Prospective bidder to continue running the brewery could not be found
GUELPH, ON, Nov. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Sleeman Breweries Ltd. announced today that
it has decided to close its Dartmouth N.S. brewing facility as of end of
business today, affecting 15 employees. The company made every effort to make
the purchase of its Dartmouth facility attractive to potential buyers. While
the company was optimistic it could sell it to another brewery operator, it
has exhausted its options and could not come to terms with prospective bidders.
"We have been working for months on trying to maintain as many jobs as
possible by selling the facility to a new brewery owner," says Pierre Ferland,
National Vice President, Operations, Sleeman Breweries Ltd. "We want to thank
our employees for their years of service to Sleeman Breweries and the patience
and dedication they have shown as we tried to find a buyer. We're disappointed
we couldn't find another owner and keep these jobs in Dartmouth."
Sleeman Breweries made the opportunity to purchase the facility as attractive
as possible. Some of the measures the company took included a reduction in
the workforce to accommodate a smaller operator, and offering to have over
350,000 cases of Sleeman products produced annually in the facility until the
new brewer had their own product established. "This facility was too big for
the small operators and too small for the large ones," added Ferland
While the Sleeman brewery will be closing, the company's product will continue
to be available across the province at Nova Scotia's bars, restaurants and
About Sleeman Breweries Limited
Sleeman Breweries Ltd. is the third largest brewing company nation-wide. The
company has supplemented its core Sleeman brands, which are available in every
province, with a family of exceptional regional brands. These include Okanagan
Spring in British Columbia and Unibroue inQuebec as well as
OldMilwaukeeand Pabst Blue Ribbon. In 2006, Sleeman Breweries Limited was
acquired bySapporoHoldings Limited ofJapan. The company markets and/or
distributes world class imported products such as Guinness, Sol, Dos Equis and
Tecate and is supported by 1,000 employees.
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