 hectolitres per year.

The local plant of late has been producing the company's ale line while lagers are produced in the Soo.

Employees have indicated finances are so tight at the local brewery it was only selling bottled beer.

There is no money for cans.



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