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Nova Scotia Spirit Co. plans to expand in Stellarton


STELLARTON, N.S. —

Pictou County’s Nova Scotia Spirit Co. plans to make a huge capital expansion and triple its production.

“With new markets, there’s new demand,” said company president Alex Rice. “In order to meet that demand, we’ll need to make more product.”

Inside the Nova Scotia Spirit Co. canning facility on Foord St., it’s hard to imagine there being any more room to grow.

Beverage cans bearing the young company’s trademark blue lobster are neatly stacked in the hundreds of thousands, all ready for shipment throughout Eastern Canada and Ontario.

But with interest coming from new markets, including North Eastern United States, Nova Scotia Spirit Co. has big plans to meet the demand.

On Oct. 1 the award-winning beverage company announced plans to increase its production from 4,000 cans per hour to 12,000.

A $ 3.4 million investment, Rice told The News, will focus on acquiring and building a high-speed canning facility. The 5,000-square foot build-out will be right next to the current Stellarton facility.

An innovation rebate from Nova Scotia Business Inc. to the tune of $846,750 has helped make the planned expansion possible.

“This expansion will be an opportunity to grow for years to come,” said Rice.

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